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.

June is rivers month. Check out the 2014 Massachusetts Rivers Months Calendar.

  • Museum of Science, Boston

  • Franklin Park Zoo, Boston

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  • Longfellow National Historic Site

    Cambridge

    General George Washington's Continental Army headquarters, 1775-1776; home of poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1837-1882; gathering place for prominent... more

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  • Mountain Meadow Preserve

    Williamstown

    The scenic trail from Massachusetts to Vermont - just a mile to the Green Mountain State! - along which you... more

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  • Springfield Armory National Historic Site

    Springfield

    Springfield Armory National Historic Site commemorates and preserves the history of our Nations first armory, established in 1794. Managed together with... more

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  • HarmonyTrails Horseback Riding

    Dalton

    Trail rides for the whole family. Beautiful trails terrain and views. Family friendly, pony rides for the very young. We... more

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  • Boston Public Garden

    Boston

    Formal gardens and rare trees; setting for McCloskey's "Make Way for Ducklings" book and sculpture. Seasonal Swan Boat rides (fee). 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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  • 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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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Outdoor Adventure: It's all here

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