Visit one of Massachusetts’ many nature centers, and you’ll learn about the fascinating world around you.

Bristol County Natural History Center, south of Boston, enjoy live exhibits, ponds, wetlands, beaches, meadows and forest displays. The EcoTarium in Worcester is an indoor/outdoor museum dedicated to exploring the natural world, with three floors of interactive exhibits, wildlife exhibits, nature trails, ponds and award-winning meadows, planetarium and train ride. The Hitchcock Center for the Environment in Western Massachusetts provides nature trails, field trips, an environmental and natural history library, games, educational activities and more.

For something out of the ordinary, Davis’ Farmland and MegaMaze in Central Massachusetts has lots of child-friendly farm animals, and, in late fall, a corn-stalk maze with three miles of pathways and bridges over eight acres.

Love clams? Sign up with Cape Cod Clamming Trips in Brewster, and dig for your own tasty bivalves.

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  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area +
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    Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area

    Boston

  • Franklin Park Zoo +
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    Franklin Park Zoo

    Boston

  • Adams National Historical Park +
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    Adams National Historical Park

    Quincy

  • Museum of Science +
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    Museum of Science

    Boston

  • Massachusetts Horticultural Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank +
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    Massachusetts Horticultural Society- The Gardens at Elm Bank

    Wellesley

  • New England Base Camp +
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    New England Base Camp

    Milton

  • Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum +
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    Mass Audubon Blue Hills Trailside Museum

    Milton

  • Wakefield Estate +
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    Wakefield Estate

    Milton

  • Woodville Maples +
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    Woodville Maples

    Hopkinton

  • Stone Zoo

    Stoneham

    For more than 100 years, Stone Zoo has delighted generations of visitors. This 26-acre site is home to black bears, white-cheeked... more

    + 195 saves
  • Boston Public Garden

    Boston

    Formal gardens and rare trees; setting for McCloskey's "Make Way for Ducklings" book and sculpture. Seasonal Swan Boat... more

    + 39 saves
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site

    Brookline

    Kennedy NHS preserves the birthplace and boyhood home of the 35th president of the United States. Kennedy spent his formative... more

    + 38 saves
  • Longfellow National Historic Site

    Cambridge

    General George Washington's Continental Army headquarters, 1775-1776; home of poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1837-1882; gathering place for prominent... more

    + 26 saves
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery

    Cambridge

    National historic landmark founded in 1831 as the first garden cemetery. Graves of architect Charles Bulfinch, artist Winslow Homer, authors Henry... more

    + 8 saves
  • Boston African-American National Historic Site

    Boston

    15 pre-Civil War structures relating to the history of Boston's 19th-century African-American community. more

    + 6 saves
  • Noanet Woodlands

    Dover

    You will find more than 17 miles of shady trails and woods roads for walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and horseback riding.... more

    + 6 saves
  • Mass Audubon's Blue Hills Trailside Museum

    Milton

    The Blue Hills Trailside Museum is the interpretive center for the state's Blue Hills Reservation and is managed by Mass... more

    + 4 saves
  • Noon Hill

    Medfield

    Wooded trails wind through the varied terrain of Noon Hill, making it perfect for hiking, cross-country skiing, mountain biking, and... more

    + 4 saves
  • Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site

    Brookline

    Former home/office of Frederick Law Olmsted, founder of American landscape architecture; plans and photos of his firm's work. Closed... more

    + 3 saves
  • Mass Audubon's Habitat Education Center

    Belmont

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

    + 2 saves

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