Visit one of Massachusetts’ many nature centers, and you’ll learn about the fascinating world around you.

Bristol County Natural History Center, south of Boston, enjoy live exhibits, ponds, wetlands, beaches, meadows and forest displays. The EcoTarium in Worcester is an indoor/outdoor museum dedicated to exploring the natural world, with three floors of interactive exhibits, wildlife exhibits, nature trails, ponds and award-winning meadows, planetarium and train ride. The Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Western Massachusetts provides nature trails, field trips, an environmental and natural history library, games, educational activities and more.

For something out of the ordinary, Davis’ Farmland and MegaMaze in Central Massachusetts has lots of child-friendly farm animals, and, in late fall, a corn-stalk maze with three miles of pathways and bridges over eight acres.

Love clams? Sign up with Cape Cod Clamming Trips in Brewster, and dig for your own tasty bivalves.

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  • Lowell Holly


    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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  • Noanet Woodlands


    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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  • Boston African-American National Historic Site


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

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  • Cedar Spring Herb Farm


    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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  • 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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    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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  • Long Point Wildlife Refuge

    West Tisbury

    Whether you want to play in the ocean, splash with the kids in sheltered salt- and freshwater ponds, or explore... more

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  • Mass Audubon Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary


    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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  • Mount Auburn Cemetery


    National historic landmark founded in 1831 as the first garden cemetery. Graves of architect Charles Bulfinch, artist Winslow Homer, authors Henry... more

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  • Noon Hill


    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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  • Taking Shape via Indoor / Outdoor Fitness


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

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  • Cape Cod Clamming Trips


    Identify clam beds and dig for clams on the flats in Brewster. 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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  • Charlton Woods


    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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  • Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site


    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


    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


    Industrial Revolution Heritage Trail; canal boat rides; and hiking. more

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  • The Maria Mitchell Association's Loines Observatory


    This facility houses a new 24 in. research telescope as well as a recently refurbished antique Clark telescope. The public is... more

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  • Mass Audubon's Blue Hills Trailside Museum


    The Blue Hills Trailside Museum is the interpretive center for the state's Blue Hills Reservation and is managed by Mass... more

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