You might not believe it, but Massachusetts is a wonderful place to have an animal adventure. Say hello to the kangaroos at Southwick’s Zoo, the gorillas at the Franklin Park Zoo, and the penguins at the New England Aquarium. If you’re looking to check some more birds off your list, the Berkshires is one of the best bird watching locations in the country. Then there’s horseback riding, with ranches for riding and learning all over the state. If your kids like to get up close and personal with the animals, the petting zoos at destinations like Smolak Farms and Lookout Farm are for them.

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