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Visitor FAQ

How late is the Zoo open?

Franklin Park Zoo is open year-round. Hours are:

Apr. 1 – Sept. 30: Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., weekends and holidays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Oct.1 – Mar. 31: Daily 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Last entry one half hour before closing.

Is the Zoo open in the winter?

Yes! Our Zoos are open year-round. Check out our Winter Visits page for full details on animals you’ll see and special winter events we host.

Can I bring my own food with me to the Zoo?

You’re welcome to bring your own lunch and snacks with you. We have plenty of picnic areas available. Please note: glass containers, straws or alcohol are not allowed on Zoo grounds.  Please help in our conservation efforts by throwing away garbage and recycling plastic and aluminum cans.

I forgot to pack something. Where can I purchase essential items?

Our gift shop sells all the essentials, like batteries, sunscreen, umbrellas, first aid kits, basic medication, etc. Bandaids and first aid kits are also available at Zoo admissions booths.

Where’s the nearest restroom and changing station?

Every public restroom –both male and female—has a changing station. 

Restrooms are located in the Children’s Zoo, Giddy-Up Grill, Outback Barbeque, Kalahari Kitchen and the Tropical Forest. View Map

Do you offer any discounts?

Check out our Special Offers page for upcoming specials, or become a member.

A membership typically pays for itself in just two visits. Your membership allows free admission to both Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo for one full year, and includes exclusive benefits. Learn more about becoming a member!

Can I smoke in the Zoo?

Smoking within our Zoo is prohibited. Check with the Admissions booth for the closest permissible location.

Membership questions?

See our Membership FAQ page.

Does Zoo New England donate tickets for charitable causes?

Yes—please see our Zoo & the Community page for full details on donation requests.

 

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