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South End Middlesex Fells Codman Farm Eastern Point Lighthouse Misery Islands
  Great Brook Farm

A very nice place to see farm animals and take a walk across woods and pasture

Cost: $2
Duration: A few
hours
Codman Farm

Cows and sheep for the kids, a farmer's market for mom and dad… Where else to start your weekend under the sun?

Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours
  Eastern Point Lighthouse

Take a leisure walk along the shore and to a great lighthouse at the entrance of Gloucester's busy harbor.

Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours
Misery Islands

Two small rugged islands with great beaches and fewer visitors than the Boston Harbor Islands. No house, no power, no water . . . castaway atmosphere guaranteed!

Cost: $7 per person
Duration: Half-day/full day
       
Charles River Myles Standish State Forest The Minuteman Bikeway from Artlington to Lexington Bradley Palmer State Park
  Canoe on the Charles River
Park you car, walk for 50 yards, rent your canoe, and off on the river. A great downtown adventure that will startle adults and kids alike.
Cost: $10/hour
Duration: a few
hours
Myles Standish State Forest

You may think you are camping in the Western United States:This State Park campground sits in one of most beautiful forests in Massachusetts and features a small lake. During the day, explore the miles of trails that crisscross the forest.

Cost: $10 per night
Duration: Weekend
  Minuteman Bikeway
One of the few places in the country where you can ride for an hour and barely see a car or a red light. A great experience for riders of all levels.
Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours/half day
Bradley Palmer State Park

A wading pool for the kids and trails to explore the outdoors. What else to wish to spend a great afternoon?

Cost: Free
Duration: Half
day/full day
       
Coolidge Reservation South End Middlesex Fells Wompatuck State Park
Drumlin Farm
  Harbor Islands
The best kept secret of the US National Parks – enjoy a castaway experience 30 minutes from downtown Boston . . . by boat!
Cost: $10 adults
$7 children 4-12
Duration: Half-day/full day
South End Middlesex Fells

Where else could you walk across woods, boulder and ponds . . . 20 minutes from downtown Boston?

Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours
  Camping in Wompatuck State Park

How much closer to Boston can you get? The best place for a quick getaway in the great outdoors!

Cost: $10 per night
Duration: Weekend
Drumlin Farm

When was the last time you brought your kids to a real farm? Drumlin farm is a great place to reconnect with rural life and see children books' animals including cows and pigs

Cost: $6 adults;
$4 children 3–12
and seniors
Duration: A few
hours/half day
 

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