Visit Boston Lights at Franklin Park Zoo | The North Shore Moms



Looking for a unique, outdoor experience for the whole family? Our contributor, Allie Hamner, recently visited Boston Lights at the Franklin Park Zoo with her four kids (ages 6.5 years, 5 years, 3 years and 3 months old). She said, “This was a great outside activity, that kept all of our kid’s attention. We had a blast!”




Today, she is sharing some highlights and pro tips for the most enjoyable family experience possible:

  • Bring snacks and sweatshirts. We spent over an hour and a half there so be prepared, since it did cool down rapidly
  • Bring a stroller or wagon. We walked almost the entire time! It was helpful to carry our back pack and whatever kid needed a break (remember we have four)!
  • Leave plenty of time for driving. Tickets are timed and we did hit some traffic on the way. Plus, it took us a little while to park and get to the entrance.
  • Go as late as your kids can handle. The lights are all beautiful, but better once it’s dark, so go as late as your kids allow.
  • Don’t miss the dinosaurs and the dragon at the end. My kids loved them!




Boston Lights will be illuminating Franklin Park Zoo nightly, from 6-10:30 pm, until Monday, October 11, 2021. Advanced ticket purchase required and the last entrance slot is at 9:30pm. This installation features 60 magnificent displays comprised of hundreds of beautifully crafted lanterns spanning Franklin Park Zoo’s 72 acres. Walk through glowing corridors of lotus and sunflowers, cranes and cherry blossoms, and a towering 87-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex tunnel! More details and tickets available at




A big thanks to Zoo New England for the tickets and to the Hamner family for sharing their experience!


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