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Maudslay State Park - Theater in the OpenNewburyport, $$
Theater in the Open is an outdoor performance stage that transforms the magical tradition of storytelling into theater using puppetry, pageantry, music, movement, and acting.
Middlesex Fells ReservationStoneham, Free
2,000 acres of trails, rocks, ponds & fields. Hike up to the stone tower that overlooks the Boston basin. See coyote, red fox, and white tail deer. Enjoy frequent nature events for the whole family.
Roger Williams ParkRhode Island, $
The award-winning Roger Williams Park, designed by Horace Cleveland in 1878, attracts more than 2 million visitors per year. Enjoy a covered Victorian carousel, boating, botannical gardens, zoo and natural history...
Salem Willows ParkSalem, Free
Beautiful shaded seaside grounds, scenic ocean views, public pier, picnic areas, beaches, children's rides, activities and many eateries.
South Shore Natural Science CenterNorwell, $
The South Shore Natural Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the natural and cultural environments of the South Shore.
Trustees of Reservations PropertiesMassachusetts, Free
The Trustees of Reservations preserves, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.
Where to Fish in MassachusettsMassachusetts, Free
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) stocks rivers, lakes and ponds with trout for recreational fishing.
World's EndHingham, $
World's End comprises four coastal drumlins -- Pine Hill, Planter's Hill, and the double drumlins of World's End proper -- all connected by over four miles of walking paths that offer dramatic views of the Weir River,...
Acton ArboretumActon, Free
The Acton Arboretum, in the town’s center, consists of 64 acres of woods, meadows, swamp, ponds, old apple orchards, a glacial esker, and a bog.
Agassiz RocksManchester-by-the-Sea, Free
Ascend a small hill to where a massive granite monolith juts into the sky, then pass a swamp where another huge boulder has sat as silent witness for millennia. Big and Little Agassiz Rocks are dramatic examples of...
Amesbury Town ParkAmesbury, Free
The Amesbury Town Park, located between Friend and Highland Streets, is expansive and modern, offering a place for children of all ages to play.
Appalachian Mountain Club Outdoor ActivitiesNew England
The nation's oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization sponsors thousands of outdoor activities a year, many for families. AMC trips and facilities are a wonderful way to introduce your kids to the outdoors.
Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & ArboretumRhode Island, $
Blithewold, located in Bristol, RI, is 33 acres of lawns, gardens, specimen trees, and historic stone structures. Blithewold provides a wide array of educational programs for adults and children.
Blue Ocean Society for Marine ConservationNew Hampshire, Free
Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In the summer, they host a Marine Life Touch Tank in Portsmouth and the Sea Life Discovery Center in Salisbury Beach.
Boston Nature CenterMattapan, $$
This urban sanctuary, located on the grounds of the former Boston State Hospital, offers public programs year-round. Through its Boston Schools Initiative, the Boston Nature Center provides environmental education programs to Boston elementary schools weekly.
Callahan State ParkFramingham, Free
Callahan State Park is an 820-acre reserve area with 7 miles of marked trails for fishing, hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.
Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, $
Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge is a wildlife refuge on Chappaquiddick Island (Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts) owned and managed by The Trustees of Reservations. The refuge consists of 516 acres and includes the 1893 Cape Poge Lighthouse.
Cashman ParkNewburyport, Free
A waterfront park that has activities for everyone: a jungle gym, open fields, tennis and basketball courts, soccer and softball fields, and a public boat ramp!
Dillaway-Thomas House at Roxbury Heritage State ParkRoxbury
The Dillaway-Thomas House was built in 1750 and served as headquarters for General John Thomas and the Continental Army during the siege of Boston in 1775.
Dinosaur FootprintsWestern Mass, Free
Dinosaur footprints, fossilized plants, and delicate ripple marks of a prehistoric pool are preserved in stone at this reservation. Since at least 1860, ichnologists have acclaimed the Connecticut River Valley for its abundance dinosaur tracks.
Dr. Suess National Memorial Sculpture GardenWestern Mass, Free
The Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden is now open at the Quadrangle in Springfield, MA, the city where Theodor Seuss Geisel was born.
Endicott ParkDanvers, $
Offers a large playground, animal farm and nature hiking path. Picnic tables are available throughout the grounds. Bathrooms and drink machines can be found in the main building.
Francis William Bird ParkWalpole, Free
Over three miles of walking paths wind through the park, traversing streams via old granite bridges and passing through rolling, grassy meadows punctuated with mature shade trees, tree groves, and ponds.
Franklin ParkBoston, Free
Franklin Park is home to Boston's largest forest. It boasts an 18-hole public golf course, tennis courts, baseball fields, old stone ruins, and New England's largest Zoo.
Franklin Park PlaysteadDorchester, Free
Playing fields next to the rear entrance to the Franklin Park Zoo. Near the corner of Seaver Street and Elm Hill Ave. Enter the park by the main road from Blue Hill Avenue or the Arborway and turn on Pierpont Road across from the golf course.
Great Falls Discovery CenterCentral Mass, Free
Great Falls Discovery Center is an educational visitor center about the Connecticut River Watershed's rich natural, cultural and industrial history. Exhibits highlight various habitats found in the watershed. Timelines put perspective on today's view of the threats to...
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge2 Locations, Free
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is located just 20 miles west of Boston. Roughly 85 percent of the refuge's 3,600 acres is comprised of valuable freshwater wetlands stretching along 12 miles of the Concord and Sudbury Rivers. There is an easy walking loop less...
Green Briar Nature Center & Jam KitchenSandwich, $
On the shores of Smiling Pool and next to the famous Briar Patch of Thornton Burgess’s stories, Green Briar offers interpreted nature trails and a spectacular wild flower garden. Look for year-round natural history programs for children and adults that include story times,...
Habitat Education Center & Wildlife SanctuaryBelmont, $
Just 6 miles from downtown Boston, Habitat is an 88-acre Mass. Audubon urban oasis devoted to environmental education. Over 2.5 miles of gentle trails wind through deciduous and evergreen forests, across meadows, around 2 ponds, and along a wetland containing a vernal pool.
Halibut Point State ParkRockport
Halibut Point is made of sheets of 440 million year-old granite that now descend from rocky headland to the tidal pools below.
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