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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  • Native Earth Teaching Farm +
    10 saves

    Native Earth Teaching Farm

    Chilmark

  • Marini Farms +
    8 saves

    Marini Farms

    Ipswich

  • Tougas Family Farm +
    7 saves

    Tougas Family Farm

    Northborough

  • Buttonwood Park Zoo +
    6 saves

    Buttonwood Park Zoo

    New Bedford

  • Appleton Farms +
    5 saves

    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

  • Honey Pot Hill Orchards +
    5 saves

    Honey Pot Hill Orchards

    Stowe

  • Weir River Farm +
    5 saves

    Weir River Farm

    Hingham

  • Bolton Fair +
    4 saves

    Bolton Fair

    Lancaster

  • KALON FARM +
    3 saves

    KALON FARM

    Ashburnham

  • Wakefield Estate +
    3 saves

    Wakefield Estate

    Milton

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    West End Creamery and Family Farm

    Whitinsville

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    7th Annual Whisker Walk Sunday June 8th 2014

    Lancaster

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    Belkin Family Lookout Farm

    South Natick

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    Esperanza Riding Company

    Sandwich

  • MBL Club +
    2 saves

    MBL Club

    Woods Hole

  • New England Equestrian Center of Athol +
    1 saves

    New England Equestrian Center of Athol

    Athol

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    Boston

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    + 27 saves
  • Museum of Science

    Boston

    Science and technology come alive at the Museum of Science! Experience the power of discovery through more than 700 interactive exhibits... more

    + 23 saves
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    Boston

    Want to see where we keep the really big animals? Join us for an incredible whale watching experience and come... more

    + 17 saves
  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

    Brewster

    80-acre site, abutted by 400 acres of conservation land; nature trails, exhibits, films, guided walks, lectures, and family activities. Special programs... more

    + 6 saves

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