Experience farm life in the middle of Boston! This warm-weather exhibit features a contact corral, where children can see and touch friendly animals such as goats and sheep. Explore the brooder building, where newly-hatched chicks keep warm, and visit the chicken coop to greet several species of older chickens. The main barn houses ponies, donkeys, goats, and sheep. Keep an eye peeled for our resident barn cat!
Franklin Farm Animals:
- Barn Owl
- Randall Cattle
- Poitou Donkeys
- Nigerian Dwarf Goats
- Guinea Hogs
- Barn Cat (though he spends most days cat-napping behind the scenes!)
The Petting Zoo is open weekends from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. through October.
Please note: Rain, high heat or other conditions may affect availability.
Daily, 3:00 p.m.
Learn more about the animals of Franklin Farm during daily zookeeper encounters.
Go on a Behind-the-Scenes Tour!
Looking for a hands-on visit to the Zoo? Head over to Franklin Farm to learn more about horses, ponies, donkeys, sheep and goats as well as chickens and pigs. See how to groom a horse and meet the other animals up close. Visit our Education section for full details!