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Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience at Franklin Park Zoo

1. Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience at Franklin Park Zoo

Enjoy the spectacle of the Boston Lights once again illuminating Franklin Park Zoo with sparkling new lantern additions, plus a few returning favorites. Experience over 50 displays of hundreds of magnificently crafted lanterns spanning Franklin Park Zoo's 72 acres for this seasonal event. Walk through glowing corridors of lotus and sunflowers. Discover luminous scenes from the rainforest, whimsical ocean displays with creatures of the deep, glowing stretches of bamboo, traditional Asian lanterns, and a stunning 66-foot-long rose corridor. Immerse yourself in luminous animal and ocean scenes, traditional Asian lantern displays, and a stunning 164-foot-long phoenix, lighting up the dazzling night sky. New this year is a colossal 82-foot-long octopus tunnel with blinking eyes and color-changing tentacles, sure to dazzle and delight guests of all ages.

Boston: Franklin Park Zoo Entry Ticket

2. Boston: Franklin Park Zoo Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entrance ticket to the Franklin Park Zoo and enjoy a day filled with meeting hundreds of remarkable species from around the world. Explore the 72-acre zoo nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park. Make your way around at a leisurely pace as you go from exhibit to view remarkable species that call the zoo home. Visit exhibitions such as the Kalahari Kingdom, Giraffe Savannah, Nature’s Neighborhoods, and the Outback Trail. Stand face-to-face with western lowland gorillas at one of five glass viewing stations. Come across ring-tailed lemurs, pygmy hippos, and a giant anteater. Discover African lions, Masai giraffes, Grevy's zebras, cute red pandas, prairie dogs, kangaroos, and emus.

Stoneham, Massachusetts: Stone Zoo Entry Ticket

3. Stoneham, Massachusetts: Stone Zoo Entry Ticket

Pre-book your entrance ticket to the Stone Zoo and enjoy a day filled with meeting many of remarkable species from around the world. Explore the 26-acre zoo nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park. Make your way around at a leisurely pace as you go from exhibit to view remarkable species that call the zoo home. Visit exhibitions such as the Himalayan Highlands, Yukon Creek, and the Caribbean Coast. Marvel at the majestic snow leopards, Caribbean flamingos, macaws, scarlet ibis, and a family of bush dogs. See the white-cheeked gibbon exhibit to observe the incredibly agile, and always active, gibbon family. Discover black bears, two-toed sloths, jaguars to the cute group of North American river otters.

Boston: Go City Explorer Pass including 2 to 5 Attractions

4. Boston: Go City Explorer Pass including 2 to 5 Attractions

Ensure a hassle-free trip with the Boston city pass that is accessible straight from your mobile phone (also available to print) and is valid for 60 days from your first visit. Save time and money compared to paying individual admission prices. Marvel at the wonders of the sea with a visit to the New England Aquarium, explore the city aboard a hop-on-hop-off trolley, or choose a Boston sunset cruise. Simply browse your digital guide for where to go next, show your pass to be scanned at the entrance or ticket office, and you're in. Choose any 2, 3, 4, or 5 attractions or tours from the following: Tours and Cruises • Historic Sightseeing Cruise (April to October) • CityView Hop-On Hop-Off Boston Trolley Sightseeing Tour: 1-Day Ticket (April to November) • Boston Sunset Cruise (May to September) • Fenway Park Tour • Boston Bike Rental • Boch Center Wang Theatre Tours • The Harvard Tour Museums and Places of Interest • New England Aquarium • Old State House Museum & Old South Meeting House Combo Ticket • Museum of Science • Harvard Museum of Natural History • Boston Children's Museum • LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston • Museum of Fine Arts • Salem Witch Museum • USS Constitution Museum • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum • JFK Presidential Library and Museum • Franklin Park Zoo • Peabody Essex Museum • Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology Attractions and tours are subject to change. Check the digital guide included on your confirmation voucher for the full list of inclusions, opening times, and reservation instructions.

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What people are saying about Boston

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 334 reviews

It really is very nice, you can see the dedication, that the effort to make all the figures of lights, they are striking and many of them have movement, you spend a pleasant time with the family, I recommend going even when the day is a little clear to see the figures in both forms, congratulations

This was a beautiful experience! I loved the rose canopy that changed colors with lighta and the beautiful blue peacock that opened and closed his tail feathers. The planets were also amazing. Everything was amazing and is definitely something to see!

Beautiful, imaginative, creative. Everyone in our party, from the senior 78 year old to the 13 year old, enjoyed the experience.

Beautiful, but they need light for black people to take pictures.

Very nice, I really enjoyed it with my granddaughters