During our recent trip to New Hampshire, nine-year-old Bria and I made the trek to tiny Bolton, Massachusetts in search of adventure.
We found Animal Adventures Family Zoo & Rescue Center, a facility that is home to roughly 400 animals. According to their website, they rescue and re-home between 500 and 1,000 animals each year, so there is quite a lot happening in this little collection of buildings at the curve in the road.
This facility is home to a variety of rescued animals on every place in the spectrum, so it isn’t your standard zoo. Be sure to set those expectations aside prior to visiting, because if you are expecting a zoo, you may be disappointed!
What it is, though, is extremely accessible. The staff is knowledgeable and very friendly, and went out of their way to make sure our questions were answered. We spent a couple of hours exploring, and had the opportunity to help the staff prep the food for the animals, feed some goats, and pet a variety of new friends.
The animals have homes as diverse as they are, with many specially designed to meet the preferences of animals that are accustomed to living in captivity.
Animal Adventures has daily live animal shows at 11, 1, and 3, so we planned our trip to be sure we were there for one.
Included with general admission, the shows are touted as a time when zookeepers bring out several furry and scaly friends for you to interact with and get to know.
The day we were there was a cold day, the sort where people have to go around constantly and make sure water dishes aren’t frozen over, so there weren’t a lot of other people braving the elements to be there. As a result, we were offered a private tour in place of the animal show.
To say she had fun would definitely be an understatement. This girl is in her element with animals, so having the opportunity to check them out up close and personal and have someone telling her facts about each animal? She was in heaven!
Bria’s favorite was the African Serval, a slender wildcat with long legs, large ears, and a brownish orange coat spotted with black. She loved this kitty so much, she did a live video on our Facebook page about it.
Admission and special programs at Animal Adventures helps to support their rescue program, and a variety of experiences are available, including exotic animal encounters and tours, and an annual membership.
In addition to the animal exhibits, there is also a playground and a variety of animal-themed exhibits, like this one teaching about the leap of red kangaroos.
We loved this little rescue center, and will definitely plan to return on a future visit to the area.
To learn more about Animal Adventures, visit their website. You can also see photos from Animal Adventures by checking out their hashtag on social media – #waycoolerthanazoo