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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  • King Richard's Faire +
    77 saves

    King Richard's Faire

    Carver

  • Look Memorial Park +
    38 saves

    Look Memorial Park

    Florence

  • Marini Farms +
    20 saves

    Marini Farms

    Ipswich

  • Maritime Gloucester +
    41 saves

    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum +
    8 saves

    Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum

    Milton

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

    Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

    Lincoln

  • MBL Club +
    2 saves

    MBL Club

    Woods Hole

  • Monomoy Island Excursion +
    26 saves

    Monomoy Island Excursion

    Harwich Port

  • Native Earth Teaching Farm +
    31 saves

    Native Earth Teaching Farm

    Chilmark

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

    Natural Resources Trust of Easton-Sheep Pasture

    Easton

  • New England Aquarium +
    691 saves

    New England Aquarium

    Boston

  • New England Equestrian Center of Athol +
    6 saves

    New England Equestrian Center of Athol

    Athol

  • Northern Exposure Outfitters +
    67 saves

    Northern Exposure Outfitters

    Brookfield

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    566 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Russell Orchards +
    52 saves

    Russell Orchards

    Ipswich

  • Shearwater Excursions, Inc. +
    77 saves

    Shearwater Excursions, Inc.

    Nantucket

  • Southwick's Zoo +
    79 saves

    Southwick's Zoo

    Mendon

  • Stone Zoo +
    136 saves

    Stone Zoo

    Stoneham

  • Tougas Family Farm +
    20 saves

    Tougas Family Farm

    Northborough

  • Wakefield Estate +
    8 saves

    Wakefield Estate

    Milton

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