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“Educational family fun” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Lloyd Center for the Environment

Lloyd Center for the Environment
Ranked #4 of 7 things to do in Dartmouth
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MA, USA
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Educational family fun”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

We have brought our young children (6 and 2yo) to the Lloyd Center many times throughout their lives and it never gets old. The hiking trails offer transitions from deciduous forest to a rocky coast. The indoor terrariums and aquariums have a nice variety of local plants and animals, along with educational information to encourage learning. There are huge binoculars on the top floor to look out at osprey nests and other wildlife across the marsh. And the staff are extremely helpful and encourage questions from kids. One of the best kid bday parties I've ever attended was here: they brought the kids (4-6yo) to the shore with nets to capture shrimp and crabs and snails, all the while teaching the kids about the wildlife they were observing and touching, and then brought it all back to their large "touch tank" so that every child could watch and interact with the wildlife even more. I'm certain the adults had as much fun as the kids! The staff also provide butterfly catching tours and many other educational and fun outdoor activities for field trips, depending on the season.

Visited April 2014
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Holliston, MA
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137 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Beautiful location for outdoor activities - kids & adults!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2014

This is a beautiful area - 82 acres overlooking Buzzard's Bay. You can visit for free - many hiking trails. They also have canoe's & kayaks (not sure if those are free). They also have many scheduled programs for kids which have a minimal cost as well as programs they run with local schools and kids groups. I visited with a group of my friends and we had a guided canoe trip visiting the nesting osprey, seeing a family ducks and many other birds. We picnic'd on the beach and then returned to the center. Our guide (Erica) was fantastic - she even squeezed a little horseshoe crab lesson with a few kids we passed on the beach (so fun to watch them). It was very reasonably priced ($25 per person for non-members) - especially since you could have visited and hiked for free! It was a fun, relaxing morning (yes - even canoeing can be relaxing). I will definitely return and take advantage of those hiking trails.

Visited June 2014
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New England
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99 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“Fun and educational...spend the whole day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

Set within 82 acres of beautiful woods and waterfront property, the Lloyd Center overlooks Buzzards Bay and the Slocum River. There are walking paths/nature trails, fun and educational exhibits in the main building, a touch tank, and friendly staff dotted about to answer questions and point out interesting aspects within the grounds.

I visited the Center with a student group, and the kids loved it! They visited several "stations," and touched/explored in the water, gathered sea creatures, learned about cloud formations, wind speed, water temperature, pollution, peat bogs, and more. These kids were having fun and were FULLY ENGAGED in learning the entire time!

Last point: EVERYTHING IS FREE! Unbelievable that they can offer all that they do, at no charge to the public. We will certainly be back!

Visited October 2013
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