Please note: Due to the Caribbean Festival Parade on August 23, vehicular access and parking will be greatly affected around Franklin Park Zoo. Beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m., Peabody Circle will be closed to vehicular traffic and vehicular access to Franklin Park Zoo will only be available from the Shea Rotary on Morton Street. Parking for Zoo guests will only be available at the Giraffe entrance accessed via Pierpont Road.

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Catering

Centerplate, Franklin Park Zoo’s caterer, will assist with all your catering needs. They can be contacted at 617.989.2007 or chayes@zoonewengland.com for detailed menus and further inquiries.

Zoo New England's catering menu includes the following meal options:

  • Boxed Lunches & Sandwich Platters
  • BBQ Buffet
  • Birthday Party Packages
  • Passed and Stationary Hors d'oeuvres
  • Dinner Stations
  • Dessert Stations and Trays
  • Beverage Options

View Our Full Menu (pdf)

External Caterers

External caterers are welcome. If a vendor other than Zoo caterer Centerplate is used, Centerplate will supervise the caterer’s presence and collect a 19% surcharge of the caterers' invoice for food, beverages and services.

  • A meeting with any external vendors is required at least two weeks prior to your event date to coordinate delivery times, loading areas, set-up locations and pick-up schedule.
  • Zoo New England cannot issue refrigerator or freezer space.
  • Scheduled deliveries may be made the same day as the event only.
  • It’s the responsibility of outside caterers to set-up, break down and perform basic cleaning as deemed appropriate by the Rentals and Private Functions Manager.

Alcohol

You may serve alcohol at your event. However, you are required to have a fully licensed and bonded bartender on Zoo grounds when alcohol is served, as well as a state police detail and a one-day liquor license. Our caterer can handle all these details for you.