Massachusetts might not be the natural habitat for any really exotic animals (no, squirrels and pigeons don’t count), but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an animal adventure. We’re talking kangaroos at Southwick’s Zoo, gorillas at the Franklin Park Zoo, and penguins at the New England Aquarium. Lots and lots of penguins. If you’re looking to check some more birds off your list, the Berkshires is one of the best bird watching locations in the country. Then there’s horseback riding, with ranches for riding and learning all over the state. And if your kids like to get up close and personal with the animals, petting zoos at destinations like Smolak Farms and Lookout Farm will give them the warm and fuzzies. Just make sure they don’t take anything home.

  • Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth

  • Franklin Park Zoo, Dorchester

  • Topsfield Fair, Topsfield

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  • New England Aquarium

    New England Aquarium

    Boston

  • Plimoth Plantation

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Boston Children's Museum

    Boston Children's Museum

    Boston

  • Franklin Park Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo

    Boston

  • The Whydah Pirate Museum

    The Whydah Pirate Museum

    Provincetown

  • The Butterfly Place

    The Butterfly Place

    Westford

  • Stone Zoo

    Stone Zoo

    Stoneham

  • Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

    Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

    Lincoln

  • Davis Farmland and MegaMaze

    Davis Farmland and MegaMaze

    Sterling

  • Southwick's Zoo

    Southwick's Zoo

    Mendon

  • Museum of Science

    Museum of Science

    Boston

  • Animal Adventures

    Animal Adventures

    Bolton

  • The Bolton Fair

    The Bolton Fair

    Lancaster

  • Northern Exposure Outfitters

    Northern Exposure Outfitters

    Brookfield

  • Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch

    Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch

    Gloucester

  • Maritime Gloucester

    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Orange

  • Look Memorial Park

    Look Memorial Park

    Florence

  • Buttonwood Park Zoo

    Buttonwood Park Zoo

    New Bedford

  • Monomoy Island Excursion

    Monomoy Island Excursion

    Harwich Port

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