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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  • Boston Public Garden

  • Franklin Park Zoo, Boston

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  • Chesterfield Gorge

    Chesterfield

    Experience this imposing gorge carved by a National Wild and Scenic River. Chesterfield Gorge is the entrance to an extensive... more

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  • Children's Museum at Holyoke

    Holyoke

    Hands-on exhibits. more

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  • The Mission House

    Stockbridge

    The Mission House is a National Historic Landmark that tells the story of the Stockbridge Mohicans and missionary John Sergeant,... more

    + 10 saves
  • Bissell Covered Bridge

    Charlemont

    Over the Mill River. more

    + 9 saves
  • Cape Cod Canal

    Bourne

    17.5 miles long; widest sea level canal in the world; 13.5 miles of paved canal-side roads for bicycling, in-line skating, walking. 1,100 acres... more

    + 9 saves
  • High Ledges Wildlife Sanctuary

    Shelburne

    Enjoy the spectacular views of the Deerfield River Valley and Mount Greylock from the ledges at the end of the... more

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  • NOAA Fisheries Science Aquarium

    Woods Hole

    Harborside research laboratory with aquarium features outdoor seals and sealife touch tanks. Home to research vessels, R/V Albatross IV... more

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  • Berkshire Museum

    Pittsfield

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

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  • Essex National Heritage Area

    Salem

    Covering 500 square miles of northeastern Massachusetts, Essex Heritage is home to over 200 historical sites, renowned museums, wildlife refuges, working farms... more

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  • Highfield Hall & Gardens

    Falmouth

    Highfield Hall & Gardens is an engaging historic property that has been restored and revitalized to serve as a place... more

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  • Lowell Holly

    Sandwich

    Carriage roads follow the shoreline of Mashpee and Wakeby Ponds and pass through groves of American holly that embellish this... more

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  • National Marine Life Center

    Buzzards Bay

    Featured exhibits, hands-on activities, and educational programs about marine animals, wildlife rehabilitation, and ocean conservation. Open Memorial Day to Labor... more

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  • Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

    Lenox

    Seven miles of well-marked walking trails on 1,300 acres of conservation land. Trails for all abilities. Public programs. more

    + 7 saves
  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

    Saugus

    This is the site of the first successful integrated iron works in North America, which produced both cast iron and... 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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  • Fort Sewall

    Marblehead

    Fort Sewall, formerly an armed fort owned by the United States and used to defend against British invaders, is now... more

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  • Mapparium/The Mary Baker Eddy Library

    Boston

    Interactive exhibits and kiosks, include the world-famous Mapparium, a stunning three-story stained glass globe. Explore the life and achievements of... more

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  • Mass Audubon Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary

    Princeton

    Twelve miles of trails traverse vast meadows, woodlands, and wetlands. Hike, snowshoe, x-country ski, rent a canoe. Nature programs and... more

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  • Mayflower Cranberries LLC

    Plympton

    "Be the Grower" experience is an opportunity to put on some waders and join the grower in the... more

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  • Noanet Woodlands

    Dover

    You will find more than 17 miles of shady trails and woods roads for walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and horseback riding.... more

    + 6 saves

Outdoor Adventure: It's all here

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