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

    Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

    Lincoln

  • MBL Club +
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    MBL Club

    Woods Hole

  • Native Earth Teaching Farm +
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    Native Earth Teaching Farm

    Chilmark

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

    North Easton

  • New England Aquarium +
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    New England Aquarium

    Boston

  • New England Equestrian Center of Athol +
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    New England Equestrian Center of Athol

    Athol

  • Northern Exposure Outfitters +
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    Northern Exposure Outfitters

    Brookfield

  • Plimoth Plantation +
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    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Russell Orchards +
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    Russell Orchards

    Ipswich

  • Southwick's Zoo +
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    Southwick's Zoo

    Mendon

  • Stone Zoo +
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    Stone Zoo

    Stoneham

  • Tougas Family Farm +
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    Tougas Family Farm

    Northborough

  • Wakefield Estate +
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    Wakefield Estate

    Milton

  • Weir River Farm +
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    Weir River Farm

    Hingham

  • West End Creamery and Family Farm +
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    West End Creamery and Family Farm

    Whitinsville

  • The Whydah Pirate Museum +
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    The Whydah Pirate Museum

    Provincetown

  • Amelia Park Children''s Museum

    Westfield

    Children are immersed in fresh, vibrant learning experiences utilizing innocative exhibits. This, couples with programs that have measurable outcome, provide... more

    + 1 saves
  • Berkshire Museum

    Pittsfield

    Art, history, natural science. Make surprising connections! Berkshire Museum offers a unique array of exhibitions, activities, and attractions for visitors... more

    + 3 saves
  • Buzzards Bay Center

    New Bedford

    The Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center at the Buzzards Bay Center in downtown New Bedford is a free resource... more

    + 0 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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