New England's Best Animal Adventures

Unforgettable Experiences for Animal Lovers

Beluga Whale High Five
••• © 2004 Kim Knox Beckius

Are you an animal lover? There are many opportunities for up-close interaction with New England's fauna at zoos, aquariums, farms and other wild attractions. Here are 12 animal adventures you're sure to find memorable.

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    There's only one place in Maine where you're guaranteed to see a moose: the Maine Wildlife Park. This haven for native animals that can't survive in the wild even offers a special Photographer's Pass that allows behind-the-fence access for taking pictures of moose, bobcats, rescued baby animals and more.

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    Beluga Whale High Five
    ••• Responding to a signal, Kela the beluga pops up to give a beluga encounter participant a high five. © Bruce Beckius

    Have you ever hugged a beluga whale, patted her on the tongue and tickled the roof of her mouth? You can. Really. Mystic Aquarium's Beluga Encounter Program offers unforgettable interaction with these fascinating sea mammals. You won't be the same person you were before you climbed into the tank.

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    Meet a Budweiser Clydesdale Up Close
    ••• Once each month, visitors can see a Clydesdale horse up close in Merrimack, New Hampshire. © 2006 Kim Knox Beckius

    The Budweiser Clydesdales are the beverage industry's most famous mascots, and you can meet these gorgeous horses by visiting the Clydesdale Hamlet at the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Merrimack, New Hampshire, any day year-round. Once each month, on Camera Day, you can even meet a Clydesdale up close and take photos.

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    Wolf Hollow
    ••• Visitors to Wolf Hollow in Ipswich, Massachusetts, get a unique chance to observe and learn about wild wolves. © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius

    Maybe wolves are just... misunderstood. That's the message you'll take to heart when you visit Wolf Hollow in Ipswich, Massachusetts, to howl with the pack and learn about how wolves aren't so different from us.

     

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    Lobster Boat Tours in Maine
    ••• Set out with a real Maine lobsterman to haul traps. © 2006 Kim Knox Beckius

    Book a spot aboard the Captain Jack Lobster Boat Adventure out of Rockland, Maine, and you'll get to see what a lobsterman's day is like and learn all kinds of quirky facts about Maine's most delicious and mysterious catch.

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    Penguin Encounter Adventure in CT
    ••• © 2012 Kim Knox Beckius

    How close will you get to a penguin if you book a Penguin Encounter at Connecticut's Mystic Aquarium? Close enough that you might go home wearing a souvenir! So... leave your tux at home, but don't miss the chance to find out how penguins communicate, what webbed feet feel like and how you can make a difference for these always dressed to impress endangered birds.

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    Action Wildlife
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    Embark on a drive-through safari at Action Wildlife, an animal attraction in Goshen, Connecticut, that also features a petting zoo, museum and fascinating collection of live exotic animals including some on the verge of extinction.
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    Dog Chapel Vermont
    ••• © 2004 Kim Knox Beckius

    If you have ever loved a dog, you will feel so deeply moved when you make a pilgrimage to artist Stephen Huneck's Dog Chapel in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Dogs are invited, too! Your pup's prayers will be answered when he discovers the nature trails, swimming ponds and other delights of the picturesque property that surrounds the chapel on Dog Mountain.

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    You don't have to go to Peru to hike with llamas... this adventure awaits in Massachusetts. Not only are llamas bright, agile, ideal hiking buddies, they'll carry all of your gear.

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    Moose Alley
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    They don't call the stretch of Route 3 that runs from Pittsburg, New Hampshire, to the Canadian border "Moose Alley" for nothing. If you're visiting New England and you want to see moose, this scenic road is one of your best bets.

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    Roger Williams Park Zoo
    ••• Feeding the giraffes is one of the newest things to do at New England's oldest zoo. © 2016 Kim Knox Beckius

    A "menagerie" was first introduced at this Providence, Rhode Island, park in 1872, and today, Roger Williams Park Zoo is home to some of New England's newest animal adventures like feeding the giraffes and walking among the kangaroos.

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    Yellow Turkey at Gozzi's Turkey Farm
    ••• Neon turkeys are a peculiar New England phenomenon each holiday season. © 2010 Kim Knox Beckius

    For more than 50 years, travelers have been flocking to Gozzi's Turkey Farm in Guilford, Connecticut, in November and December. Wouldn't you like to see turkeys that have dazzlingly taken on DayGlo shades?

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