Important: In preparation for our annual Run Wild event, Franklin Park Zoo will close at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 6. General admission tickets will be sold through 3:30 p.m.

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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.