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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    28 saves

    Natural Resources Trust of Easton-Sheep Pasture

    Easton

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    24 saves

    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

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    23 saves

    Native Earth Teaching Farm

    Chilmark

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    20 saves

    Appleton Farms Grass Rides

    Ipswich

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    19 saves

    Bolton Fair

    Lancaster

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    16 saves

    Buttonwood Park Zoo

    New Bedford

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    16 saves

    Marini Farms

    Ipswich

  • Monomoy Island Excursion +
    16 saves

    Monomoy Island Excursion

    Harwich Port

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    16 saves

    Tougas Family Farm

    Northborough

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    16 saves

    West End Creamery

    Whitinsville

  • Honey Pot Hill Orchards +
    15 saves

    Honey Pot Hill Orchards

    Stowe

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    11 saves

    Weir River Farm

    Hingham

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    10 saves

    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

  • KALON FARM +
    7 saves

    KALON FARM

    Ashburnham

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    7 saves

    Wakefield Estate

    Milton

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    6 saves

    Belkin Family Lookout Farm

    South Natick

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    6 saves

    Hilltown Wilderness Adventures

    West Chesterfield

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    3 saves

    7th Annual Whisker Walk Sunday June 8th 2014

    Lancaster

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    3 saves

    New England Equestrian Center of Athol

    Athol

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    2 saves

    MBL Club

    Woods Hole

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