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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  • Plimoth Plantation +
    194 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area +
    146 saves

    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • The Butterfly Place +
    82 saves

    The Butterfly Place

    Westford

  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden +
    75 saves

    Tower Hill Botanic Garden

    Boylston

  • Franklin Park Zoo +
    67 saves

    Franklin Park Zoo

    Boston

  • Stone Zoo +
    67 saves

    Stone Zoo

    Stoneham

  • Naumkeag +
    64 saves

    Naumkeag

    Stockbridge

  • Adams National Historical Park +
    59 saves

    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Royalston Falls +
    58 saves

    Royalston Falls

    Royalston

  • Cape Cod National Seashore +
    52 saves

    Cape Cod National Seashore

    Eastham

  • Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary +
    49 saves

    Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

    Lincoln

  • EcoTarium - A Museum of Science & Nature +
    45 saves

    EcoTarium - A Museum of Science & Nature

    Worcester

  • Harvard Museum of Natural History +
    44 saves

    Harvard Museum of Natural History

    Cambridge

  • World's End +
    41 saves

    World's End

    Hingham

  • Davis Farmland and MegaMaze +
    34 saves

    Davis Farmland and MegaMaze

    Sterling

  • Bartholomew's Cobble +
    32 saves

    Bartholomew's Cobble

    Sheffield

  • Animal Adventures +
    26 saves

    Animal Adventures

    Bolton

  • Notchview Reservation +
    20 saves

    Notchview Reservation

    Windsor

  • Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary +
    18 saves

    Mass Audubon's Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary

    Cummaquid

  • Cape Cod Canal Centennial +
    16 saves

    Cape Cod Canal Centennial

    Buzzards Bay

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