Places to Explore in Greater Boston

Not sure where to start exploring? Try visiting one of our wildlife sanctuaries in Greater Boston. At 8 sanctuaries with nature centers, friendly and incredibly knowledgeable staff members and volunteers will be happy to help you make the most of your visit!

Nature Centers & Trails

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Blue Hills Trailside Museum

Location: Milton
Trails: 125 miles via Blue Hills Reservation

The interpretive center for the state-owned Blue Hills Reservation, this sanctuary features a natural history museum, outdoor wildlife exhibits, and is home to the Snowy Owl Project. Details >

Boston Nature Center

Boston Nature Center

Location: Mattapan
Trails: 2 miles

An urban sanctuary with trails and boardwalks that traverse meadows and wetlands; home to over 150 species of birds, 40 species of butterflies, and more than 350 species of plants. Details >

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Natick
Trails: 9 miles

Easy-to-rugged, well-groomed trails weave through the shade of mature woodlands into open fields and along the edges of vibrant streams, ponds, marshland, and Charles River. Details >

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Lincoln
Trails: 4 miles

A working farm and wildlife sanctuary with pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and cows; sustainably-grown crops; trails; and resident owls, foxes, and a fisher. Details > 

Habitat Education Center

Arboretum in July © Sandy Vorce, Mass Audubon
Arboretum in July © Sandy Vorce, Mass Audubon

Habitat Education Center

Location: Belmont
Trails: 2.5 miles

Just six miles from downtown Boston, find gentle trails that start at a Georgian-style mansion and wind through forests, across meadows, and around ponds and formal gardens. Details >

Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Sharon
Trails: 20 miles

Mass Audubon’s oldest and largest wildlife sanctuary, encompassing forests, fields, and wetlands with diverse hiking trails and a red maple swamp boardwalk. Details >

Museum of American Bird Art

Young artist painting “en plein air” © Sean Kent
© Sean Kent

Museum of American Bird Art

Location: Canton
Trails: 2 miles

This 121-acre wildlife sanctuary features a professional art museum with a permanent collection as well as rotating exhibitions of nature-inspired art by internationally recognized artists. Details >

Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Norfolk
Trails: 2 miles

With an extensive boardwalk that goes through forest, fields, and wetlands, here you can get up-close views of wildlife above and under the water. Details >

Just Trails

Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary

 
 

Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Hopkinton
Trails: 1 mile

With its forest that opens up to a secluded pond, Waseeka offers the opportunity to observe woodland birds and waterbirds, wildflowers, and a fire-enhanced forest. Details >