Massachusetts might not be the natural habitat for any really exotic animals (no, squirrels and pigeons don’t count), but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an animal adventure. We’re talking kangaroos at Southwick’s Zoo, gorillas at the Franklin Park Zoo, and penguins at the New England Aquarium. Lots and lots of penguins. If you’re looking to check some more birds off your list, the Berkshires is one of the best bird watching locations in the country. Then there’s horseback riding, with ranches for riding and learning all over the state. And if your kids like to get up close and personal with the animals, petting zoos at destinations like Smolak Farms and Lookout Farm will give them the warm and fuzzies. Just make sure they don’t take anything home.

  • Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth

  • Franklin Park Zoo, Dorchester

  • Topsfield Fair, Topsfield

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  • New England Aquarium +
    414 saves

    New England Aquarium

    Boston

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    339 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Boston Children's Museum +
    121 saves

    Boston Children's Museum

    Boston

  • The Butterfly Place +
    121 saves

    The Butterfly Place

    Westford

  • Franklin Park Zoo +
    108 saves

    Franklin Park Zoo

    Boston

  • The Whydah Pirate Museum +
    96 saves

    The Whydah Pirate Museum

    Provincetown

  • Stone Zoo +
    92 saves

    Stone Zoo

    Stoneham

  • Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary +
    75 saves

    Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

    Lincoln

  • Davis Farmland and MegaMaze +
    58 saves

    Davis Farmland and MegaMaze

    Sterling

  • King Richard's Faire +
    49 saves

    King Richard's Faire

    Carver

  • Northern Exposure Outfitters +
    49 saves

    Northern Exposure Outfitters

    Brookfield

  • Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch +
    44 saves

    Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch

    Gloucester

  • Southwick's Zoo +
    43 saves

    Southwick's Zoo

    Mendon

  • Animal Adventures +
    37 saves

    Animal Adventures

    Bolton

  • The Bolton Fair +
    32 saves

    The Bolton Fair

    Lancaster

  • Russell Orchards +
    30 saves

    Russell Orchards

    Ipswich

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
    28 saves

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Orange

  • Shearwater Excursions, Inc. +
    25 saves

    Shearwater Excursions, Inc.

    Nantucket

  • Natural Resources Trust of Easton-Sheep Pasture +
    21 saves

    Natural Resources Trust of Easton-Sheep Pasture

    Easton

  • Look Memorial Park +
    18 saves

    Look Memorial Park

    Florence

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