Visiting Drumlin Farm

Hayride at Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

A visit to Drumlin Farm can be exciting and adventurous, or relaxing and peaceful—maybe even all in one day! You'll find plenty to do on your visit, from drop-in activities to our native wildlife and trails. All activities are included with admission, which is free for Mass Audubon members, unless otherwise noted.

Animal Barns

Sheep, goats, chickens, pigs, cows, and our pony greet you in our animal barns throughout the farmyard. Enjoy the lambs and kid goats frolicking in the spring or find the animals basking in the sun in the middle of winter. Watch our farmers do chores in the late afternoon, they are always happy to answer questions for visitors. For the safety of our animals as well as your safety, please do not feed the animals–leave that to our farmers!

Native Wildlife Exhibits

When you visit Drumlin Farm, you have an opportunity to see many of our native wildlife in three different exhibits. Drumlin Farm provides a long-term home for these rehabilitated injured or human-habituated wildlife, who would not be able to survive in the wild on their own.

Bird Hill

Walking along the trail on Bird Hill you can encounter most of the raptors that live in Massachusetts. Depending on the season, hawks, falcons, owls, and vultures look back at you from their enclosures.

Near the birds of prey, you will have the chance to observe a group of ground-dwelling chicken-like birds, ring-necked pheasants. A mammal guest to Bird hill is our fisher. She is residing in the furthest of the enclosures on Bird Hill, close to the Farm Life Center.

A fawn lying in the leaves

New England Wildlife Explorations

Our newest wildlife exhibit highlights the native animals that thrive where the forest meets the field. Located in the area where Drumlin Underground has stood for more than fifty years, this larger landscape features our red fox and other wildlife that occupy the edge habitat that dominates the farm. The fox has room to roam, and a “fox-cam” allows visitors to peek at his nocturnal activity. There is also a child-sized den, where visitors will be able to experience the feeling of sheltering underground while getting an up-close look into the fox habitat.

This new exhibit was made possible through our Landscapes for Learning campaign. Learn more about how you can help us reach our goals.

Deer Pen

On your way to Boyce Field or along the Beeline Trail make sure to stop at one of the observation platforms around the deer pen. Three white-tail deer reside in this enclosure. Make sure to scan the areas around the pond in the enclosure, the deer favor this area for their rest, and several species of wild birds visit the pond. 

The Learning Garden

Stop by our farmyard garden and check out what’s growing in all the different beds, enjoy the smells of mint, basil, oregano, sage, and more, and see how the compost bins turn garden waste into nutritious compost that we add back into the soil. The Learning Garden is at its best during the late spring, summer, and fall months when program participants and campers help us plant, maintain, and harvest.

Discover Drumlin Activities

Join our teacher naturalists on the farm for drop-in activities to learn more about the nature of Massachusetts. Discover Drumlin activities take place at 10:00 am and 11:30 am on weekdays from mid-April to the end of October, and at 10:00 am, 11:30 am, and 2:30 pm on weekends year-round. Check the schedule board just past admissions or on the farmyard when you arrive.

Hayrides

Hop onboard for a good old-fashioned hayride around the farmyard. Cost: Adults (13+)  $2, children 2-12 $1, under 2 free, cash only.

Starting April vacation week through Thanksgiving weekend, hayrides depart from the Red Barn, weather permitting, every 15 minutes. 

  • Tuesday-Friday, hayrides run from 10:00 am to 12:45 pm.
  • Saturday and Sunday, hayrides run from 10:00 am to 12:15 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:45 pm. 

Hiking Trails

Stroll along our vegetable and hay fields, amble through the woods, or hike to the top of the drumlin, one of the highest points in the greater Boston area on four miles of trails. The view from the top of our drumlin offers a glimpse of both Mt. Monadnock and Mt. Wachusett on a clear day.

Farmstand

The farmstand offers a variety of Drumlin Farm's products based on seasonal availability, including fresh vegetables, maple syrup, eggs, meat, goat’s milk soap, yarn, and fleece.

The Audubon Shop 

Check out the Audubon Shop for a wide selection of products to explain, identify, and celebrate the wonders of nature, including scopes and binoculars, bird houses and feeders, books, gifts, toys, and more. Finish your visit with an ice cream treat from the freezer during warm weather months!

Seasonal Programs

If you are looking for a more in-depth exploration of the Drumlin Farm fields, farmyard, and habitats, register for one of our education programs. Led by our teacher naturalists, our education programs give children, teens, adults, and families a unique look at agricultural, environmental, and natural history topics at the sanctuary. Browse the program catalog to find the perfect program for you.