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Relaxing at Case Estates Meadows

What to Bring

Folding chair   Hat
Sunglasses   Sunscreen
Insect repellant   Binoculars
Windbreaker   Water
Snacks   Plastic trash bag
A good book    
 

Specs

  Directions
 
From Boston, take I-90 west
Take exit 15 and drive straight until your
reach an intersection at the end of ramp
and turn right
At the traffic light, turn left on route 30 west
At the second traffic light on route 30, turn right on Wellesley Street
Entrance is on the left (small sign) 1 mile
down the road
Parking lot is in front of the barn on the right
  Good to know in advance
 
Open 10-6 year round

No restrooms

  Etiquette
 
Pets on leash
Carry out your trash
 
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Relaxing at Case Estates Meadows
 
 

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Overall rating: Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating Four-Star Rating
Difficulty: 1/5
  Time from Boston: 30 mins.
  Duration: A few hours
  Cost:

Free

  Main activity:

Relaxing

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

There are few open spaces in Massachusetts, and Case Estates is one of them. A small arboretum close to Boston owned and operated by Harvard University, this property features several meadows, as well as woods and some wetlands. The arboretum has kept a somewhat wild aspect that makes it a great destination for an afternoon of inactivity or moderate walking. Another key advantage of this property is the solitude you will find: our staff has gone there three times and never met anybody.

From the parking lot, you can walk up the meadow right in front of you and find a spot in the sun or under shade trees. Alternatively, you can walk down behind the barn and follow the path that turns right. There are two other open fields down the path a few yards away.

In the mood for a short walk? Follow that path into the woods. Several trails branch out, but if you continue straight you will arrive after 10 minutes in the back of an open, landscaped cemetery in Weston. Retrace your steps for a few yards and take the trail on your left. You will walk behind a parking lot and find a larger trail that brings you back to Case Estates’ meadows. Walk up the hill on your left towards the small house ruins, continue along the woods edge, and take the first trail on your left. Walk in the forest until you reach an intersection down the hill. Take the trail on the right and follow it until you reach a small clearing with a bench amid rhododendrons. Walk through the gate in the large wall at the far end of the clearing, and turn right behind the wall (the field is a private property). After re-entering the woods for a few yards, you will again emerge in the meadows on the other side of the property’s headquarters. Walk straight in the field until you reach the parking lot.