Yesterday morning, I got an email from Groupon for daily deals and it had an offer from Animal Adventures over in Bolton, MA. We've never been, but have seen a few birthday party and school shows featuring their animals so we decided to take a ride over in the afternoon and check out their facility.
At first when you drive in, it looks a bit small and almost like someone's house (and, come to find out, it was the owner's home at one point until he turned it into the facility it is now). We were greeted at the front walkway by a friendly guy who got us all checked in and told us about where to find the various animals that they had at the center. But first, he was going to do a wildlife show where the kids could learn more about some of the animals as well as pet them and ask questions.
The live show was really quite interesting and featured a corn snake, skunk, ferret, chinchilla, bearded dragon and an alligator (with it's mouth securely taped!) We really enjoyed learning about the animals and about the Animal Adventures center (which is a rescue and rehab facility as well as a "zoo".) I had no idea just how many people actually adopt these "exotic pets" and then decide they are too much to care for or aren't interested in having them any longer. Evidently a lot of people just dump these creatures, leaving them to fend for themselves in an environment that is both dangerous and unnatural for the animal as well as surrounding humans. So luckily, that's where Animal Adventures steps in. Providing a caring and nurturing environment for these animals is their goal and it shows by how well cared for each of these animals is.
We spent the day there, walking in and out, around and about the entire facility about 15 times. My kids loved it! Seeing all of these animals up close and learning about them was a lot of fun and we already want to go back to visit!
If you are interested in visiting their website, click here.