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Baby goats and calves lounge on straw in a petting zoo while wolves and black bears frolic just yards away. It's not a radical experiment in natural selection, though; it's just part of the varied attractions at Charmingfare Farm. After taking in the entire zoo?from pigs to camels?guests can avail themselves of such diversions as trail rides atop one of the farm's friendly horses. Horse-drawn hayrides and sleigh ride socials culminate in a stop at a roaring bonfire where guests can cook all the hotdogs and 'smores they've captured in the wild.

774 High St
Candia,
NH
US

One of the largest conservation organizations in New England, Mass Audubon cares for 34,000 acres of natural land in a network of more than 50 wildlife sanctuaries across the state. Its members receive free admission to these pacific preserves, where, alongside more than 150 endangered or threatened native species, they can breathe in Mother Nature’s perfume or have a good cry on her mossy bosom. During bird-migration season, alert gazes can capture some 300 species of sky surfer at Allens Pond on the South Coast, and visitors to Lincoln’s Drumlin Farm can re-enact Charlotte's Web with a motley band of sheep, cows, goats, and pigs.

1 Plum Island Tpke
Newburyport,
MA
US

Established: 2001

Reservations/Appointments: Optional

Staff Size: 25?50 people

Brands Used: Zoo Med, Dogtra, Exo Terra, Goldenfeast, Repashy, Orijen

Pro Tip: Widest selection of exotic animals in New England

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Reptiles

Recommended Age Group: All Ages

Q&A with Zoo Creatures

What special training do you or your staff have?

We specialize in top quality products and expert advice. Many customers have come to us frustrated by past experiences with other pet stores and animal dealers. Our staff is extremely passionate about animals and their care in captivity. We want our customers to be successful with their pets and we make it our mission to promote appreciation for all animals (even the "creepy crawly" ones) by providing a safe, fun experience for both animal lovers and those who don't yet realize how amazing these creatures are.

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Our animals have appeared with Steve, Terri and Bindi Irwin (crocodile hunter), Jeff Corwin, Conan O'Brien, Tony Danza, Kathi Lee Gifford, Fox and Friends, The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet, Animal Planet, Six Flags New England, New England Aquarium, Franklin Park Zoo and more.

149 Plaistow Rd
Plaistow,
NH
US

The 4-year-old lion Mufasa roams his cage, purring between bites of raw meat, as his sister, Tawana, roars behind him. Mufasa, dubbed ?Maine?s Little Lion King? by DEW Animal Kingdom and Sanctuary?s caretakers Bob and Julie Miner, may be the nonprofit sanctuary?s most visible inhabitant, but he?s far from its only attraction. Across 42 acres of land, the roars and deep purrs of big cats mix with the quacks of ducks and the snorts of pigs. Owners tend to gibbons, spider monkeys, and lemurs as they swing from trees inside a primate enclosure. Meanwhile, orphaned and injured native-Maine animals such as owls are sequestered for rehabilitation before being released back into the wild or signed for exclusive Tootsie Pops endorsements.

918 Pond Rd
Mount Vernon,
ME
US

At Salem Wax Museum, visitors come face-to-face with some of the area's most iconic figures, including author Nathaniel Hawthorne, ruthless witch-trials judge Colonel John Hathorne, and accused witch Tituba, who sparked the city's witch hysteria in the late 17th century. But even outside the museum's doors, guests find themselves surrounded by eerie evidence of the past. Behind the building sits the final resting place of other Salem figures at Burying Point, supposedly the second oldest burial ground in the US. Right next to it, the Witch Trials Memorial commemorates the period of time where accused witchcraft ran rampant.

Throughout the year, the museum transforms the entire scene with themed seasonal attractions. In October, for instance, it sets up terrifying exhibits such as Frankenstein's Castle and houses that pass out toothbrushes instead of candy on Halloween.

288 Derby St
Salem,
MA
US

Thanks to Zoo New England, little patches of wilderness from Africa, South America, Australia, and other parts of the world now dot Massachusetts. The non-profit organization operates both Franklin Park Zoo and Stone Zoo, each full of exotic creatures and their habitats. These microcosms represent an ideal world, one where endangered species thrive and fragile ecosystems last for generations to come.

At Franklin Park Zoo, tigers display their exotic stripes in the Tiger Tales exhibit where guests are educated on the perils these animals face in their natural habitats. Elsewhere, thousands of plants as well as mandrills, ocelots, and a pygmy hippopotamus turn the zoo into a tropical rainforest.

Stone Zoo, meanwhile, places simulations of the world's highlands next to Spot Pond. One area focuses on the Sierra Madre mountain range, which spans Mexico and the Southwestern U.S. The elevated habitat counts jaguars, coyotes, Gila monsters, and cougars among its denizens.

A portion of every admission goes to the organization's conservation efforts, which supports projects both locally and globally. For would-be zookeepers, Zoo New England hosts various adult and kids' educational programs, and lets volunteers help in the care of zoo plants and animals.

149 Pond St
Stoneham,
MA
US