Don’t tell anyone, but Massachusetts is kind of a big nerd. We simply love science and nature. You could say it’s in our nature, with scenic roads like the lovely Mohawk Trail, 1500 miles of postcard pretty coastline, and some of America’s most brilliant fall foliage. We could spend hours at the Museum of Science, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and wish we could live at the Franklin Park Zoo or maybe the Butterfly Place, surrounded by colorful creatures. And don’t even get us started on the New England Aquarium, fully renovated in 2013.

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  • Boston Public Garden

  • Franklin Park Zoo, Boston

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  • Lavender Farm

    Harwich

    Cape Cod Lavender Farm is located on twenty secluded acres overlooking Island Pond in Harwich on Cape Cod. It is... more

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  • Lloyd Center for the Environment

    Dartmouth

    Nature center with 55 acres of woods and marshland; 5 miles of walking trails; live exhibits and touchtank. more

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  • Lynn Woods

    Lynn

    Hiking, rock climbing, biking, horseback riding, birdwatching, cross-country skiing; Rose Garden; maps available. more

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  • Marine Biological Laboratory

    Woods Hole

    The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is dedicated to scientific discovery and improving the human condition through research and education in... more

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  • Mass Audubon's Habitat Education Center

    Belmont

    Hiking trails, nature center, formal gardens, art gallery and natural history programs for children and adults. more

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  • Mass Audubon's South Shore Sanctuaries

    Marshfield

    There are three wildlife sanctuaries managed by Mass Audubon on the South Shore. The North River and Daniel Webster Wildlife... more

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  • Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

    Newburyport

    A pristine refuge for birds and diverse wildlife on Plum Island. Opportunities exist for nature walks, wildlife observation, canoeing/kayaking,... more

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  • Pine Hill Orchards

    Colrain

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  • Poets Seat Tower

    Greenfield

    Miles of woodland trails; bird watching and eagle viewing; spectacular views. more

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  • Sandwich State Fish Hatchery

    Sandwich

    More than half a million fish raised to stock the state's various ponds. more

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  • SHOLAN FARMS

    Leominster

    Visit the last working apple orchard in Leominster, the birthplace of Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman). Your visit will be a... more

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  • South Shore Natural Science Center

    Norwell

    Non-profit education center and museum with art gallery. Outdoor nature trails; trail for visually disabled. Animal Planet's Jeff Corwin inspired... more

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  • Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

    Newbury

    The Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is a family-friendly site with activities for visitors of all ages. The 230-acre site includes a late... more

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  • Stevens-Coolidge Place

    North Andover

    The Stevens-Coolidge Place is a wonderful example of "the country place," when rural retreats were designed as places... more

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  • Tantiusques Reservation

    Sturbridge

    Hike through forested trails and visit the site of a former lead mine used by Native Americans and, later, European... more

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  • Walnut Hill Tracking & Nature Center

    Orange

    Walnut Hill conducts outdoor programs in animal tracking and nature exploration. We offer year-round day-long outdoor programs with highly qualified... more

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  • Webster Lake

    Webster

    Indian name is Lake Chargoggagogmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg (longest geographic name in the US; translation: I fish on my side of the lake,... more

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  • Whale Center of New England

    Gloucester

    Come see our humpback whale skeleton! We have been conducting research on whales for 30 years. Visit our exhibit and learn... more

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  • Wilson Farm

    Lexington

    Since 1884, our family's pride has meant one thing: "The Best". Inside our expansive barn, you'll discover why we're... more

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  • Carriage House at Lynch Park

    Beverly

    The Carriage House is nestled between Woodbury Cove and the Atlantic Ocean within the beautiful Lynch Park. This historic landmark... more

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