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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  • New England Equestrian Center of Athol +
    1 saves

    New England Equestrian Center of Athol

    Athol

  • Northern Exposure Outfitters +
    29 saves

    Northern Exposure Outfitters

    Brookfield

  • NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association +
    1 saves

    NQTA ~ North Quabbin Trails Association

    Athol

  • Russell Orchards +
    14 saves

    Russell Orchards

    Ipswich

  • Southwick's Zoo +
    4 saves

    Southwick's Zoo

    Mendon

  • Stone Zoo +
    35 saves

    Stone Zoo

    Stoneham

  • Tougas Family Farm +
    3 saves

    Tougas Family Farm

    Northborough

  • Wakefield Estate +
    2 saves

    Wakefield Estate

    Milton

  • Weir River Farm +
    3 saves

    Weir River Farm

    Hingham

  • The Whydah Pirate Museum +
    18 saves

    The Whydah Pirate Museum

    Provincetown

  • ZooQuarium +
    9 saves

    ZooQuarium

    West Yarmouth

  • 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

    + 0 saves
  • Belkin Family Lookout Farm

    South Natick

    Enjoy a day of outdoor family fun at one of the oldest continuously working farms in the United States. Belkin... more

    + 0 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

    + 3 saves
  • Capron Park Zoo

    Attleboro

    Animals from around the world; Asian rain forest; nocturnal building. more

    + 0 saves
  • Children's Museum at Holyoke

    Holyoke

    Hands-on exhibits. more

    + 3 saves
  • Children's Museum in Easton

    North Easton

    Interactive exhibits in the arts, sciences, and humanities; located in historic old fire station. more

    + 0 saves
  • Go Boston Card

    Boston

    The Go Boston Card gets you into over 70 top Boston attractions and saves you up to 55% off the cost of... more

    + 15 saves

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