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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  • 7th Annual Whisker Walk Sunday June 8th 2014 +
    2 saves

    7th Annual Whisker Walk Sunday June 8th 2014

    Lancaster

  • Animal Adventures +
    27 saves

    Animal Adventures

    Bolton

  • Appleton Farms +
    8 saves

    Appleton Farms

    Ipswich

  • Appleton Farms Grass Rides +
    14 saves

    Appleton Farms Grass Rides

    Ipswich

  • Belkin Family Lookout Farm +
    4 saves

    Belkin Family Lookout Farm

    South Natick

  • The Bolton Fair +
    24 saves

    The Bolton Fair

    Lancaster

  • Bolton Fair +
    6 saves

    Bolton Fair

    Lancaster

  • Boston Children's Museum +
    78 saves

    Boston Children's Museum

    Boston

  • The Butterfly Place +
    87 saves

    The Butterfly Place

    Westford

  • Buttonwood Park Zoo +
    9 saves

    Buttonwood Park Zoo

    New Bedford

  • Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch +
    35 saves

    Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch

    Gloucester

  • Davis Farmland and MegaMaze +
    38 saves

    Davis Farmland and MegaMaze

    Sterling

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
    16 saves

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Athol

  • Esperanza Riding Company +
    5 saves

    Esperanza Riding Company

    Sandwich

  • Franklin Park Zoo +
    72 saves

    Franklin Park Zoo

    Boston

  • Honey Pot Hill Orchards +
    8 saves

    Honey Pot Hill Orchards

    Stowe

  • KALON FARM +
    4 saves

    KALON FARM

    Ashburnham

  • King Richard's Faire +
    36 saves

    King Richard's Faire

    Carver

  • Look Memorial Park +
    14 saves

    Look Memorial Park

    Florence

  • Marini Farms +
    11 saves

    Marini Farms

    Ipswich

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