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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  • Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center

    Mattapan

    This urban sanctuary, located on the grounds of the former Boston State Hospital, offers public programs year-round. Two miles of... 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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  • Mass Audubon's Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

    Natick

    Broadmoor's nine miles of walking trails guide you through a variety of field, woodland, and wetland habitats. A quarter-mile, universally... more

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  • Mass Audubon's Habitat Education Center

    Belmont

    Hiking trails, nature center, formal gardens, art gallery and natural history programs for children and adults. more

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  • Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

    Topsfield

    Ipswich River, one of Mass Audubon's largest sanctuaries, offers more than 12 miles of interconnecting trails that invite you to explore... more

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  • Mass Audubon's South Shore Sanctuaries

    Marshfield

    There are three wildlife sanctuaries managed by Mass Audubon on the South Shore. The North River and Daniel Webster Wildlife... more

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  • Mayhew Chapel and Indian Burial Ground

    West Tisbury

    Tiny chapel, burial ground, and wildflower sanctuary. more

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  • McLaughlin State Fish Hatchery

    Belchertown

    One of the largest hatcheries in eastern US. more

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  • Menemsha Hills

    Chilmark

    The second-highest point on the island, Menemsha Hills contains a variety of habitats - and range of activities - to... more

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  • Minute Man National Historical Park

    Concord

    More than 900 acres along original segments of April 19, 1775 Battle Road; North Bridge Visitor Center; Minute Man Visitor Center and 'Minuteman'... 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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  • Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge

    Chatham

    Most of refuge is accessible by boat only; commercial service in season; more than 250 species of birds; surfcasting, lighthouse, visitor... more

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  • Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

    Sharon

    Oldest sanctuary (1916) operated by the Massachusetts Audubon Society with 25 miles of hiking trails on 2000 acres. more

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  • Mount Auburn Cemetery

    Cambridge

    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • New England Wild Flower Society's Nasami Farm

    Whately

    75-acre nursery set in the stunning Pioneer Valley. Retail nursery offers native plants, including hard to find woody species in... 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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  • 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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  • Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary

    Wales

    Native wildflowers on 3,000 acres of flora and fauna; two museums, self-guided trails (summer only). more

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