Zoos, Aquariums & Animal Parks in New England

New England is home to a handful of excellent zoos and aquariums dedicated to the preservation, appreciation, and rehabilitation of wildlife. Visitors of all ages can view, and possibly interact with, animals and fish from all around the world. Many zoos and aquariums also offer food; experiences like train rides, zip lines, shows or petting zoos; and after-hours or adults-only events.

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Cheetah Love at Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, RI - New England Zoos, Aquariums & Animal Parks
Elephant Habitat - Roger Williams Park Zoo - Providence, RI
Roger Williams Park Zoo

1000 Elmwood Avenue Providence, RI, 02907 Phone: 401-785-3510

Interesting animals from around the globe call this interactive, engaging zoo home

From armadillos to zebras, the Roger Williams Park Zoo & Carousel Village is home to over 100 rare and fascinating species from around the world. Seek out the secretive snow leopard, go on a safari to the Fabric of Africa, with cheetahs, red river hogs, giraffes, and elephants (you may see them swimming in a waterhole). Spot the shy endangered red wolf and watch bison graze in the North America exhibit. Interact with birds in the Faces of the Rainforest free-flight aviary. The zoo also hosts an outdoor water play space, exciting zip ride and a train excursion. Check the website for special events and exhibits, from animatronic dinosaurs to “Brew at the Zoo” and Food Truck Fridays.
Alpaca Summer - America's Stonehenge - Salem, NH
America's Stonehenge

105 Haverhill Road Salem, NH, 03079 Phone: 603-893-8300

Who built America’s Stonehenge? Try to solve the mystery with a visit to this intriguing attraction

Ponder the mystery of ancient civilizations at America’s Stonehenge, an outdoor history museum of stone structures and astronomical alignments built more than 4,000 years ago. But who built this maze of manmade chambers, walls and ceremonial meeting places that still is an accurate astronomical calendar? Was it an ancient American civilization or a migrant European population? No one knows, but it’s a great puzzle to try to solve as you take a self-guided audio tour. The half-mile trail is over uneven rocky terrain and takes about an hour. There’s an 11-minute introductory video on the website. There’s also snowshoeing on the site and: seven friendly alpacas! For a special outing, consider visiting during the summer or winter solstice.
Touch Aquarium Save The Bay Narragansett Bay Rhode Island
Save The Bay

Multiple Centers & Dock Locations Providence, Newport, Westerly, RI and Fall River, MA Phone: 401-272-3540

Year-round aquarium and interactive marine science center lets visitors get up close to bay critters

Hold a sea star, pet a shark, marvel at jellies, and more at Save The Bay's Exploration Center and Aquarium in Newport, R.I. With dozens of exhibits featuring creatures collected from (and ultimately returned to) Narragansett Bay, this year-round center is always introducing new specimens—plus, their three touch tanks offer endless opportunities to come face-to-face with the wonders beneath the waves of local waters. Expert staff are always available to answer questions, engage visitors, and share fun facts about Rhode Island's unique marine habitats.
Boat tours depart from Newport, Westerly, and Providence RI.
Two Tigers - York's Wild Kingdom - York, ME
York's Wild Kingdom

Route 1 - Animal Park Road York, ME, 03909 Phone: 207-363-4911

New England's Only Zoo AND Amusement Park

Bring your children to York’s Wild Kingdom and enjoy a day with our animals! Visit our Zoo and see dozens of exotic animals, including Lions, a Bengal Tiger, Gibbons, and Ring Tail Lemurs. Here at the zoo, you can feed deer, goats, and ducks all by hand. Walk through and feed a flock of parakeets and view a verity of butterflies in our butterfly aviary. Pony and camel rides are available for an additional fee. Ride the rides and enjoy some fair favorites in our Amusement Park! Take a spin on a carousel or play a round on our mini golf course. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch or feast from our snack bars on ice cream, fried dough, hamburgers and more.
York’s Zoo will be open daily from 10am-5pm till -9/24/23 Our Amusement Park is open daily (weather permitting) from 11:30am-5pm till 9/4/23. Then only on weekends till 9/17/23.
White Rhinoceros - Southwick’s Zoo - Mendon, MA
Southwick’s Zoo

2 Southwick Street Mendon, MA, 01756 Phone: 800-258-9182

A fun-filled day for everyone with exciting rides and over 850 animals

With animals to visit, rides to take, goats to pet, and deer to feed: It’s a full day of family fun at Southwick’s Zoo. With more than 850 animals, explore New England’s Largest Zoo! Visit the petting zoo with pygmy goats, walk through the 35-acre Deer Forest where you can feed fallow deer, and visit the EARTH Discovery Center where you can meet animal ambassadors and watch live presentations. Soar above the African Plains and Deer Forest in the Skyfari Sky Ride or take the Woodland Express Train through the North American Exhibit to get a closer look at elk and trumpeter swans. Work your way through the Rainforest Adventure Maze and zip through the air on the Soaring Eagle Zip Line. Your next adventure begins at Southwick’s Zoo!