Next time you’re feeling cooped up and in need of an escape, disappearing into the beautiful landscapes of a wildlife sanctuary in Massachusetts is always a perfect choice. Hidden in the expansive Bristol Blake State Reservation, you’ll find Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, which is largely known for its gorgeous boardwalk system. You can wander for hours throughout this breathtaking wildlife preserve on miles of boardwalks that are accessible for everyone. When you’re looking to relax and get up close and personal with nature and wildlife in Massachusetts, head to Norfolk and find Mass Audubon’s Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary and take a hike down their beautiful boardwalks.

Have you ever wandered upon the boardwalks at Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary? What was it like? We’d love to hear about your experiences at this wildlife sanctuary in Massachusetts in the comments, and don’t forget to then go share photos from your Massachusetts outdoor adventures with us in our Massachusetts Nature Lovers group on Facebook, or by tagging us at #onlyinmassachusetts on Instagram for a chance to be featured!

If you’re interested in visiting another wildlife sanctuary in Massachusetts, read this article on Great Meadows Wildlife Sanctuary in Concord.

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Where can I visit an animal refuge in Massachusetts?

If you want to interact with exotic animals, head to Bolton and visit the Animal Adventure Family Zoo & Rescue Center. All the animals here are rescued and are being rehabilitated. The owners of this private zoo have a mission of providing a home for unwanted animals and educating visitors, allowing them to interact with the animals as well. At the zoo, you will see a ring-tailed lemur, Australian emu, Carpathian lynx, and more! Located in Mendon, Maple Farm Sanctuary rescues animals that have been neglected and/or abused. You’ll find all sorts of farm animals here from chickens and turkeys to cows, goats, sheep, and pigs.

Where can I find some beautiful outdoor places in Massachusetts?

The Bay State has some incredibly beautiful outdoor spots, both natural and manmade, to spend some time and they can be found everywhere!. In the warmer months, take in a concert at the Boston Hatch Shell, the premier place for open-air events in the city. A visit here will also treat you to city and water views. Cape Cod also provides some of the most beautiful spots in the state. For the most scenic, visit any of the beaches along the Cape Cod National Seashore.

What wildlife can be found in Massachusetts?

The Bay State has quite a diversity of wildlife, some of which you can view at a wildlife sanctuary while others can be viewed in your own backyard. Bats, black bears, squirrels, beavers, foxes, bobcats, coyotes, woodchucks, skunks, and turkeys are just a few wild animals you can find. There are also over 500 species of birds found throughout the state, so if you’re a birdwatcher, Massachusetts is a great place to be! 

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