Zoos in Massachusetts with kids

It’s animal time in Massachusetts, and they are calling YOU!

For those families who LOVE those animal encounters, look no further than Massachusetts because The Bay State has plenty of them!

We have to start with zoos. These are the most iconic way to experience wildlife, and great to visit with children. They offer animal encounters, and kids can experience creatures from all across the globe.  

Farms are a great alternative for a more hands-on experience with petting zoos and barnyard fun. Wildlife sanctuaries offer kids an invaluable lesson in conservation, and animal-specific attractions let kids really immerse themselves in their favorite creatures!

Whatever wildlife experience you choose with children, you know they will walk away filled with memories and knowledge that can’t be replaced. They’ll have a ROAR-ing time! 

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  • Capron Park Zoo

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    Attleboro

    Combined with an award-winning playground and exciting educational programs, the Zoo is sure to delight the young and young at heart. Whether it's watching the Lions wrestle, coming face-to-face with ...

  • Franklin Park Zoo

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    Dorchester

    An amazing zoo in Massachusetts, with 10 main areas featuring animals from all over the world, as well as a 10,000 sq feet kids playground!

  • Magic Wings

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    South Deerfield

    The 8,000-square foot conservatory is home to nearly 4,000 free-flying butterflies from all over the world. One of many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in ...

  • New England Aquarium

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    Boston

    Coral reefs, from the Bahamas and the tropical Pacific to Australia. Meet lionfish and stonefish, some of the most poisonous fish in the sea. Great idea for family places to visit if you're looking ...

  • Stone Zoo

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    Stoneham

    Highlights of Stone Zoo's collection include the snow leopards of Himalayan Highlands, bald eagles of Yukon Creek, hornbills and emperor tamarins of Windows to the Wild, and jaguars and cougars of ...

  • The Butterfly Place

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    Westford

    Surround yourself with over 500 butterflies, representing up to 50 species from all around the world, with this charming New England butterfly experience!

  • Buttonwood Park Zoo

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    New Bedford

    The Zoo's Education Department and zookeeper staff offer a range of programs to enhance your zoo experience. See how zookeepers provide enrichment activities to keep the zoo's animals active and ...

  • Woods Hole Science Aquarium

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    Woods Hole

    Kids especially love the "touch tank," where they can reach into tide pools filled with starfish and sea cucumbers. Other displays include sea turtles, lobster and wolffish. One of many fun family ...

  • Zoo in Forest Park

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    Springfield

    The Zoo features exotic and indigenous animals representing a large variety of species found throughout the world and in North America.

  • Southwicks Zoo

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    Mendon

    The Skyfari Sky Ride takes you over the Deer Forest, then up close to the Chimp Exhibit, onward as you “fly” over the Mandrills, soar over the Camels and Watusi... An amazing ride.... all you ...

  • Animal Adventures Education & Science Center

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    Bolton

    Animal Adventures offers hands-on exotic animal programs that are a fun, learning experience, no matter what birthday you are celebrating from 1-100. Meet the animals, hear interesting stories and ...

  • Smolak Farms

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    North Andover

    Visit the Smolak Farms, you will find animals such as Baby sheep, llamas, alpacas, golden pheasants, fallow deer, peafowl, goats, zebu cow, swans, rabbits, chickens and so much more!

  • ZooQuarium

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    West Yarmouth

    Get an up close look at the friendly animals in the farmyard and discover how they came to be such an important part of the human life. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking ...

  • Lupa Zoo

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    Ludlow

    Lupa Zoo is a conservation and education institution demonstrating the value, beauty and interdependence of all living things.

  • Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary

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    Norton

    A charming animal sanctuary caring long term for now over 200 abandoned and mistreated creatures that kids can watch and learn from.

  • Tougas Family Farm

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    Northborough

    Family farmyard fun at the Tougas Family Farm, with a barnyard, playground, and farm kitchen, as well as family friendly activities. Enjoying the simple pleasures of life.

  • Brooksby Farm

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    Peabody

    Plenty of friendly farm animals and a small playground for children under about 5 to enjoy before learning about fruit.

  • Ocean Explorium

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    New Bedford

    Educational marine resource with Living Exhibits and touch tanks, hands on learning in the Explorers' Zone, Discovery Bay with toys and activities, and a 3D planetary display.

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  • Kids Fun Stop

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    West Roxbury

    A colourfully fun indoor playground for those energetic and creative children 6 and under.

  • Inside Playground

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    Boston

    Fun indoor play in Boston with inflated bounce, fun play-cars, ball-pool, kid's gym, books, puzzles, Lego, dolls, dress up, computers....it's play time for kids 6 and under!

  • Jungle Jakes Play and Party

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    Pembroke

    Jungle Jake's is a fun and creative indoor play center for kids up aged from 1 to 12!

  • Kidz Wurld

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    North Attleboro

    Family friendly indoor kids play center with open play times for those under 8, toys, bouncers and birthday parties!

  • Imajine That

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    Lawrence

    An fun and interactive educational play space for kids with activities including a child sized grocery store, a HUGE dinosaur climbing structure, reading areas as well as an arts and crafts area. ...

  • The Great Escape Playcafe

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    Leominster

    A fun-filled and creative environment for kids under 8, with a lovely soft playground, exciting toys, art and crafts area, educational and family-oriented events, and a dedicated crawler area.

  • Hop On In

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    Leominster

    Bouncingly fun play for kids in Massachusetts featuring a multi level indoor treehouse, dual rider inflatable slides and a bounce house, as well as activities in science and crafts.

  • CheerFactor KIDS

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    Foxboro

    Cheerleading fun for kids 9 months to 5 years where they can play and learn gymnastics and creative movement.

  • Kidsports

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    Stoughton

    A fun and active play center with an inflatable play area, terrific multi-level adventure play structure, family friendly mini tenpin bowling and thrilling laser tag!

  • Kidville

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    Foxboro

    A fun family friendly indoor playspace for those creative and active kids up to 7 years of age.

  • Universal Kids

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    Northampton

    Multi level space themed adventure physical play plus dedicated toddler area and imagination role play zones.

  • Jam Time

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    Maynard

    Multi level indoor soft play, plus series of roleplay settings, ball pit, bouncy house, soft toys for infants and toddlers, kiddie gym equipment.

  • Mass Premier Courts

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    Foxboro

    Indoor play featuring mooonwalks, cars and tricycles, slides, mini roller coaster and toddler play area. Also offers many sports and activities.

  • Zoinks Fun Factory

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    North Oxford

    Offers a wealth of indoor play equipment and inflatables from big slides (must be over 42") to climbing mazes and more.

  • Pump and Jump

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    Kingston

    Offering inflatable bounce houses, obstacle courses and giant slides, plus tots' and juniors' areas away from main equipment with their own special stuff. Also has an arcade.

  • Pump and Jump

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    Taunton

    Offering inflatable bounce houses, obstacle courses and giant slides, plus tots' and juniors' areas away from main equipment with their own special stuff. Also has an arcade.

  • BB Kidz Klub

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    Westford

    Inflatables, adventure climbing structure, infant zone, Lego Station, indoor car track, air hockey, arcade and more besides!