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Central has indoor and outdoor fun for visitors

Central Massachusetts boasts three unique art museums, one considered one of the finest of its size in the country. Another is a world-class family-friendly museum with a permanent collection spanning 5,000 years. The third offers regular traveling and loan exhibits. You can explore the living history preserved at celebrated Sturbridge Village, and discover hissing cockroaches, a white rhino, camels, alligators and more at New England’s largest zoo. Things to do in nature, the outdoors, and the arts are interesting for the whole family on a getaway to Central Massachusetts.
Oxen on the Common - Old Sturbridge Village - Sturbridge, MA
Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, off Route 20 Sturbridge, MA, 01566 Phone: 508-347-3362 Toll-Free: 800-733-1830

See what early 19th century was like at this living history museum

Old Sturbridge Village is open! Advanced ticketing required is required. Please visit our updated policies & procedures before reserving your visit.

Your epic adventure into the past begins when you walk on to the 200 acres of living history that Old Sturbridge Village represents. The village will take you back to the 1830s and what a rural New England village would look and feel like. Costumed historians at the cider mill, printing office, bank, district school, sawmill and pottery shop will demonstrate and answer questions about the crafts and daily life of their era. The 40 historic buildings have assembled from throughout the region, added to the museum’s over 40,000 historical artifacts from firearms to clocks. The grounds are spectacular, with several gardens, a working farm with animals, and three nature walks.
Paintings - Worcester Art Museum - Worcester MA
Worcester Art Museum

55 Salisbury Street Worcester, MA, 01609 Phone: 508-799-4406

Get whisked away to other times, places, cultures at this engaging art museum

Prepare to be swept away when you enter the Worcester Art Museum, where selections from the museum’s 38,000 objects will take you away to other times and other cultures. See how the natural world inspired the work of Susan Swinand, marvel at exquisite 18th century Japanese folding screens – or go back to medieval times in the expanded collection of chivalric arms and armor. The museum’s stunning paintings from the 16th through 18th centuries have been reinstalled, with interactive elements. Families will feel at home here, with opportunities for play, drawing and relaxation. Ask about public tours, including 20-minute “zip tours” of one artist or work of art. Check the website for current and future exhibits, timed-admission information and safety protocols.
EcoTarium Attractions
EcoTarium, New England's Leading Museum of Science and Nature

222 Harrington Way Worcester, MA, 01604 Phone: 508-929-2700

Worcester’s Museum of Science and Nature

EcoTarium is closed for the fall and winter - see you next year!
Set in a beautiful, urban oasis on 55 acres, the EcoTarium offers a unique indoor-outdoor experience of exploration and discovery. Take a thrilling multimedia journey in the Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater, meet live animals, stroll nature trails, “experience” the wild weather of Mount Washington, get hands-on with lots of family-friendly exhibits, and enjoy endless play in the expansive outdoor exhibit, Nature Explore®. To complete your visit, take a trek through the treetops on the Tree Canopy Walkway (seasonal). Rain or shine, summer or winter, there’s always something fun for the whole family to discover at the EcoTarium!

Visit the EcoTarium website for directions, an events calendar, exhibit information and more.
Bengal Tiger - Southwick’s Zoo  -Mendon, MA
Southwick’s Zoo

2 Southwick Street Mendon, MA, 01756 Phone: 800-258-9182

If you could talk to the animals….you can

Southwick’s Zoo in historic Blackstone Valley is surrounded by 300 shady acres. The zoo is home to over 850 animals representing 152 species. You can also soar above the zoo on the Skyfari Sky Ride. Get up close with many of the animals in the petting zoo and Deer Forest. Southwick’s offers food venues, picnic grounds, shows, rides and a play park. Visit Parakeet Landing a walk-thru Aviary or learn about different birds at Avian Adventures, an interactive show. Southwick’s Zoo also offers presentations at the Earth Discovery Center. The Woodlands Express takes you through the North American Wetlands Habitat. Enjoy animals in large, naturalistic habitats. Operating hours for Southwick’s Zoo are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 7 days a week, mid–April to mid-October, with limited operations to Christmas.