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Parks and Nature

Hopkinton State Park
Hopkinton, MA

The park's 1500 acres feature trails, paddling, and picnicking.

Longfellow National Historic Site
Cambridge, MA

This house was witness to many significant events. It was here that George Washington took command of the Continental Army during the American Revolut... Read More

Lowell National Historical Park
Lowell, MA

The Boott Cotton Mills Museum with its operating weave room of 88 power looms, mill girl boardinghouses, the Suffolk Mill Turbine Exhibit and guided t... Read More

Kenneth Dubuque Memorial State Forest
Hawley, MA

The forest is open sunrise to sunset year-round. Access is free. Interior roads are in poor condition. The area has 35 miles of hiking trails.

Lake Dennison Recreation Area
Winchendon, MA

This park is known for its pleasant swim beach and camping. Massachusetts residents can enter the park for a greatly reduced fee.

Boston African American National Historic Site
Boston, MA

This site is comprised of the largest area of pre-Civil War black owned structures in the U.S. It has roughly two dozen sites on the north face of ... Read More

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
Boston, MA

Accessible only by boat or ferry, Boston Harbor Islands national park area includes 34 islands situated within the Greater Boston shoreline. The islan... Read More

Lake Wyola State Park
Shutesbury, MA

Pets are only allowed on the beach from September 30 - April 16.

Boston National Historical Park
Boston, MA

Boston National Historical Park tells the story of the events that led to the American Revolution and the Navy that kept the nation strong. Many of th... Read More

Lawrence Heritage State Park
Lawrence, MA

Learn about the industrial heritage of Lawrence at this park. Stroll the Esplanade along the Merrimack River.

Lowell Heritage State Park
Lowell, MA

This historic site shows the canals and mills that powered Lowell's industrial past. The 2-mile waterfront path is also available for strolling.

Minute Man National Historical Park
Lincoln, MA

At Minute Man National Historical Park, the Battles of Lexington and Concord are brought to life through the preservation, restoration and interpretat... Read More

Lowell-Dracut-Tyngsboro State Forest
Lowell, MA

The forest has six miles of trails offering hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

Stony Brook Reservation
Boston, MA

Open year-round, dawn to dusk.

Lynn Heritage State Park
Lynn, MA

This waterfront park recognizes the industrial city of Lynn while providing strolling grounds. Pets are welcome on the grounds but are not permitte... Read More

Mary O'Malley State Park
Chelsea, MA

This park has a popular walking trail along the Mystic River with views of Boston and the Tobin Bridge.

Maudslay State Park
Newburyport, MA

An exquisite place for walking, biking, horseback riding and informal picnics. This historic site has 19th century gardens and plantings.... Read More

Middlesex Fells Reservation
Stoneham, MA

At Middlesex Fells, you can hike, bike, fish, or let your dog run free in the off-leash area. It has over 100 miles of trails.

Monroe State Forest
Florida, MA

Monroe State Forest is located in the northern Berkshires of western Massachusetts. It has many hiking trails with scenic views of waterfalls and more... Read More

Mount Holyoke Range State Park
Amherst, MA

Over 30 miles of marked trails provide a variety of outdoor experiences including hiking, walking, viewing vistas, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling,... Read More

Mount Sugarloaf State Reservation
South Deerfield, MA

The reservation is located in the northern southern Ct river valley. It has stunning views of the valley. Massachusetts residents can enter the park a... Read More

Nashua River Rail Trail
Ayer, MA

The Nashua River Rail Trail is a former railroad right of way that travels 11 miles through the towns of Ayer, Groton, Pepperell and Dunstable. The tr... Read More

Quinsigamond State Park
Worcester, MA

This riverfront day-use park offers a swimming beach and other recreational activities. Dogs are permitted on the beach off-season. ... Read More

Rehoboth State Forest
Rehoboth, MA

Located at the corner of Peck and Francis Streets, Rehoboth State Forest is a quiet 138 acre tract of land offering opportunities for walking, hunting... Read More

Robinson State Park
Feeding Hills, MA

Approximately 20 miles of trails in the park are shared by walkers, hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Many of them offer scenic views o... Read More

Rutland State Park
Rutland, MA

Rutland State Park is a 300 acre recreation area with developed facilities for fresh water swimming, picnicking and boating.

Coggshall Park
Fitchburg, MA

Coggshall Park, a gorgeous city park situated on 200 acres, has several hiking trails for your enjoyment.

Skinner State Park
Hadley, MA

The scenic views are the park’s centerpiece. There are over 40 miles of marked trails, including an 11-mile segment of the Metacomet-Monadnock Tr... Read More

South Cape Beach State Park
Mashpee, MA

This day-use park allows Massachusetts residents to park for a greatly reduced fee. Pets are only allowed on the beach in the off season.

Stodder's Neck State Park
Hingham, MA

Pets must be on leash in parking areas but may be allowed off leash on trails if under voice control.

Massasoit State Park
East Taunton, MA

Just off Interstate Route 495, this park is a densely wooded haven offering several recreational and scenic viewing opportunities. Hiking, horseback r... Read More

Wahconah Falls State Park
Dalton, MA

Stop at this small park to picnic and enjoy views of the Waconah Falls Brook which ends up cascading over a 40 foot height.

Watson Pond State Park
Taunton, MA

The day-use park has a sandy swimming beach. State residents can use the park for a greatly reduced fee.

Otter River State Forest
Baldwinville, MA

Otter River State Forest, home to wild flowers, deer, catbirds, warblers, and more is a popular destination for both camping and day use. Beautiful... Read More

Webb Memorial State Park
North Weymouth, MA

Recreational activities include fishing, picnicking, and walking.

Wells State Park
Sturbridge, MA

A popular 1,400 acre woodland area, Wells State Park’s principal recreational activities include hiking and camping. There are also opportunities... Read More

Mount Greylock State Reservation
Lanesborough, MA

Standing at 3,491 feet, Mount Greylock is Massachusetts’ highest point. Established in 1898 as Massachusetts’ first wilderness state park, a vi... Read More

Western Gateway Heritage State Park
North Adams, MA

This history park sits on the site of a former rail yard. Exhibits tell about the creation of the Hoosac Tunnel.

Halibut Point State Park
Rockport, MA

Halibut Point’s coastal seascape is dominated by the sheets of granite that formed here nearly history 440 million years ago.

Whitehall State Park
Hopkinton, MA

This park consists almost entirely of water: the 592 acre Whitehall Reservoir was once used as a source of drinking water. The area offers boating,... Read More

Pearl Hill State Park
West Townsend, MA

Open seasonally from Memorial Day through Labor Day, this 1,000 acre park offers miles of hiking trails, a day use area, and a five acre pond. Brea... Read More

Salisbury Beach State Reservation
Salisbury, MA

This ocean park encompasses 521 acres and is an ideal location for bird watching and hiking. Massachusettes residents can park for a greatly reduced f... Read More

F. Gilbert Hills State Forest
Foxborough, MA

F. Gilbert Hills, an impressive 1,027 acre pine and oak forest, boasts 23 miles of multi-use trails. Hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, pic... Read More

Myles Standish State Forest
Carver, MA

Myles Standish State Forest offers five camping areas, 16 ponds, 15 miles of bike trails, 13 miles of hiking trails, and 35 miles of equestrian tr... Read More

Nickerson State Park
Brewster, MA

Nickerson State Park, an impressive 1900 acres in size, is home to over 300 “kettle ponds”. These unique bodies of water were formed 10,000 years ... Read More

Pilgrim Memorial State Park
Plymouth, MA

Pilgrim Memorial State Park, visited by nearly one million people a year, offers scenic views of Plymouth Harbor. Visit Plymouth Rock and The Mayflowe... Read More

Shawme-Crowell State Forest
Sandwich, MA

A favorite destination for horseback riders, Shawme-Crowell State Forest has more than 15 miles of trails. Picnic and barbecue areas, as well as on si... Read More

Scusset Beach State Reservation
Buzzards Bay, MA

Located on the east end of the Cape Cod Canal, Scusset Beach State Reservation is a popular spot for watching boats and ships passing through the cana... Read More

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