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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  • Animal Adventures +
    30 saves

    Animal Adventures

    Bolton

  • Buttonwood Park Zoo +
    9 saves

    Buttonwood Park Zoo

    New Bedford

  • Davis Farmland and MegaMaze +
    45 saves

    Davis Farmland and MegaMaze

    Sterling

  • Franklin Park Zoo +
    78 saves

    Franklin Park Zoo

    Boston

  • Maritime Gloucester +
    4 saves

    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • New England Aquarium +
    317 saves

    New England Aquarium

    Boston

  • Southwick's Zoo +
    31 saves

    Southwick's Zoo

    Mendon

  • Stone Zoo +
    73 saves

    Stone Zoo

    Stoneham

  • The Whydah Pirate Museum +
    65 saves

    The Whydah Pirate Museum

    Provincetown

  • Amelia Park Children''s Museum

    Westfield

    Children are immersed in fresh, vibrant learning experiences utilizing innocative exhibits. This, couples with programs that have measurable outcome, provide... more

    + 2 saves
  • Berkshire Museum

    Pittsfield

    Art, history, natural science. Make surprising connections! Berkshire Museum offers a unique array of exhibitions, activities, and attractions for visitors... more

    + 4 saves
  • Buzzards Bay Center

    New Bedford

    The Richard C. Wheeler Bay Learning Center at the Buzzards Bay Center in downtown New Bedford is a free resource... more

    + 0 saves
  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

    Brewster

    80-acre site, abutted by 400 acres of conservation land; nature trails, exhibits, films, guided walks, lectures, and family activities. Special programs... more

    + 6 saves
  • Capron Park Zoo

    Attleboro

    Animals from around the world; Asian rain forest; nocturnal building. more

    + 3 saves
  • Children's Museum at Holyoke

    Holyoke

    Hands-on exhibits. more

    + 7 saves
  • Children's Museum in Easton

    North Easton

    Interactive exhibits in the arts, sciences, and humanities; located in historic old fire station. more

    + 1 saves
  • Go Boston Card

    Boston

    The Go Boston Card gets you into over 70 top Boston attractions and saves you up to 55% off the cost of... more

    + 33 saves
  • Go Select Pass - Boston

    Boston

    Create your ideal Boston experience with the Go Select Pass. With Go Select, you can build a personalized pass that... more

    + 5 saves
  • Lupa Game Farm, Inc.

    Ludlow

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

    + 0 saves
  • 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

    + 2 saves

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