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Rose Kennedy GreenwayBoston, Free
The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway encompasses gardens, plazas, and tree-lined promenades. Offering beautiful places for relaxation within the rhythm of the urban environment, the Greenway is a key feature of the...
Arnold ArboretumJamaica Plain, Free
The Arnold Arboretum is one of the area's truly great places to get away during the spring, summer and fall. The two-mile-long main walking trail is paved and allows for leisurely stroller walks. Plant, flower and...
Blue Hills State ReservationMilton, Free
With its scenic views, varied terrain and 125 miles of trails, the Blue Hills Reservation offers year-round enjoyment for the outdoor enthusiast. Great trails for any level.
Boston Harbor Islands National Park AreaBoston
The Boston Harbor Islands offer countless opportunities for visitors to tour historical sites, observe wildlife, and participate in recreational activities.
Breakheart ReservationSaugus, Free
Breakheart Reservation is a 640-acre hardwood forest with an extensive trail system, year-round ranger programs, and summer fishing and swimming.
Cochituate State ParkNatick
A popular day park featuring water based activities including boating, swimming, windsurfing, and fishing on its three large lakes.
Garden In The Woods: New England Wild Flower SocietyFramingham, $$
This ever-changing living museum — New England's premier wildflower garden — has more than 1600 kinds of plants, and beautiful walking trails.
Massachusetts DCR State ParksMassachusetts, $
Start discovering all the beauty and adventure of DCR's Parks today. From hiking & camping to kayaking and fishing - you are sure to find something for everyone.
Purgatory Chasm State ReservationSutton, Free
This unique natural landmark, Purgatory Chasm is different than any other state park around. Instead of just walking through the woods, it's about climbing rocks big and small. Lots of free parking. Grills and picnic...
Stage Fort Park BeachesGloucester, $$
The Park consists of Half Moon and Cressy's beaches. Half Moon is a lovely small beach ideal for families with children. Cressy's Beach is a rocky, more natural beach.
The Charles River EsplanadeBoston, Free
One beautiful area of Boston is the 17-mile stretch of land along the banks of the Charles River. To many people, this area is known as the Esplanade, especially near the Hatch Shell.
Walden Pond State ParkConcord, Free
Henry David Thoreau lived for two years at Walden Pond in the mid-nineteenth century and wrote of his experiences in the well-known book Walden. The area offers swimming, hiking, fishing, boating for car-top boats and...
Appleton FarmsIpswich, Free
Wander among crop fields and livestock pastures, wetlands and forest, at America’s oldest, continuously operating farm. Family and dog friendly, easy hiking and cross-country skiing in a beautiful location.
Blue Hills Trailside MuseumMilton, $
The Blue Hills Trailside Museum is the interpretive center for the 7,000-acre Blue Hills Reservation and is managed by the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
Boston CommonBoston, $
Boston Common is Boston, Massachusetts' most famous public park and the oldest city park in the United States, dating as far back as 1634. It includes 50 acres of open park space with sports fields, a spray fountain &...
Boston Public GardenBoston, Free
The Boston Public Garden is the oldest public park in the country, with swan-boat rides in the park's lake, beautiful winding paths and gardens. Lots of benches to sit and relax.
Bradley Palmer State Park & Wading PoolTopsfield, $
The Bradley Palmer State Park Wading Pool is a large, shallow, pleasant place for little ones to get wet. There are lifeguards, bathrooms, a small climbing structure, and lots of shady lounging areas.
Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center & Wildlife SanctuaryWorcester, $
Spend a summer afternoon canoeing at Green Hill Park. Canoes, paddles and basic instruction provided. Swim skills required. Under 18 requires accompanying adult.
Castle Hill on the Crane EstateIpswich, $$
Castle Hill exemplifies the American Country Place Era with its farm and estate buildings, designed grounds and gardens, and diverse natural areas.
Charles River ParklandsMassachusetts, Free
The “ribbon of green and blue” of the Charles River parklands defines the center of Boston's metropolitan area, giving residents and visitors alike an enduring sense of place and a refuge for recreation, contemplation,...
Christopher Columbus Waterfront ParkBoston, Free
The Columbus Waterfront Park has a great playground, free views of the waterfront, a pretty rose garden, and plenty of room for kids to run around and burn off
Community Recreation Spots In MassachusettsBoston
Rediscover the incredible public resources that are available all around Massachusetts, including facilities for canoeing, swimming, camping, hiking, walking and bike riding at Massachusetts Parks, and much more...
Duxbury Beach ParkDuxbury
Two beaches in one as the beach is sort of a thin pennisula with a parking lot in the middle: Outer Beach offers a great spot for sun-bathing, walking and swimming. At Inner Beach you'll discover...
3-story museum and park dedicated to learning about our natural world. Animal exhibits, hands-on exhibits, special programs, train ride & planetarium.
Elm Bank at Mass Horticultural SocietyWellesley, $
Mass Hort’s 36-acre hands-on horticulture center offers adults and children the opportunity to experience, enjoy and learn about plants and the environment. Perfect for walking, running, hiking, playing, picnicking,...
Emerald Necklace, Charles River & Boston HarborBoston
Emerald Necklace, The Charles River, and the Boston Harbor Islands - three of Boston's recreational gems! Discover these great parks and all they have to offer.
Fruitlands MuseumHarvard, $$
One of the first outdoor museums in America, at Fruitlands visitors discover the stories, experiments and ideals of the Alcotts, Shakers, utopians, artists and Native peoples. Fruitlands four galleries, singular...
Fruitlands Museum Walking TrailsHarvard, Free
Take a morning stroll over the land of Fruitlands Museum. Enjoy a peaceful walk through Fruitlands' varied landscapes on 3.2 miles of well-marked walking trails.
Great Brook Farm State ParkCarlisle, Free
The park is open year round from sunrise to sunset and is available to the public free of charge. The ice cream stand, and daily barn tours are available throug
Horn PondWoburn, Free
Horn Pond is a great area to visit for nature, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, sunset watching, birdwatching, dog walking, a place to take the kids, hill climbing or just relaxing. There is a large network of walking...
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