Are you an animal lover? There are many opportunities for up-close interaction with New England's fauna. Here are some animal adventures you're sure to find memorable.
Colonial Hill Alpaca Farm in Petersham, Massachusetts, has a store where you'll find one-of-a-kind apparel and gifts made from alpaca fiber. For a truly memorable animal experience, though, families and couples can book B&B accommodations at the farm, and spend a day or two observing these gentle creatures and exploring this picturesque corner of Massachusetts.
Have you ever hugged a beluga whale, patted her on the tongue and tickled the roof of her mouth? I have. Really. You're probably wondering: "Kim, how on Earth did you wind up in a tank with a beluga whale and, more importantly, how can I do this, too?" I'll tell you, and share great photos from my beluga adventure.
If you own a dog or have ever loved a dog, put Stephen Huneck's Dog Chapel in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, at the top of your list of places to visit in New England. Take your dog along if you can. Whether or not you make your pup sit in a pew, his prayers will be answered when he discovers the nature trails, swimming ponds and other delights of the 400 scenic acres that surround the chapel on Dog Mountain.
Ever wondered what a lobsterman's day is like? Want to learn all about Maine's delicious and mysterious crustaceans? Are you dying to know how to tell a male from a female lobster? Then come along on this photo tour, or book your own spot aboard the Captain Jack Lobster Boat Adventure out of Rockland, Maine.
How close will you get to a penguin if you book a Penguin Encounter at Connecticut's Mystic Aquarium? Close enough that you might go home wearing a souvenir! So... leave your tux at home, but don't miss the chance to find out how penguins communicate, what webbed feet feel like and how you can make a difference for these always dressed to impress endangered birds.
Roger Williams Park Zoo's 40 acres are home to a diverse collection of nearly 1,000 animals representing more than 150 species. A "menagerie" was first introduced at the park in 1872, just one year after the property was bequeathed to the City of Providence by Betsy Williams in memory of her great-great-grandfather and Rhode Island founder, Roger Williams.