Did you know there is a place in Central Massachusetts where you could possibly pat a Bearded Dragon, a Ferret, Chinchilla, and an American Alligator? How about a Blue Tongue Stink Lizard, a South Florida King Snake or a Red Tail Boa Constrictor? All these animals and more (kangaroo, porcupine, fox, skunk and a bob cat to name a few more) can be found in a place called Animal Adventures located in the central part of Massachusetts in the town of Bolton.
Animal Adventures is a USDA licensed zoo and State recognized educational facility and rescue center. They take in many unwanted or unable to be cared for animals. Some of these animals may be rehomed or live there for the rest of their lives. Animal Adventures is open to the public for visiting, tours, classes and events. They also travel to do educational programs at schools, libraries, colleges and more. I have seen them at various local kid festivals as well as a recent visit to my son’s school for an in-house field trip.
What to know before you go
Wear Boots – snow boots, rain boots – the ground is mostly dirt and not paved between each building. Every time we’ve gone, it’s been muddy from either rain or snow, so either throw a pair in the car or just have your kids wear them!
Animal Show – After paying your admission, check when the next live show is to meet and touch many of the animals mentioned above. It’s one of the best parts in my opinion. My favorite is patting the chinchilla – so soft!
Ask a Question – There are always many workers around, if you have a question or concern about an animal, they encourage everyone to ask. We got to see a porcupine walk out of its cage in front of us as well as pat a lizard in the reptile room because they asked.
Play Space – When you’re done visiting animals, let the kids run around outside in the play space, pat a baby goat or bunny.
Food – They sell bottled water and various chips for snacks, but if you want more, bring it with you. They discourage eating during the live animal show for sanitation reasons (eating after petting animals), however when your out in the play space, they do have a couple of small picnic tables for kids.
Animal Adventures directions and more information can be found at their website.
If you are looking for something fun to do with your children over one of the school breaks, this is super fun way to spend a few hours. Before hitting the highway to go home, be sure to plan a stop at Colonial Candies which is located just minutes away for chocolate or an ice cream!