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Help support families caring for loved ones with autism. 


2 Southwick Street
Mendon, MA 01756
United States

Sunset icon. Sunset at Southwick's Zoo: A Sensory-Friendly Experience. Image of a lion.

This special event is designed for individuals with autism, their families, and others who may benefit from a sensory friendly experience. We'll have the zoo all to ourselves!

Families will have the opportunity to spend two hours exploring the zoo and visiting animals in an intimate, quiet environment with no bright lights, rides, or gift store. Social stories available to help you enjoy the event. 

Tickets are specially priced at $15.00 per person. 

  • Children ages 2 years and under are free and do not require a ticket.
  • Support staff that assist an individual during this event have free admission and do not require a ticket.

There will be complimentary snacks provided by our friends at the Flutie Foundation. We encourage families to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy, as there are many picnic tables located throughout the zoo. 

Please note: this event is rain or shine. No physical tickets will be sent, check in at event is required.

Please submit requests for accommodations, including ASL interpreters, by May 23 to or (508) 652-9900.