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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  • Buttonwood Park Zoo +
    50 saves

    Buttonwood Park Zoo

    New Bedford

  • Natural Resources Trust of Easton-Sheep Pasture +
    48 saves

    Natural Resources Trust of Easton-Sheep Pasture

    Easton

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    823 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Weir River Farm +
    16 saves

    Weir River Farm

    Hingham

  • Buzzards Bay Coalition

    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
  • Capron Park Zoo

    Attleboro

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

    + 16 saves
  • Children's Museum in Easton

    North Easton

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

    + 6 saves
  • Holly Hill Farm

    Cohasset

    Farmed since the early 17th century, Holly Hill Farm is a certified organic vegetable and flower farm with 140 acres of... more

    + 0 saves
  • 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

    + 7 saves
  • Palmer River Equestrian Center

    Rehoboth

    Palmer River Equestrian Center offers a variety of horsemanship programs for both children and adults. We have a great summer... more

    + 1 saves
  • South Shore Arts and Recreation Center/Starcreations Theater

    Plymouth

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

    + 0 saves
  • Wesport Town Farm

    Westport

    At Westport Town Farm, livestock again graze on open fields. An antique farmhouse, dairy barn, corn crib, and stone walls... more

    + 4 saves
  • Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary

    Norton

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

    + 11 saves

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