Visitors can stroll amongst hundreds of dazzling lanterns 

 Boston, Mass. – This summer, visitors to Franklin Park Zoo will once again enjoy a memorable evening experience with hundreds of luminous, beautifully crafted large-scale lanterns when Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience, presented by National Grid, opens on July 22 for its third year.

Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience has been incredibly popular, so we are thrilled to bring this unique experience back to Franklin Park Zoo,” said Bob Chabot, Zoo New England Chief Operating Officer. “We look forward to welcoming both new and returning visitors of all ages as they immerse themselves in the beauty of the lights. This year, we’re offering visitors a glimpse into outer space, as well as lanterns inspired by the beauty of the natural world.”

Spanning the 72 acres of Franklin Park Zoo, Boston Lights will impress visitors with more than 55 large scale displays comprised of hundreds of colorful lanterns, featuring many sparkling new additions with a few returning favorites. As guests stroll the zoo, they will see luminous scenes from the rainforest, whimsical ocean displays with creatures of the deep, glowing corridors of lotus and bamboo, traditional Asian lanterns and a stunning 66 foot long rose corridor. New this year is a colossal 82-foot-long octopus tunnel with eyes that open and tentacles that change color, sure to dazzle and delight guests of all ages.

Boston Lights will also shine a light on the importance of conserving the incredible biodiversity on our planet. Visitors to Boston Lights will have the opportunity to learn more about our commitment to conservation and ways that they can participate in wildlife and habitat preservation. All of the lanterns are illuminated with energy saving LED lights.

New this year! Pick the price and day that works best for your schedule and budget. Online advance ticket purchase is required for Boston Lights. To ensure that you can reserve the day, time and price that works best for you, we encourage guests to purchase tickets early. Attending with friends and family? The 4-pack ticket options are a great value!

Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience at Franklin Park Zoo opens on July 22 and runs nightly through September 25. The hours are 6:00 to 10:30 p.m. For the full schedule as well as ticket prices, visit In order to secure your desired evening and timeslot, be sure to reserve your tickets early at

Zoo New England has partnered with Tianyu Arts and Culture to bring this experience to Franklin Park Zoo.

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