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Great Brook Farm

What to Bring

All-terrain stroller
preferable
  Walking shoes
Water   Snacks
Plastic bag
for trash
  Hat (in summer)
Sunglasses
(in summer)
   
 

Specs

  Directions
 
From Boston, take Route 2 West
Near Concord, go straight at the lights
where Route 2 sharply turns left; follow
sign for Concord Center
At the next stop, turn left for Concord
In Concord, go straight through the first
rotary, then turn left in front of the Concord Inn and bear immediately right to follow sign for Carlisle
In Carlisle, turn left at rotary on Lowell
Street (sign for Chelmsford and sign for the State Park)
1.5 mi. after the rotary, look for large sign for Ice Cream and sign for Great Brook
Farm State Park on the right; turn right at the signs on North Road
in 0.3 mi, turn left on parking lot.
  Good to know in advance
 
Open year-round dawn to dusk

Restrooms in the new service building at far end of parking lot

Most trails accessible to strollers
Trail map available at the farm
Great Brook Farm State Park – Interpretive Dairy Farm, 984 Lowell Street P.O. Box 829, Carlisle MA 01741-1311, (978) 369-6312
  Etiquette
 
Pets on leash at all times – pick up after
your dog
Never scare farm and wild animals
Great Brook is an active farm with
cultivated fields – stay on designated trails and roads
 
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Difficulty: 1/5
  Time from Boston: 45 minutes
  Duration: A few hours
  Cost:

$2

  Main activity:

For Families

 
 
 
 
The traditional appeal of Great Brook Farm has been enhanced this year by significant landscaping of the visitors area, the addition of a new service building with a shaded seating area, and some redesigned trails. This reinforces Great Brook as one of the best places for both kids and grown-ups around Boston. And their ice creams taste very good…

Great Brook Farm consists of a dairy farm and an extensive network of trails across fields, woods and pasture. Traditional farm animals, mostly cows and sheep, can be seen in and around the buildings behind the parking lot, on the other side of the pond. There is also an ice cream stand, generally open from April-May through October.

You can call in advance to check the many educational tours that take place in summer months (see "Contact Information"). These tours include barn tours and guided walks to help your kids (and you, maybe) better understand how a farm operates.

A typical visit of the farm starts with checking the animals around the main red buildings beside the parking lot, a stop at the ice cream stand, and a short walk on one of the trails nearby. If your kids like walking and can walk for at least an hour, we recommend taking the Litchfield Loop. This one-hour loop takes you through a diversified landscape of woods and fields around the farm, and starts just round the farm buildings. Check the Litchfield Loop destination for a full description.

The extensive renovation work undertaken in 2003 has unfortunately come with a new $2 daily parking charge, whether you use the main lot at the farm or the trailer lot near Lowell Street. We never like to idea to pay to enjoy nature; considering the size of the park, however, this charge can still be considered reasonable. Compared to Drumlin Farm in Lincoln, the other famous farm around Boston, Great Brook Farm remains less expensive for a family, looks more like a traditional, operating farm, and has a far larger trail network; Drumlin Farm, on the other side, features more animals and provides better access to them. In both cases, kids will certainly enjoy their visit.