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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  • Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

    South Wellfleet

    Salt marsh boardwalk; natural history programs for families, children, and adults; 1000 acre wildlife sanctuary, nature center, 5 miles of trails. Guided... 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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  • Taking Shape via Indoor / Outdoor Fitness

    Pittsfield

    Leave behind the motor vehicles, the hustle & bustle of the city, the air pollution, and of course - the... 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 Museum of Natural History

    Brewster

    80-acre site, abutted by 400 acres of conservation land; nature trails, exhibits, films, guided walks, lectures, and family activities. Special programs... 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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  • 3Museums.org

    Boylston

    The collaboration of 3 Great Museums, all within a few miles distance, offering discount admissions incentives to enhance visitation to these... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Noon Hill

    Medfield

    Wooded trails wind through the varied terrain of Noon Hill, making it perfect for hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and... 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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  • Bristol County Natural History Center

    Dighton

    Live exhibits; ponds, wetlands, beaches, meadows, and forest displays. more

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  • Cape Cod Indian Walks-Dennis

    North Eastham

    2 Walks offered. 1'st Indian Conservation Lands Dennis. Learn the history and culture of the C.C. Indians. Second walks, First... more

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  • Cedar Spring Herb Farm

    Harwich

    Walking trails, an endangered medicinal plant trail, United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary, picnic area, herb identification gardens, production areas and... more

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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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  • Fall River Heritage State Park

    Fall River

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  • Lloyd Center for the Environment

    Dartmouth

    Nature center with 55 acres of woods and marshland; 5 miles of walking trails; live exhibits and touchtank. more

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