WORCESTER – Looking for a family day trip geared toward children 10 and under? The Ecotarium in Worcester is a fun and educational museum that combines science and nature in both indoor and outdoor settings.
It’s just under an hour’s drive and is close to numerous restaurants for those who want to explore the city.
Masks are required and signs remind visitors to stay six feet apart. Sanitizer is located throughout the museum and employees frequently wipe down exhibits after guests touch them.
Inside there is an exhibit on the science of amusement park rides. Visitors can play amusement games while learning about momentum and force. A Ferris wheel and roller coaster made from K’nex mesmerizes visitors and a game of air-hockey style bumper cars brings out the competitor in participants.
The Ecotarium takes guests on a safari with an exhibit on animals of Africa and has a display of sea animals.
There’s plenty to do for the preschool set inside and out, including a natural play area with climbing ropes and playscape that are currently open.
Outside, animals including red fox, bald eagles, big cats and even black chickens with green feathers can be viewed from several feet away.
There are scenic paths and trails to explore as well as a pond that serves as the habitat for otters, birds and other creatures.
The digital planetarium and outdoor train are currently closed to to COVID-19, along with some of the exhibits with manipulative.
The Ecotarium, 222 Harrington Way, is open weekends and tickets for timed entry must be purchased online. Discounts are available at checkout.
Free admission is offered Aug. 22-23 for first responders, teachers, military/veterans, essential workers and their families. Visit Ecotarium.org for information and tickets.