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.

  • Museum of Science, Boston

  • Museum of Science, Boston

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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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  • Vestal Street Observatory

    Nantucket

    Guided tours; outdoor solar system model and sunspot observatory. 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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  • Whale Center of New England

    Gloucester

    Come see our humpback whale skeleton! We have been conducting research on whales for 30 years. Visit our exhibit and learn... more

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  • Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary

    Norton

    Stay for Life Animal Reserve. Over 200 animals. Visitors Welcome more

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  • Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Exhibit Center

    Woods Hole

    Discover the world of ocean science. Visitors learn about the Institution's marine research and exploration tools. Featured exhibits include of... more

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  • Adolphus Busch Hall and Garden

    Cambridge

    Built in the spirit of a grand medieval hall, with its dramatic architectural features, adorning statuary, stunning collection of Germanic... more

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  • 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

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  • Aptucxet Trading Post Museum Complex-Bourne Historical Society

    Bourne

    Replica of Pilgrim-Dutch trading post; windmill; 17th-century herb and wildflower gardens; Native American artifacts; picnic area. Salt works, Gray Gables... more

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  • Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary

    Easthampton

    Seven hundred and twenty-five acres of woods, meadow, and marsh; five miles of trails; observation tower. Look for signs of... 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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  • Asia-Barong

    Great Barrington

    Mega space of Asiatic art. Largest gallery of indoor/outdoor Asian art, artifact, and sculpture in the United States. more

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Cape Cod Bird Club

    Brewster

    EDUCATION/RECREATION The Cape Cod Bird Club's mission is to promote knowledge and conservation of the bird life and natural... more

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  • Cape Cod Clamming Trips

    Brewster

    Identify clam beds and dig for clams on the flats in Brewster. more

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  • Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge

    Chappaquiddick Island

    Explore this magnificent barrier beach with its sandy shoreline, expansive salt marsh, beautiful salt pond, and unique colony of hardy... more

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  • Capron Park Zoo

    Attleboro

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

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  • Captain Bangs Hallet House Museum

    Yarmouth Port

    Sea captain's house 8 rooms fully furnished provide a glimpse into 19th century life. more

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