Massachusetts zoos, aquariums, animal parks are excellent, world-famous

The exciting and mysterious worlds of science and nature are on display around Massachusetts for a day of fun and learning for children and adults. Zoos bring you up close for animal encounters and interactive exhibits with large and small, exotic wildlife from here and around the world. Aquariums feature saltwater and freshwater tanks to offer a unique view into sea life and to serve as an introduction to marine ecology. Family friendly lodging nearby your destination makes your visit all the more fun.

White Rhinoceros - Southwick’s Zoo - Mendon, MA
Southwick’s Zoo

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

A full day of fun for every visitor to this zoo, with exciting rides, over 850 animals

Animals to visit, rides to take, goats to pet, deers to feed: It’s a full day of family fun at Southwick’s Zoo. More than 850 animals in naturalistic habitats are the big draw, of course: Watch a Bengal tiger, a lion or cheetah roam their territory. Check out a Brazilian tapir, laughing kookaburra, American alligator, capuchin monkey, two-toed sloth. There’s a petting zoo with pgymy goats, a Deer Forest where you can feed fallow deer and an EARTH Discovery Center where you can meet animal ambassadors and watch live presentations. Rides include the Skyfari Sky Ride with its bird’s-eye view of the zoo, the seated Soaring Eagle Zip Line and the Woodland Express Train. Dine at Galliford’s Restaurant and Tavern.
Maria Mitchell Association Aquarium

28 Washington Street Nantucket, MA, 02554 Phone: 508-228-5387

Open: Seasonally; call for hours.

Satwater and freshwater tank exhibition and a gift shop with unique gifts for all ages. The aquarium is the starting point for marine ecology field trips led by staff members. There is an admission fee.
Lupa Zoo

62 Nash Hill Road Ludlow, MA, 02051 Phone: 413-583-8370

Non-profit wildlife facility dedicated to promoting appreciation and respect for the conservation of animals and their ecosystems; while offering enjoyable, educational and family-oriented experiences in an urban recreational setting. Open daily April-November from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.
Capron Park Zoo

The zoo has revitalized itself with new exhibits and animals from all over the world: African lion cubs, North American river otters, snow leopards, and creatures of the rain forests. Activities give children the chance to handle small animals, conduct daily rounds with zookeepers, and to clean exhibits and feed animals. If the day is hot, kids can take a break in the mist tent for a gentle, cooling shower.

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