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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.

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

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

It really is all happening at this zoo, with hundreds of animals and exciting rides

Zip on over to Southwick’s Zoo for a full day of fun. It starts with the animals, of course, and there are over 850 of them in naturalistic habitats. From leopards, white rhinos and giraffes to tarantulas and tiny frogs, this zoo has one amazing exhibit after another. You can feed the pygmy goats in the petting zoo or fallow deer in the Deer Forest, offer seed sticks to parakeets in a walk-through aviary or take a ride on a camel. Check the website for animal encounters where you can help feed a giraffe or sloth. Beyond the animals, there’s an adventure maze, train ride, zip line and the Skyfari Sky Ride. And the year-round Galliford’s Restaurant & Tavern serves delicious lunches and dinners.
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.
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.
Tiger - Franklin Park Zoo - Boston MA
Franklin Park Zoo

One Franklin Park Road Boston, MA, 02121 Phone: 617-541-5466

From lions to lemurs, plenty of creatures featured at this Boston zoo

At the Franklin Park Zoo, fun and education combine to provide visitors with a one-of-a-kind experience. Environments include exhibits where colorful birds fly free, rainforests where pygmy hippos and Western lowland gorillas roam, a tented space filled with bright butterflies (and fairy houses), an Outback Trail with kangaroos and emus, and special spaces for a tiger, lions and creatures of the Serengeti like zebras and wildebeests. There are hands-on exhibits and zookeeper chats as well as opportunities to see what goes on behind the scenes of a zoo. There’s even an organic garden and a huge outdoor playground to explore, as well as a farm with a petting zoo. Grab pizza at the Giddy-Up Grill or bring a picnic!
Caribbean Flamingo - Stone Zoo - Stoneham, MA
Stone Zoo

149 Pond Street Stoneham, MA, 02180 Phone: 617-541-5466

Interactive activities and plenty of animal exhibits at this engaging zoo

Laugh at the toothy grin of an alligator, marvel at the majesty of a snow leopard, scritch the ears of a dwarf goat at the petting zoo: Do all this and more at the Stone Zoo, where visitors can walk through a series of environments hosting a huge variety of animals. River otters frolic in Treetops and Riverbeds; jaguars and cougars prowl in the Sierra Madre; yak climb the Himalayan Highlands; and black bear brothers Smoky and Bubba play in the Yukon Creek exhibit. Hands-on activities are featured in the Animal Discovery Center, there is a playground and a children’s train ride; and fun in a nature play area includes fort building and climbing into an oversized bird’s nest.
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.

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