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 +
    100 saves

    New England Aquarium

    Boston

  • Stone Zoo +
    35 saves

    Stone Zoo

    Stoneham

  • Northern Exposure Outfitters +
    29 saves

    Northern Exposure Outfitters

    Brookfield

  • Boston Children's Museum +
    23 saves

    Boston Children's Museum

    Boston

  • Franklin Park Zoo +
    23 saves

    Franklin Park Zoo

    Boston

  • The Whydah Pirate Museum +
    18 saves

    The Whydah Pirate Museum

    Provincetown

  • Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch +
    15 saves

    Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch

    Gloucester

  • Davis Farmland and MegaMaze +
    15 saves

    Davis Farmland and MegaMaze

    Sterling

  • Animal Adventures +
    14 saves

    Animal Adventures

    Bolton

  • Russell Orchards +
    14 saves

    Russell Orchards

    Ipswich

  • The Bolton Fair +
    10 saves

    The Bolton Fair

    Lancaster

  • ZooQuarium +
    9 saves

    ZooQuarium

    West Yarmouth

  • Appleton Farms Grass Rides +
    8 saves

    Appleton Farms Grass Rides

    Ipswich

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

    Natural Resources Trust of Easton-Sheep Pasture

    North Easton

  • Marini Farms +
    6 saves

    Marini Farms

    Ipswich

  • Honey Pot Hill Orchards +
    4 saves

    Honey Pot Hill Orchards

    Stowe

  • Southwick's Zoo +
    4 saves

    Southwick's Zoo

    Mendon

  • Native Earth Teaching Farm +
    3 saves

    Native Earth Teaching Farm

    Chilmark

  • Tougas Family Farm +
    3 saves

    Tougas Family Farm

    Northborough

  • Weir River Farm +
    3 saves

    Weir River Farm

    Hingham

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