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Winter Visits

Hop out of hibernation and head to Stone Zoo this winter! There's snow much to see!

  • View fall/winter hours
  • The Zoo is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • In cases of inclement weather, the Zoo may be closed. To check if we’re open on the day of your visit, please call 617-541-LION (5466).

Which animals am I likely to see?

More often than not, you’ll be able to see our:

  • Black bears
  • North American river otters
  • Snow leopards
  • Jaguars
  • Cougar
  • Caribbean flamingos
  • Arctic foxes
  • Reindeer
  • Yak
  • and many others!

Are there any animals that might not be on exhibit?

When the temperature begins to drop, we’re often asked “What happens to the animals?” Many of the animals who call Stone Zoo home are incredibly adaptable and can tolerate cold weather. But others aren’t as able to acclimate to the cold temperatures. When the temperature is too cold for them to enjoy their outdoor exhibit, they stay indoors in their warm, off-exhibit space.

  • Roadrunner
    The roadrunner, which can’t acclimate to colder temperatures, comes off exhibit around mid-October. They may be seen on exhibit in the spring.
  • Primates
    It has to be at least 40 degrees for our white-cheeked gibbons to be on exhibit. When the temperature is 40 degrees, the gibbons are given access to their warm, indoor off-exhibit space, so they can choose to be inside or outside. 

Where can I go to warm up while visiting the Zoo?

Head to the indoor Animal Discovery Center, where you'll meet creatures small but mighty! The center features hands-on programming, interactive learning opportunities, and animal exhibits.

Is there indoor dining during the winter?

The Yukon Creek Cafe is open on weekends from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Small snacks and drinks can be purchased year-round in the Trading Post gift shop, open daily October 1 through December 3, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; 
January 1 through March 31, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Are there any special events planned for the winter months?

Absolutely! We hold Education Programs year-round and offer many special events –many with winter or holiday themes—throughout the winter.