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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  • 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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  • North American Wolf Foundation - Wolf Hollow

    Ipswich

    North American gray wolves and their environmental roles in a natural habitat. more

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  • Northeast Fisheries Science Center

    Woods Hole

    Complete with a walk through aquarium and petting zoo. The center seeks to better understand living resources and their ecosystems. more

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  • OceanQuest Hands-On Discovery Cruises

    E. Dennis

    Cruise station to station aboard the Venture Inn II and enjoy the scenic beauty of Woods Hole as you explore... more

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  • Pack Out Gear

    Charlestown

    Going camping? Pack Out Gear offers camping equipment rentals. Visitors to www.packoutgear.com may make selections from our inventory.... more

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  • Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

    Newburyport

    A pristine refuge for birds and diverse wildlife on Plum Island. Opportunities exist for nature walks, wildlife observation, canoeing/kayaking,... more

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  • Patriot Place

    Foxborough

    Adjacent to Gillette Stadium, Patriot Place features more than 1.3 million square feet of shopping, entertainment and commercial uses. Major fashion... more

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  • Peaked Mountain

    Monson

    Explore woods roads through a former working forest and trek to a summit that rewards with panoramic views from Mount... 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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  • Poets Seat Tower

    Greenfield

    Miles of woodland trails; bird watching and eagle viewing; spectacular views. more

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  • The Polly Hill Arboretum

    West Tisbury

    Horticultural and botanical landmark dedicated to cultivation and study of plants; wildflower-filled meadows, endangered plant species, year-round exhibits. more

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  • Powisset Farm

    Dover

    A restored farming operation, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, on a landscape with a history of pastures and planted... more

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  • Quabbin Reservoir

    Belchertown

    One of the largest man-made domestic water reservoirs in the U.S. with 57,523 acres of protected watershed. Hiking trails, bird... more

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  • Rock House Reservation

    West Brookfield

    Built by the glacier and blessed by indigenous tribes who hunted and worshiped here, the cave-like shelter and its surroundings... 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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  • Sandwich State Fish Hatchery

    Sandwich

    More than half a million fish raised to stock the state's various ponds. 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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  • SHOLAN FARMS

    Leominster

    Visit the last working apple orchard in Leominster, the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman). Your visit will be a... more

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  • The Silverbrook Farm

    Achushnet

    Silverbrook Farm is a fully operational farm serving the Southern New England region. With Fresh Produce, CSA, Hay Rides, a... more

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  • Skyfields Arboretum-Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust

    Athol

    The 40 acres of bucolic meadows and mixed-deciduous forest surrounding the headquarters of Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust are a pleasure... more

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