Last weekend, my family had a chance to attend The Midnight Zoo, a brand new Halloween experience at the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. Even though we checked out the website, we weren’t sure exactly what to expect, but ended up being very pleasantly surprised by our experience.
This is what the website says:
Under the light of the autumn moon, discover a secret corner of Franklin Park Zoo that is home to a mysterious, mystical world. The Midnight Zoo surrounds visitors with never-before-seen creatures from the farthest realms of the imagination. Wind your way through the darkness as the woods come alive in this 360-degree immersive experience. Elaborate costumes, masterful design, and moonlit surprises await you in this haunted habitat featuring over 20 fantastical creatures ranging in size from tiny to over 8 feet tall.
Join Lord Midnight’s guardians on a quest to save the world’s last remaining mythical creatures from extinction. Your training in monster care begins nightly at sundown. But beware! You never know what hungry creatures prowl in the dark. Rumor has it, Lord Midnight’s newest discovery, the Kawlish Bloodbeast, lurks in the Midnight Zoo. Good luck, brave recruits!
When we arrived at the zoo, we lined up outside where the show was to begin and were let in to start our experience in small groups (of about 20 people). And yes, the Midnight Zoo is an actual show. As our group walked along the trail, we were met by a series of guides/storytellers who introduced us to some very unique “creatures” along the way. All of the guides made sure the complete group was gathered closely so that everyone could hear their stories. The 30-ish minute show was very well thought-out and while there were a few minor jump scares, I would say that overall it wasn’t too, too scary. It is recommended for children ages 6 and up, but there were many kids younger than that in attendance.
The Midnight Zoo, presented in partnership with Puppet Showplace Theater, surrounds visitors with never-before-seen creatures from the farthest realms of the imagination.
Know before you go:
- This is a family-friendly, outdoor event (recommended for ages 6+).
- Both zoo entrances are open, they suggest parking at the Giraffe entrance, which is closer to the show’s location. They had a train running while we were there to bring people down to the show. My family chose to walk because it wasn’t that far, but the option for a ride is available.
- The show will start once it’s dark (closer to 6:30 p.m. in late Sept/early Oct).
- Event will be canceled due to rain or inclement weather. Please call the main number at 617-541-5466 to confirm.
- No flash photography is allowed during the show.
- This event takes place after regular Zoo hours. With the exception of the Midnight Zoo trail, other exhibits and attractions will not be open.
- Sorry, there are no refunds on tickets.
If you’re hungry while you’re there, the Boston Burger Company (one of my personal favs!!) will be onsite on 10/13-10/15 and 10/27-10/30. Plus, a selection of craft beer and wine (Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Sam Adams Octoberfest, Angry Orchard, Pinot Grigio and Cabernet Sauvignon) will also be available for purchase!
The Midnight Zoo is open Thurs-Sun, through October 30, 6-10 p.m.
Adult member: $13 / Non-member: $15
Child member: $10 / Non-member: $12
Groups of 10 or more receive a 10% discount
The Franklin Park Zoo is located at 1 Franklin Park Road in Boston, MA.
The Midnight Zoo is a great way to get into the Halloween spirit early and to experience a side of the Zoo you’ve never seen before! Our family really enjoyed it and we’re so happy that we got a chance to experience it.
**Disclosure: I received complimentary tickets for my family to attend the Midnight Zoo, but all opinions expressed here are strictly my own and were not influenced in any way.