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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