See and learn about animals from all over the world and those native to the New England area at these kid favorite petting farms, zoos & aquariums near Boston. From bottle feeding baby animals to giving giraffes a snack, use our interactive map to find animal encounter experiences near you!

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Looking for more nature fun for your animal-loving kid? Check out our list of the best nature centers for kids around Boston.


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