Rhino Rescue 6D

Zoom along on a high-speed chase to save a precious baby rhino and his mother from poachers. Watch out for the elephants, wildebeest, zebras, and other African wildlife in your frantic pursuit! Riders are fully immersed in the action through 3D film, motion simulator seats, and atmospheric special effects for a heart-pounding 6D experience that drives home an important conservation message.

Rhino Rescue lasts four minutes and accommodates 12 people. It's an experience not to be missed!

Tickets: $5
Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Weekends, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.




Aussie Aviary

You won’t believe your eyes in the Aussie Aviary, where hundreds of brightly colored budgerigars, affectionately called budgies, flit and flutter through this free-flight, warm-weather exhibit. In the Aussie Aviary feeding the animals is encouraged! Guests can purchase seed sticks and feed the budgies, a variety of small slender parrots with long tapering tails. If you’re lucky, the birds will land on your seed stick and let you keep them company while they enjoy a little nibble.

Hours (weather permitting):
Weekends and holidays through October 1, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed for the season beginning October 1
Cost: $2/stick




Giraffe Encounters

Don’t miss an opportunity to meet the giraffes up-close!  Space is limited to 15 individuals. Guests may purchase tickets at the Giraffe Encounter gate, located past the Giraffe Savannah and across from Outback Trail. Participants must arrive 15 minutes prior to the encounter time. Each experience will last approximately 30 minutes. 

Please note: There is no advance registration and encounters may be cancelled at any time due to weather or the animals’ needs.

Weekends, 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Closed for the season beginning October 1
Cost: $5.00 per person (first-come, first-served)




With 10,000 square feet to let children’s imaginations run wild, we’re serious about playtime. With designs inspired by the wildlife that inhabit the Zoos, kids can frolic among giant fish, slip down a giraffe-like tube slide, and "hop on" a Panamanian golden frog spring rocker.

Our playground incorporates fitness challenges, promotes positive social interaction, encourages negotiating skills, and uses play to teach about conservation and wildlife. Rubberized ground cover makes it safe and accessible for all children.

Open regular Zoo hours.






Carousel, Train and Safari Jeep Rides

Climb aboard our red train and experience Franklin Park Zoo while you’re on the move. It’s a great way to take in our wild and beautiful landscape. Or, hop the whimsical animals of our classic carousel, a joy for the young and the young at heart. And, the motorized Safari Jeep always puts a smile on the faces of smaller children. Beep, Beep!


Carousel: $2.00
Safari Jeep*: $2.00
Train: $2.00
3-Ride Combo for $5.00 (Valid for jeep, train and carousel)
All-day pass: $10.00 (Unlimited rides all day; valid for jeep, train and carousel)
*The Safari Jeep is a stationary children's ride.


Train: Weekends, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Carousel and Jeep Safari: Weekends, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

May, June, July and August
Train: Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Weekends, 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Carousel and Jeep Safari: 
Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; 
Weekends, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Open weekends, 10:00 am - 5:30 p.m.

Open weekends, 10:00 am - 3:30 p.m.

November through the end of March