Field Trip Feature: Ecotarium
Welcome to the Ecotarium!
Being a nanny, I survive on field trips…can you imagine being stuck in a house with 3 BOYS all summer?! Just take my word for it. No bueno. Our summers are normally jam packed with trips to the lake, library, and playground. On days where I decide to shake things up a little bit, we’ll explore museums and theme parks. The Ecotarium in Worcester, Mass and the Providence Childrens Museum are my absolute FAVES. They are truly fun for all ages (even adults!).
- Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
- Sunday 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
The EcoTarium is closed on Mondays, and on New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
- General admission includes museum and grounds. Parking is free.
- EcoTarium Members: Free
- Adults: $18.00
- Children/Youth: $14.00, ages 2-18*; Children under 2 are admitted free
- Senior Citizens: $14.00, age 65 and older
- College Students: $14.00, student ID required
- Military: Active military personnel and military spouses receive 2 for 1 admission. Valid for up to 2 free admissions with purchase of same or lesser value. Military ID required.
- EBT Cards: Present your EBT card and photo ID for a discounted $2 per person cash admission. Discount applies for up to four people per card, per visit during regular business hours and cannot be combined with other offers or used for special events. The admission fee must be paid in cash. Credit card or check transactions cannot be processed for this program. This program is sponsored in part by Greater Worcester Community Foundation.
*Under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more with advance reservations.
Add-Ons and Events
- Alden Digital Planetarium: A National Geographic Theater $5.00/$4.00 EcoTarium Members, Children under 2 Free
- Explorer Express Train (seasonal) $3.00/$2.00 EcoTarium Members, Children under 2 Free
The EcoTarium offers special events throughout the year, including an annual Earth Day Celebration, and Great Pumpkin Fest. Admission for these programs may vary, and some require advance reservations.
- The EcoTarium is close to many major highway routes. Parking is always free.
- The museum is located at 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, Massachusetts 01604
Alright. Now, I originally planned on giving you descriptions of each exhibit. That was before I realized how many exhibits there were. O. M. G. Instead, I’ll give you a list (don’t want to bore you guys to death!). Each item will link to the Ecotarium’s description on their website.
- African Communities
- City Science: The Science You Live
- Curator’s Workshop
- Did Dinosaurs Poop?
- Fresh Water
- Keva: Build It Up!
- Preschool Discovery Area
- The Arctic Next Door: Mount Washington
- Secrets of the Forest
- Turtle Travels
- Water Planet
- Nature Explore Outdoor Exhibit
- Nature Trails
- Explorer Express Train
- Siegfried the Stegosaurus
- Tree Canopy Walkway
Yup! You read that right! On top of everything else they have to offer, the Ecotarium features animal exhibits as well.
- Wood Turtles
- Western Harvester Ant colonies
- Red-Fronted Macaw
- Corn/Milk Hybrid Snake
- Eastern Box Turtle
- Guinea Pigs
- Giant Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches
- Assorted native tidal pool invertabrates and fish
- Blanding’s Turtles
- Eastern Spiny Softshell Turtle
- Spotted Turtle
- Musk Turtle
- Bull Frog
- Tree Frogs
- Striped Skunks
- North American Porcupine
- Red-tailed Hawk
- Flying Squirrels
- River Otters
- Bald Eagles
- Barred Owls
- Red Fox
Interested yet? I figured. The Ecotarium truly has something for everyone! For those of you who’ve visited, what was your favorite exhibit? Mine will forever be “Did Dinosaurs Poop?”. Yes, that’s a real exhibit. I’ll never forget their faces when I explained the exhibit to my nanny-kids!