Don’t tell anyone, but Massachusetts is kind of a big nerd. We simply love science and nature. You could say it’s in our nature, with scenic roads like the lovely Mohawk Trail, 1500 miles of postcard pretty coastline, and some of America’s most brilliant fall foliage. We could spend hours at the Museum of Science, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and wish we could live at the Franklin Park Zoo or maybe the Butterfly Place, surrounded by colorful creatures. And don’t even get us started on the New England Aquarium, fully renovated in 2013.

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  • Museum of Science, Boston

  • Franklin Park Zoo, Boston

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  • Charlton Woods

    Charlton

    Charlton Woods is a recreation and conference center located on 380 acres of beautiful woodland, including a 35 acre pond. Activities include... more

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  • Children's Museum in Easton

    North Easton

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

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  • Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

    Brookline

    Former home/office of Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of American landscape architecture; plans and photos of his firm's work. Closed... more

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  • Green Briar Nature Center and Jam Kitchen

    East Sandwich

    Green Briar offers natural history classes for all ages, changing art exhibitions, live animal exhibits, a wildflower garden and nature... more

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  • Green River Pumping Station Covered Bridge

    Greenfield

    Over the Green River. more

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  • Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

    Topsfield

    Two thousand, two hundred and sixty-acres of meadow, swamp, forest and ponds; observation tower; ten miles of walking trails; canoeing. more

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  • John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor

    Whitinsville

    Industrial Revolution Heritage Trail; canal boat rides; and hiking. more

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  • Manhan Rail Trail

    Easthampton

    Nestled in the heart of the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, Easthampton's Manhan Rail Trail offers unique recreational opportunities... more

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  • The Maria Mitchell Association's Loines Observatory

    Nantucket

    This facility houses a new 24 in. research telescope as well as a recently refurbished antique Clark telescope. The public is... more

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  • Menemsha Hills

    Chilmark

    The second-highest point on the island, Menemsha Hills contains a variety of habitats - and range of activities - to... more

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  • Northeast Fisheries Science Center

    Woods Hole

    Complete with a walk through aquarium and petting zoo. The center seeks to better understand living resources and their ecosystems. more

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  • Park Hill Orchard

    Easthampton

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  • Polish Center of Discovery and Learning

    Chicopee

    We are a"living monument" safegaurding historical objects representative of the material culture of the Polish people. We celebrate the... more

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  • Quabbin Reservoir

    Belchertown

    One of the largest man-made domestic water reservoirs in the U.S. with 57,523 acres of protected watershed. Hiking trails, bird... more

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  • Salisbury Beach State Reservation*

    Salisbury

    This 521-acre park stretches 3.8 miles along the Atlantic. Flush toilets, showers, and dumping station; all campsites have 20 - 50 AMP electrical... more

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  • Stanley Park

    Westfield

    275 acre park in the foothills of the Berkshires with trails, picnic areas, award winning gardens, ADA compliance children's playground. There... more

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  • Tyringham Cobble

    Tyringham

    A geologic wonder, the Cobble was born from massive tectonic movements that shifted ancient strata, leaving an exposed underbelly of... more

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  • Ward Reservation

    Andover

    Trails link three major hills - Shrub, Boston, and Holt - and looking out from their summits you can see... more

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  • Wasque Reservation

    Chappaquidick Island

    This southeastern corner of Martha's Vineyard is undergoing dramatic change due to the seismic currents which are re-shaping this coastal... more

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  • Ashumet Holly Wildlife Sanctuary

    East Falmouth

    Self-guided nature walks and holly trail; barn swallow colony, May-Aug. more

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Outdoor Adventure: It's all here

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