Even if you’re not outdoorsy, Massachusetts has so many ways you can explore nature and its creatures.

At the Springfield Science Museum, explore the eco-center, the dinosaur and African halls, the mineral hall and the planetarium. Visit the Southwick’s Zoo in Central Massachusetts — it’s New England’s largest zoo, with delightfully large and small animals. In Boston check out Franklin Park Zoo. The Berkshire Museum in Western Massachusetts offers art, natural science and a history exhibit, along with a touch-tank aquarium and children’s programs.

Robots and holograms are just two of the cutting-edge science exhibits on display at Cambridge’s MIT Museum. On Nantucket, view the night sky at the Loines Observatory. To experience the sea indoors, visit the world-famous New England Aquarium in Boston, home to 2,000 species of exotic fish, sharks and sea turtles in a giant ocean tank, plus a penguin colony and more.

  • Southwick's Zoo, Mendon

  • The Zoo in Forest Park and Educational Center, Springfield

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  • Lupa Zoo

    Ludlow

    Lupa Zoo is an Educational facility that has a large display of many exotic animals. It is a great place... more

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  • Mapparium/The Mary Baker Eddy Library

    Boston

    Interactive exhibits and kiosks, include the world-famous Mapparium, a stunning three-story stained glass globe. Explore the life and achievements of... more

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  • Maria Mitchell Association's Aquarium

    Nantucket

    View marine life of island salt marshes, harbors, and near-shore waters; marine life collecting trips. more

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  • Marine Biological Laboratory

    Woods Hole

    The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in... more

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  • Museum of Science

    Boston

    Science and technology come alive at the Museum of Science! Experience the power of discovery through more than 700 interactive exhibits... 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 Aquarium Whale Watch

    Boston

    Want to see where we keep the really big animals? Join us for an incredible whale watching experience and come... more

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  • NOAA Fisheries Science Aquarium

    Woods Hole

    Harborside research laboratory with aquarium features outdoor seals and sealife touch tanks. Home to research vessels, R/V Albatross IV... 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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  • Ocean Explorium

    New Bedford

    We provide a unique and effective vehicle for educating the public about the oceans: their protection, restoration, pollution prevention and... more

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  • Polish Center of Discovery and Learning

    Chicopee

    We are a"living monument" safegaurding historical objects representative of the material culture of the Polish people. We celebrate the... more

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  • Science Library

    Nantucket

    Science and nature books, children's collection, and historic manuscripts. more

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  • South Shore Arts and Recreation Center/Starcreations Theater

    Plymouth

    Hands-on exhibits including whale watch boat, schoolhouse, market, golf, and fire truck. more

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  • Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary

    Norton

    Stay for Life Animal Reserve. Over 200 animals. Visitors Welcome more

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  • The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center

    Springfield

    The mission of the Forest Park Zoological Society is to promote public awareness and appreciation for indigenous and exotic animals,... more

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