Animal Adventures

Family Zoo & Rescue Center

Welcome To Animal Adventures!

Animal Adventures is New England's largest, privately owned animal rescue center of its kind. We have been operating out of Bolton, MA since 1997. We started as an exotic animal rescue center and expanded into a family operated small zoo. Unlike the big zoos, we are not super fancy but do what we must to provide an enriched life for the animals. We take in hundreds of unwanted or unable to be cared for animals each year. Some, we are able to re-home and others will live here for the rest of their lives. We are open to the public for visiting, tours, classes and events. We also travel to do educational programs at schools, libraries, colleges and more. We are a USDA licensed zoo and State recognized educational facility and rescue center. We follow strict care guidelines set forth by our Founder Dr. Ed Laquidara Ph. D. and the USDA and each animals needs are met on a daily basis. Because we are not AZA all of our funding comes directly from you through programs, visits and donations. We have chosen to refrain from being a 501(c)3 organization because we feel we are able to provide a better life for the animals by remaining a small, family run business. All donations received go towards new and updated exhibits and enclosures for the animals. So on behalf of the animals, Thank You for your generous donations and continued support! Please take a moment to browse our website and see what we have to offer. We are always available to answer any questions or concerns.

Hours Of Operation
We are open to the public, Rain or Shine

Daily Live Animal Shows @ 11:00, 1:00, 3:00

Included with general admission.  Zookeepers bring out several furry and slithery rescue friends for you to interact with and get to know.


OPEN 10-5 Presidents Day Feb 19th

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We are located
336 Sugar Rd. 
Bolton, Ma 01740

336 sugar rd bolton, ma 01740

We can be reached at:

Phone:   978-779-8988


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Calling All Animal Adventure's Friends!

Animal Adventures has been educating families for 20 years in Massachusetts, and we love it here. Our own family resides here and the Rescue Center employs over 25 people in the summer, provides numerous opportunities for special needs volunteers, youth internships, adaptive program visitation and grade school education for multiple districts.

Our business is at risk, right now, because of a new bill introduced to the State Senate.

Bill S.490 would greatly impact the educational resources that Animal Adventures provides, as well as dramatically affect the vital funds needed to support a rescue center with a daily operational cost of over $2000.

A detail of the proposed Bill S.490 can be found here -

More details will follow, but we ask that you reach out to your local representative to let them know that you love Animal Adventures and that you oppose Bill S.490. Your voice can make a difference and is an appreciated way to “donate” to the Rescue Center.

You can find our petition to have this bill stopped here:

And you can find your legislator and their contact information here:

What's New at Animal Adventures? 

Zookeeper For A Day!

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at being a real life animal rescue center Zookeeper? Well, here's your chance. For a limited time only Animal Adventures is offering a 5 hour excursion as a zookeeper. For just $125 you can take part in the day to day operations of a family run zoo.  You will learn everything there is to know about Cleaning, Diet and Meal Planning, Enrichment, and Vet Tech Care. 

Open to all ages from young to old(conditions apply) this opportunity will not last for long. So grab some boots, and an old pair of jeans and lets get to work.

For more information please call the Animal Adventures office to purchase this for you or a loved one. 

Zookeeper For A Day is by appointment only, by calling the office to purchase and schedule. Some restrictions apply please inquire with our Office Manager for details. 

February Winter Break!  February 16-25, 2018!

No school, no problem at Animal Adventures! We've got your week long activities right here. Join us for February vacation week and experience the wild like never before. We will be doing different themed animal shows all day everyday at 11, 12, 1, 2 and 3 o'clock each day during vacation week. We will also be doing Zookeeper for a Day once again! first come, first serve, you can experience what it's like to work at a zoo, learn animal care and enrichment!

Be sure to call ahead to reserve Private and Extreme Tours times, after hours tours will be available as well. Don't fear the cold, we have 6,000 sqft of indoor, heated space where we house about 80% of our animals!