Massachusetts might not be the natural habitat for any really exotic animals (no, squirrels and pigeons don’t count), but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an animal adventure. We’re talking kangaroos at Southwick’s Zoo, gorillas at the Franklin Park Zoo, and penguins at the New England Aquarium. Lots and lots of penguins. If you’re looking to check some more birds off your list, the Berkshires is one of the best bird watching locations in the country. Then there’s horseback riding, with ranches for riding and learning all over the state. And if your kids like to get up close and personal with the animals, petting zoos at destinations like Smolak Farms and Lookout Farm will give them the warm and fuzzies. Just make sure they don’t take anything home.

  • Plimoth Plantation, Plymouth

  • Franklin Park Zoo, Dorchester

  • Topsfield Fair, Topsfield

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  • New England Aquarium +
    1,043 saves

    New England Aquarium

    Boston

  • Plimoth Plantation +
    830 saves

    Plimoth Plantation

    Plymouth

  • Boston Children's Museum +
    338 saves

    Boston Children's Museum

    Boston

  • Franklin Park Zoo +
    297 saves

    Franklin Park Zoo

    Boston

  • The Whydah Pirate Museum +
    284 saves

    The Whydah Pirate Museum

    Provincetown

  • The Butterfly Place +
    262 saves

    The Butterfly Place

    Westford

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

    Mass Audubon's Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

    Lincoln

  • Davis Farmland and MegaMaze +
    167 saves

    Davis Farmland and MegaMaze

    Sterling

  • Southwick's Zoo +
    128 saves

    Southwick's Zoo

    Mendon

  • Museum of Science +
    100 saves

    Museum of Science

    Boston

  • Esperanza Riding Company +
    95 saves

    Esperanza Riding Company

    Sandwich

  • Animal Adventures +
    83 saves

    Animal Adventures

    Bolton

  • Northern Exposure Outfitters +
    81 saves

    Northern Exposure Outfitters

    Brookfield

  • The Bolton Fair +
    80 saves

    The Bolton Fair

    Lancaster

  • Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch +
    75 saves

    Capt. Bill & Sons Whale Watch

    Gloucester

  • Maritime Gloucester +
    67 saves

    Maritime Gloucester

    Gloucester

  • ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin +
    61 saves

    ENQ ~ Explore North Quabbin

    Orange

  • Look Memorial Park +
    56 saves

    Look Memorial Park

    Florence

  • Buttonwood Park Zoo +
    50 saves

    Buttonwood Park Zoo

    New Bedford

  • Monomoy Island Excursion +
    48 saves

    Monomoy Island Excursion

    Harwich Port

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