Zoos in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Vermont Families who are raveling to New England will have no trouble finding an activity to make the kids go wild—just stop at one of the zoos in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, or Vermont! Zoos, and aquariums for that matter, never cease to amaze the young ones among us, and if the weather is right (or if you're at an indoor aquarium), then an afternoon amidst animals and marine life can be just what your vacation needs!
The good thing about adding zoos or aquariums to family travel itineraries is that you'll often find exhibits that interest the older children and parents as well. Many of the New England zoos and aquariums feature educational exhibits and museum-like features, and there are often parks or cafes integrated into landscape so you can take a break from the walking and gawking whenever you need it.
Zoos and Aquariums in New Hampshire It makes sense that a state whose motto is "Live Free of Die" wouldn't have the traditional animals-behind-bars sort of zoo. New Hampshire "zoos" are really more like farms, where the animals are able to roam around and "live free." You'll find a similar zoo concept in neighboring Vermont.
Zoos and aquariums in New Hampshire and Vermont are rather small (at least compared to Boston's zoos and aquariums which are not too far away), and extremely family friendly. Young children in particular will love the area petting zoos, which really enable children (and adults) to get up close and personal with some of their favorite furry friends.
New England Aquariums As mentioned before, of all the New England aquariums and zoos, the ones in Boston are the best. There are more species represented at the Franklin Park Zoo and the New England Aquarium than in any other zoo or aquarium in the area.
That's not to say that if you're out in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, or the Cape Cod area that you shouldn't take advantage of their fantastic zoo offerings. In fact, the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island offers visitors not just an entertaining afternoon filled with animals, but an interesting educational perspective as well. Also, similar to Boston's Franklin Park Zoo, this Providence zoo takes families "around the world" for a look at animals in their natural environments.
Major Tourist Attractions in the Region
Franklin Park Zoo - Boston, Massachusetts
Roger Williams Park Zoo - Providence, Rhode Island
New England Aquarium - Boston, Massachusetts
Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration - Connecticut
Buttonwood Park Zoo - New Bedford, Massachusetts
Capron Park Zoo - Attleboro, Massachusetts
Adams Farm - Wilmington, Vermont
ZooQuarium - West yarmouth, Massachusetts
Walter D. Stone Memorial Zoo - Boston, Massachusetts