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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  • Animal Adventures +
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    Animal Adventures

    Bolton

  • The Bolton Fair +
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    The Bolton Fair

    Lancaster

  • Bolton Fair +
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    Bolton Fair

    Lancaster

  • Carter & Stevens Farm +
    4 saves

    Carter & Stevens Farm

    Barre

  • Davis Farmland and MegaMaze +
    164 saves

    Davis Farmland and MegaMaze

    Sterling

  • Heifer Farm +
    1 saves

    Heifer Farm

    Rutland

  • KALON FARM +
    16 saves

    KALON FARM

    Ashburnham

  • Maple Farm Sanctuary +
    1 saves

    Maple Farm Sanctuary

    Mendon

  • New England Equestrian Center of Athol +
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    New England Equestrian Center of Athol

    Athol

  • Northern Exposure Outfitters +
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    Northern Exposure Outfitters

    Brookfield

  • Southwick's Zoo +
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    Southwick's Zoo

    Mendon

  • Tougas Family Farm +
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    Tougas Family Farm

    Northborough

  • West End Creamery +
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    West End Creamery

    Whitinsville

  • Barre Riding and Driving Club

    Barre

    We are an equine club serving central Massachusetts. The intent of our club is to provide equine activities and education... more

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  • Cornerstone Ranch

    Princeton

    Trail Rides by horseback as well as sleigh and wagon rides. Some trail rides include BBQ dinner and some horse... more

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  • Sugar Hollow Farm

    Phillipston

    Small farm in Central Mass dedicated to educating and empowering the community to live more natural lives and to be... more

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  • Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary

    Princeton

    Wachusett Meadow is a former farmstead that offers spectacular scenery and supports abundant wildlife throughout woodlands, wetlands, and meadows. Historic... more

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  • Walker Farm at Whortleberry Hill

    New Braintree

    Certified 100% grassfed and Animal Welfare Approved Grass Fed beef ranch. Using organic practices, no GMOs, chemicals, hormones or antibiotics. We... more

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