Autism Alliance: Early Access to the Zoo

Southwick’s Zoo will open an hour early on select days for guests looking for a sensory-friendly opportunity to visit the zoo and enjoy a quieter atmosphere and environment.

More Information:

Southwick’s Zoo has partnered with the Autism Alliance of Metrowest to help us better accommodate guests with sensory processing needs and to provide a welcoming and inclusive experience for guests of all abilities.

Sensory-friendly dates for early park access:

Friday, May 12 at 9:00 am
Friday, June 16 at 9:00 am
Friday, July 7 at 9:00 am
Friday, August 18 at 9:00 am
Friday, September 15 at 9:00 am

Sensory Bags

Available at the Guest Services window. Visitors can borrow a sensory bag which includes: an ID badge/sticker, lanyard, noise-canceling headphones, sunglasses, water timer, squishy toy, grip stick, and social story booklet.

Social Stories

Guests can view and download Social Stories to help prepare for their visit. Click here to view social stories.

If you have any questions, please email Guest Services at [email protected]