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 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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  • New England Aquarium

    New England Aquarium

    Boston

  • Franklin Park Zoo

    Franklin Park Zoo

    Boston

  • The Whydah Pirate Museum

    The Whydah Pirate Museum

    Provincetown

  • Stone Zoo

    Stone Zoo

    Stoneham

  • 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

  • Maritime Gloucester

    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • Buttonwood Park Zoo

    Buttonwood Park Zoo

    New Bedford

  • New England Aquarium Whale Watch

    New England Aquarium Whale Watch

    Boston

  • Boston CityPASS®

    Boston CityPASS®

    Boston

  • The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center

    The Zoo in Forest Park and Education Center

    Springfield

  • Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

    Cape Cod Museum of Natural History

    Brewster

  • Capron Park Zoo

    Capron Park Zoo

    Attleboro

  • National Marine Life Center

    National Marine Life Center

    Buzzards Bay

  • NOAA Fisheries Science Aquarium

    NOAA Fisheries Science Aquarium

    Woods Hole

  • Berkshire Museum

    Berkshire Museum

    Pittsfield

  • Children's Museum at Holyoke

    Children's Museum at Holyoke

    Holyoke

  • Lupa Zoo

    Lupa Zoo

    Ludlow

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