Stone Zoo, spread across 26 acres (10 hectares) of land in Stoneham, Massachusetts, is a one-stop destination for those wishing to spend quality time with animals.
It is home to around 800 animals, some of which are endangered.
What to expect
A trip to Stone Zoo guarantees unlimited fun, adventure, and insights into the animal world.
You will find the following exhibits in the Stone Zoo:
Alfred Huang North American Crane
In this exhibit, you will see American alligator, Barrow’s goldeneye, hooded merganser and a whooping crane.
Animal Discovery Center
Get closer to honey bees, Arizona blond tarantulas, dyeing poison dart frogs, blanding turtles, rosy boas, and many more!
Step into this beautiful farm where domestic chicken, Nigerian dwarf goat, and Southdown sheep await you.
The Caribbean Coast houses various exhibits like Flamingo Flats, Bush Dog Exhibit, Calypso Trail, and Fiesta Gardens.
In this exhibit, you will find animals from snowland like yak, snow leopard, markhor, and black-necked crane, among many others.
Mexican Gray Wolf
At Stone Zoo, you get a chance to spot Mexican gray wolves, the endangered species that runs like a bullet shot from a gun.
Treasures of the Sierra Madre
Meet the beasts of the sierra madre mountains like cougar, jaguar, chacoan peccary, coati
ringtail, seba’s short-tailed bat, Gila monster, etc.
Treetops and Riverbeds
In this exhibit, you will see sights of primates like the colobus monkey, white-cheeked gibbon, and North American river otter hanging from tree branches.
Windows to the Wild
Let your imagination run wild in this exhibit, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by cotton-top tamarin, red-rumped agouti, linne’s two-toed sloth, hyacinth macaw, etc.
You’ll walk into the Canadian North Woods and pass by the Canada lynx, arctic fox, black bear, North American porcupine, reindeer, and bald eagle.
Where to buy Stone Zoo tickets
You can buy Stone Zoo tickets online and at the ticket booth at the main gate.
We strongly suggest you purchase online tickets to save money and time.
Online ticket prices tend to be cheaper than tickets at the venue.
When you buy online, you can avoid the long queues at the ticket counters.
Because some zoos sell a limited number of tickets, booking early helps avoid last-minute disappointment.
How online ticket works
Go to the Stone Zoo ticket booking page, select the number of tickets and the date you wish to visit, and book your tickets right away!
Upon completing the payment, you will receive a confirmation email. No need for printouts.
On the day of your visit, show your smartphone ticket at the entrance and walk in!
Remember to bring your official IDs.
Cost of Stone Zoo tickets
The Stone Zoo tickets are priced at US$20 for all adults aged between 13 and 61.
Kids aged two to 12 years get a US$6 discount and pay US$14 for entry.
Tickets for senior citizens over 61 are also discounted and cost US$18.
Infants below one year get free admission.
Stone Zoo admission tickets
Buy Stone Zoo tickets in advance and go wild with your friends and family.
Explore ten different exhibits and watch animals playing around.
From jaguars to Mexican gray wolves and bush dogs, there is a wide variety to see!
You’ll learn a lot during your Stone Zoo tour from zoo keepers who are always excited to share fun facts about animals with you.
Adult Ticket (13 to 61 years): US$20
Child Ticket (2 to 12 years): US$14
Senior Ticket (61+ years): US$18
Infant Ticket (up to 1 year): Free
How to reach
Stone Zoo is nestled in Stoneham town.
Address: Stone Zoo, 149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA 02180. Get Directions
The zoo is accessible by bus and car.
The nearest bus stop, Pond St @ Stone Zoo, is just a minute’s walk away.
If you plan to bring your car, turn on Google Maps and get started.
Free onsite parking is available at the zoo entrance, off Pond Street.
The Stone Zoo is open all year round, but the timings vary based on seasons.
From 1 April to 1 October, the Stone Zoo runs from 9 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday and 9 am to 6 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
From 2 October to 31 October, the zoo runs from 9 am to 5 pm daily.
The zoo’s timings shift from 9 am to 4 pm from 1 November to 31 March.
The last entry is one hour before closing.
The zoo remains closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day and on special events, for it may close a little early.
How long does the zoo take
You’ll need at least 4 hours to explore the Stone Zoo.
Wildlife enthusiasts often end up spending an entire day at the zoo garnering information about exotic species of animals.
Best time to visit
The best time to visit Stone Zoo is as soon as they open at 9 am.
There are four benefits of starting early – the animals are most active early in the morning, the temperatures are still moderate, the crowd is yet to get in, and you have the whole day to spend at the attraction.
As the day gets hotter, animals prefer staying inside their shelters. As a result, you may get disappointed when you don’t see them in the exhibit.
Weekdays are better for a peaceful visit because the zoo gets crowded on weekends and school holidays.
The safari zoo is most crowded on weekends between 10 am and 2 pm.
If you are on a short holiday in Massachusetts, starting early also allows you to add another attraction to the day’s itinerary.
Map of Stone Zoo
Download the Stone Zoo map on your smartphone and navigate through the woods comfortably.
With a map downloaded on your phone, you can reach exhibits, drinking facilities, washrooms, ATMs, playgrounds, first aid facilities, gift shops, etc.
Where to eat
You will surely get hungry and thirsty after walking in the Stone Zoo, but worry not, the zoo offers beautiful picnic areas and cafes where you can sit, relax, and enjoy food.
The Yukon Creek Cafe prepares delicious wraps, sandwiches, burgers, fries, and many other kid-friendly foods.
From Monday to Friday, it runs from 11 am to 5 pm, while on weekends, it operates from 11 am to 6 pm.
The Trading Post Gift Shop sells souvenirs, light snacks, and hot and cold beverages.
Those who plan to bring home-cooked food can have their meals in designated Picnic Areas with clean tables.
FAQs about Stone Zoo
You can buy Stone Zoo tickets by clicking here.
No, re-entry is not allowed once your ticket is scanned.
Yes, visitors are allowed to bring their food to the Stone Zoo and have it in picnic areas. Make sure you don’t use glass containers, straws, or alcohol in the Zoo.
Yes, there are washrooms, and changing rooms, inside the Stone Zoo–one at the entrance or adjacent to the Gift Shop and the other near Windows to the Wild.
The Stone Zoo is open to guests irrespective of rain or shine.
The Stone Zoo opens at 9 am and closes at different times based on the season.
Yes, visitors can park their personal vehicles for free. The car parking is in front of the entrance of the zoo.