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

Massachusetts zoos and aquariums are among the best in the world. A visit to a zoo or aquarium is a fun and educational day trip for all ages in almost all seasons. You will find yourself coming back.

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Southwick’s Zoo Southwick’s Zoo Mendon MA

2 Southwick Street Mendon, MA 01756 Toll-Free: 800-258-9182 Fax: 508-883-0242

Bringing the wildlife to a place near you

A highly accessible zoo, New England’s largest presents enough entertaining and enlightening animal attractions, exhibits and encounters to take your breath away. 115 species of animals both large and small await your visit and you can learn all about them at the Earth Discovery Center. There’s a 35 acre deer forest, a petting zoo, and parakeet aviary to experience on foot, or you can ride the Woodlands Express train, or the Skyfari Sky Ride to meet elk, chimpanzees, camels, alligators, zebra. and ostrich from inside or above. Don’t miss the big cats, snakes, dragons, and the always popular Madagascar Hissing Cockroach. Opening April 21 for the 2014 season with an all new prairie dog digs, two toed sloths and cheetahs there, the zoo is handicap accessible and parking is free.

Franklin Park Zoo Franklin Park Zoo Boston MA

One Franklin Park Road Boston, MA 02121 Phone: 617-541-LION (5466) Fax: 617-989-2025

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Opened in 1912, the AZA-accredited Franklin Park Zoo is situated on a 72-acre site just four miles from downtown Boston and features an array of wildlife from all over the world. Come face-to-face with an African lion in the Kalahari Kingdom, visit Masai giraffe and Grevy’s zebra at the Giraffe Savannah and discover the Tropical Forest, home to western lowland gorillas, lemurs, mandrills and much more! Be sure not to miss Aussie Aviary, a free-flight, interactive aviary open seasonally and home to hundreds of brightly colored budgies. Franklin Park Zoo offers many activities for children including education classes, Zoo Camp and Snorin’ Roarin’ sleepovers. The zoo is available for rentals and offers unique indoor and outdoor facilities and catering services to turn your child’s birthday party or your next meeting or event into an adventure! Open year round - except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

New England Aquarium New England Aquarium Boston MA

Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110 Phone: 617-973-5200

Protecting the Blue Planet for 40 Years

The New Aquarium Experience is here. See the Aquarium’s 21st-century transformation, featuring a spectacular new Caribbean coral reef teeming with more than 2,000 animals. The renovated 200,000 gallon Giant Ocean Tank features crystal-clear views of sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and thousands of tropical fishes. Your Aquarium adventure includes bustling penguin colonies, playful seals and the smooth skin of a cownose ray gliding under your fingertips. Complete your journey with Penguins 3D in IMAX (additional cost). The Aquarium is a treasure trove ready for exploration by families and ocean lovers right in the heart of downtown Boston.

Stone Zoo Stone Zoo Stoneham MA

149 Pond Street Stoneham, MA 02180 Phone: 617-541-LION (5466) Fax: 781-438-9517

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Stone Zoo features a wildly popular black bear exhibit and greater Boston’s only white-cheeked gibbon exhibit. The Zoo is also home to colobus monkeys, Canada lynxes, snow leopards, Mexican gray wolves, river otters, spider monkeys, capybara and many other interesting and fascinating animals from around the world. The Treasures of the Sierra Madre exhibit features jaguars, cougars, coyotes, and Gila monsters. At Windows to the Wild, view hyacinth macaws, flamingos, emperor tamarins, and African-crested porcupines. Open year round - except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Stone Zoo is located off of Exit 34 on 93 North and Exit 35 off 93 South.
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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 April 1 through December 25; Everyday from 9:30 AM – 5 PM. Suggested donation of $5.00.

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.

Capron Park Zoo

Attleboro, MA 02703 Phone: 508-222-6202

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.