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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

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  • Bissell Covered Bridge

    Charlemont

    Over the Mill River. more

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  • Boston African-American National Historic Site

    Boston

    15 pre-Civil War structures relating to the history of Boston's 19th-century African-American community. more

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  • 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

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  • Go Select Pass - Boston

    Boston

    Create your ideal Boston experience with the Go Select Pass. With Go Select, you can build a personalized pass that... more

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  • Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

    Worcester

    Largest urban sanctuary in New England; 400 acres of woods, fields, streams, marsh, and 78 different species of butterflies; 5 miles of marked... more

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  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem

    From the Orientation Center, National Park Service rangers will take you on tours of Friendship, Salem's own three-masted tall ship;... more

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory and Gardens

    South Deerfield

    Open year 'round, 7 days a week. Indoor conservatory filled with live butterflies from all over the world. Educational programs, exhibits... 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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  • Nash Dinosaur Tracks

    South Hadley

    Dinosaur footprint quarry and collection of Dinosaur footprints fount on-site. 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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  • Ocean Explorium

    New Bedford

    We provide a unique and effective vehicle for educating the public about the oceans: their protection, restoration, pollution prevention and... 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

    + 4 saves

Outdoor Adventure: It's all here

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