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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    The Butterfly Place

    Westford

  • Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary +
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    Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

    Lincoln

  • Minute Man National Historical Park +
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    Minute Man National Historical Park

    Concord

  • Ravenswood Park +
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    Ravenswood Park

    Gloucester

  • Lowell National Historical Park and Boott Cotton Mills Museum +
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    Lowell National Historical Park and Boott Cotton Mills Museum

    Lowell

  • Honey Pot Hill Orchards +
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    Honey Pot Hill Orchards

    Stowe

  • Discovery Museum +
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    Discovery Museum

    Acton

  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site

    Salem

    From the Orientation Center, National Park Service rangers will take you on tours of Friendship, Salem's own three-masted tall ship;... more

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  • Essex National Heritage Area

    Salem

    Covering 500 square miles of northeastern Massachusetts, Essex Heritage is home to over 200 historical sites, renowned museums, wildlife refuges, working farms... more

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  • Saugus Iron Works National Historic Site

    Saugus

    This is the site of the first successful integrated iron works in North America, which produced both cast iron and... more

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  • North American Wolf Foundation - Wolf Hollow

    Ipswich

    North American gray wolves and their environmental roles in a natural habitat. more

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  • EZ Pedaler of Newburyport

    Newburyport

    EZ Pedaler is a bike rental company delivering world class electric bicycles and pedal bicycles for your enjoyment. These are... 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Cider Hill Farm

    Amesbury

    A truly meaningful and educational experience combines fun, family and fresh foods! Make a trip to Cider Hill Farm a... more

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  • Goss Farm

    Dunstable

    Goss Farm is a family owned farm that offers several activities that guarantees a family fun filled day in the... more

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  • Maritime Heritage Center

    Gloucester

    Nineteenth-century mill; boat building, marine resource center, museum shop and three piers. more

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  • Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary

    Topsfield

    Ipswich River, one of Mass Audubon's largest sanctuaries, offers more than 12 miles of interconnecting trails that invite you to explore... more

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