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Parks & Recreation in Massachusetts

The great outdoors await during your next Massachusetts vacation. From camping, hiking, and biking in the spring, to white water rafting, whale watching, and hitting the beach in summer.  In the fall, all the parks are filled with brilliant foliage; and picking apples becomes a favorite pastime. Of course, winter brings skiing and snow activities galore, perfect for the whole family. Spanning 38 miles along the piers around Boston Harbor, head to Harborwalk on a sunny day for walking and hiking trails, parks, public art, seating areas, cafes, historic landmarks, water taxi stations, beach access to boating docks, picnic spots, and live music in the summer. Canobie Lake Park draws people to Salem offering rollercoasters and other thrill rides to enjoy. Over in Concord, Walden Pond is perfect for aquatic adventures in Massachusetts. Over in Phillipston, Red Apple Farm is a local favorite for apple picking, as they feature over 50 varieties of apples from one tree trunk. For wintertime fun, check out Western Massachusetts’ Butternut Ski Area and Jiminy Peak, while visitors and residents of Boston can flock to the Bradford Ski Area or the Blue Hills Ski Area. Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford features 17 ski trails and a tube park.

Get Set For Thrills At Canobie Lake Park

Located just off Interstate 90 and on the shores of Canobie Lake, Canobie Lake Park, which opened in 1902, is just 30 miles from Boston yet feels like it’s in a different world.

There’s a ton do to here! Canobie Lake is home to the Yankee Cannonball, a wooden roller coaster first opened in 1936 and which continues to thrill visitors. There are three other coasters here, including one just for kids plus Untamed, which has three heart-stopping inversions. Thrill rides include the Xtreme Frisbee and Starblaster, while there are dozens of family rides – hop on the teacups or ride the Canobie Express train. Hot out? The water park has splashy boat rides and a water coaster. Year-round you’ll find live performances and fireworks shows.

Walden Pond State Reservation

Make plans to visit Massachusetts and head for Concord, home of the popular Walden Pond. Somewhat famously, Walden Pond's northern shore was the home of writer Henry David Thoreau from 1845-1847 – his experiences were converted into a book titled, "Walden; or, Life in the Woods." The publishing of that book seemingly placed Walden on the figurative map.

With a surface area of 61 acres, Walden Pond is a popular summer destination for aquatic adventures in MA – locals from nearby Waltham and Chelmsford make frequent trips. A visit to the Concord Museum yields access to some select furnishings from the cabin where Thoreau lived. You can visit the Thoreau cabin replica on your visit to Walden Pond.