Whether your kids live in or around Boston or you are traveling to Massachusetts, its worth taking a drive out to Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary.
The farm is both a working farm and a home to injured animals who cannot survive out in the wild.
Located 30 minutes from downtown Boston by car, the Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary is a lot of fun and a great opportunity to teach your kids about sustainable farming.
The Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary spans 206 acres and has over 4 miles of trails. Still, the main exhibits are grouped close enough together that your kids will easily be able to walk most of it. For smaller kids, bring along a stroller and expect some off-roading and muddy terrain especially in Spring and Fall. Also before you hit the trails, check to see which are suitable for strollers.
Families can check out a number of animals at the farm from cows and sheep to deer and a fox. The wild animals have all arrived at Drumlin Farm due to injury or human imprint and unfortunately cannot be returned to the wild. The Wildlife Sanctuary provides a good look into New England’s native wildlife for kids of all ages.
There are a few really cool aspects of the farm that we enjoyed. Beyond the animals, the farm actually grows food and teaches kids the importance of sustainable farming and eating local. Will really got a kick out of the storyboard that showed the different route some tomatoes take to get from farm to table.
NATURE PLAY AREA
One of my favourite spots was the Nature Play Area which featured logs to jump on and a large sensory tree. Once you’ve tried out the tree, don’t miss the forest discovery trail which has animal tracks, a huge birds nest, tunnels and a maze.
When your kids tire of running around, grab a few dollars and take a hayride for only $1 per person with kids under 2 riding for free. The rides give you a good look at the property and kids love being pulled around by a real tractor.
Will is 6 and he immediately noticed all the green features of the farm. The garbage bins feature solar powered compactors and on some of the buildings you can see solar panels. There is also a beautiful solar powered sculpture at Drumlin Farm that looks like birds in flight.
As I mom I always like to check out the bathrooms when reviewing farms or outdoor attractions and can tell you the bathrooms at Drumlin Farm are beyond impressive. They are clean, new and actually quite attractive. They also feature water saving toilets.
Drumlin farm is a quick 30 minute drive from Boston. Your kids will delight in seeing the animals play, testing their strength against a horses and talking to the volunteers onsite about the rescued wildlife.
This review is based on a complimentary visit to Mass Audubon’s Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary. I received no other compensation and these opinions are entirely my own.
Drumlin Farm is a 232-acre magnet for Boston-area families with young children. It’s the headquarters of the Massachusetts Audubon Society as well as a “demonstration farm,” which means that the exhibits are built around what you might find on a typical New England farm: kitchen gardens, flower gardens, meadows, ponds, and, of course, lots of animals, including cows, pigs, horses, birds, and forest creatures.
Excellent kid-oriented demonstrations, discussions, and walks by teacher/naturalist guides are given daily.
NOTE: Picnicking is allowed in designated areas only; no dogs allowed. Special programming includes in-season sleigh rides and hayrides for $1 per person and maple sugaring from mid-February through March.