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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  • North American Wolf Foundation - Wolf Hollow

    Ipswich

    North American gray wolves and their environmental roles in a natural habitat. 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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  • Pack Out Gear

    Charlestown

    Going camping? Pack Out Gear offers camping equipment rentals. Visitors to www.packoutgear.com may make selections from our inventory.... more

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  • Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

    Newburyport

    A pristine refuge for birds and diverse wildlife on Plum Island. Opportunities exist for nature walks, wildlife observation, canoeing/kayaking,... more

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  • Peaked Mountain

    Monson

    Explore woods roads through a former working forest and trek to a summit that rewards with panoramic views from Mount... more

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  • Petticoat Hill Reservation

    Williamsburg

    Explore a forest that boasts a rich variety of hardwood species, passing stone walls and cellar holes that reveal the... more

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  • Pittsfield Garden Tour

    Pittsfield

    A tour of the hidden gardens in Pittsfield MA held annually in July. more

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  • Poets Seat Tower

    Greenfield

    Miles of woodland trails; bird watching and eagle viewing; spectacular views. more

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  • The Polly Hill Arboretum

    West Tisbury

    Horticultural and botanical landmark dedicated to cultivation and study of plants; wildflower-filled meadows, endangered plant species, year-round exhibits. more

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  • Ramblewild

    Lanesborough

    Inside this haven, Ramblewild offers an exhilarating, challenging, inspiring adventure that only nature could deliver. With trails winding up, across,... more

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  • Rock House Reservation

    West Brookfield

    Built by the glacier and blessed by indigenous tribes who hunted and worshiped here, the cave-like shelter and its surroundings... more

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  • Sandwich State Fish Hatchery

    Sandwich

    More than half a million fish raised to stock the state's various ponds. more

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  • Scargo Hill Observation Tower

    Dennis

    View across Cape Cod Bay to Provincetown. more

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  • Science Library

    Nantucket

    Science and nature books, children's collection, and historic manuscripts. more

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  • SHOLAN FARMS

    Leominster

    Visit the last working apple orchard in Leominster, the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman). Your visit will be a... more

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  • Skyfields Arboretum

    Athol

    The historic Willis farmstead at Skyfields, with its beautiful stone walls, is now the home of Mount Grace Land Conservation... more

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  • Skyfields Arboretum-Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

    Athol

    The 40 acres of bucolic meadows and mixed-deciduous forest surrounding the headquarters of Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust are a pleasure... more

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  • Soule Homestead Education Center

    Middleboro

    Founded to provide environmental educational programs, to promote organic agriculture, traditional crafts and cultural events. The Homestead hosts a Harvest... more

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  • South Shore Arts and Recreation Center/Starcreations Theater

    Plymouth

    Hands-on exhibits including whale watch boat, schoolhouse, market, golf, and fire truck. more

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  • Spohr Gardens

    Falmouth

    Take a leisurely walk in this beautiful 6 acre garden located on Oyster Pond in Falmouth on Cape Cod. This magnificent... more

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