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Stargazing at Harvard Bike - or hike - at Whitney & Thayer Woods The Litchfield Loop South Reservoir at Middlesex Fells
 
  Stargazing at Harvard
Climb on the roof of Harvard's Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, and spend an unforgettable evening exploring the universe
Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours
Bike - or hike - at Whitney & Thayer Woods

Whether on bike or on foot, ten miles of trails are awaiting you in a little-known reservation near Hingham

Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours
  The Litchfield Loop

A great place to walk through open fields and get a glimpse of an operating farm

Cost: $2
Duration: A few
hours
South Reservoir at Middlesex Fells

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

Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours/half day
         
  The Mount Auburn Cemetery Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Case Estates
 
The Acorn Trail

A surprisingly challenging trail in a preserved area, mixing fields and woodlands for a good workout in the great outdoors

Cost: $2
Duration: A few
hours
  The Mount Auburn Cemetery

It is America’s first garden cemetery, dating back to 1831, and an outstanding place for a walk among exotic tree species, lakes and ponds

Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours
Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

One of the most spectacular ways to come close to wildlife while enjoying a great walk

Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours
Case Estates

Sit on the grass, watch birds, listen to nature's sound, dream, feel relaxed

Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours
         
  Codman Farm Eastern Point Lighthouse Walking at Bradley Palmer State Park Nahant
 
  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: $1 per person
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
  Walking at Bradley Palmer State Park

This is one of the few places in Massachusetts when you can walk across open fields and sit on the grass to soak up sun. Ready to go?

Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours/half day
Nahant - East Point

Sit on a bench with the ocean on three sides and rocky cliffs below your feet

Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours
         
  Drumlin Farm Minuteman Bikeway Great Brool Farm The Minuteman Trail
 
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
 

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
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
  The Minuteman Trail
Walk in the footsteps of the Patriots (the real ones) on a truly outstanding trail. A great place to enjoy nature and bring kids.
Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours
         
         
  The Harborwalk at The Kennedy Museum South nd Middlesex Fells Hale Reservation A Walk in the Habitat Sanctuary
 
  The Harborwalk at the Kennedy Museum
Where else can you walk on a beach while watching the sun setting on a great skyline?
Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours
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
Hale Reservation

This is Boston's best kept secret for hiking. Miles of trails without the crowds!

Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours
A Walk in the Habitat Sanctuary

A relaxing walk in an oasis of green!

Cost: $4 per person
Duration: A few
hours
         
  The Lincoln Walk Relaxing at the Pierce House in Lincoln Horseback riding in Blue Hills Canoe on the Charles River
 
The Lincoln Walk

A great walk around farming land and even a vineyard!

Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours
  Relaxing at the Pierce House in Lincoln
A quiet park in a preserved environment to get away from the city
Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours
Horseback riding in Blue Hills

Offer a horseback ride to your kids, and go explore the Blue Hills Reservation!

Cost: $30
Duration: A few
hours
  Canoe on the Charles

Explore one of the most scenic sections of urban river in the country! No reservation or experience is required, and free parking is available

Cost: $14/hour
Duration: A few
hours
 
  Paddling Around Thomson Island Explore the coastline at Halibut Point Reservation    
 
  Paddling Around Thomson Island

A nice paddling adventure around one of the lesser known of Boston Harbor National Park's islands

Cost: $65 (kayak
rental)
Duration: A few
hours
Explore the coastline at Halibut Point Reservation

Halibut Point is a low rocky coastal shelf, perfect for exploring tidal pools with the family

Cost: Free
Duration: A few
hours
   
 

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