Sanctuaries and refuges offer family activities, classes, trails, butterfly and bird gardens, and educational centers.
680 Hudson Road, Sudbury 01776
280 Eliot Street, Natick 01760
Nine miles of trails through woodlands, meadows, and wetlands invite you to experience nature. Changing seasons and a variety of wildlife means there’s always something new to see. Visit our energy-efficient nature center and accessible boardwalk.
208 South Great Road, Lincoln 01773
Experience life on a working farm and explore a wildlife sanctuary at the same time. Visit our farm animals, walk our nature trails, see how crops are sustainably grown, and observe resident native wildlife.
108 North Street, Norfolk 02056
With an extensive boardwalk system through forest, fields, and wetlands, Stony Brook offers up-close views of wildlife above and under the water. Enjoy Nature Play Area, two miles of trails, and butterfly and bird garden.
690 Linden Street, Boylston 01505
Clinton Street, Hopkinton 01748
Recreation - Fall Walking Trail
Recreation - BAA Start
Recreation - Bowditch
Community Spotlight - Hudson
Sitting on the bank of the Assabet River, on the western edge of Middlesex County, Hudson has come to embody the quintessential “new New England town.” While maintaining its charming, traditional essence, the town’s revamped downtown area has injected an air of trendiness and excitement to go along with its serene natural beauty.
Previously a village of Marlborough, Hudson was incorporated as its own town in 1866. Taking full advantage of its location along the Assabet River, the town quickly became a thriving factory town and home to 17 different shoe factories, even becoming known as “Shoe Town.” The availability of work opportunities made it an ideal place for immigrants to come to work and raise a family, and the land was settled by newcomers of predominantly Irish and Portuguese descent.
With an influx of younger residents, Hudson has become a trendier, contemporary town, and its culinary offerings reflect this demographic shift. For those who enjoy a local craft brew, there’s Medusa Brewing Company and Ground Effect Brewing Company, which pair perfectly with a variety of artisanal cheeses from downtown’s Mullahy’s cheese shop. For the even younger crowd, Hudson offers many ways to pass the time, including Cellucci Skate and Splash Park and Roller Kingdom. For those looking to liven up their personal style or home décor, Hudson’s downtown is home to several clothing and home goods boutiques with offerings from both local and international artisans. Although these local shops and boutiques add to the charm of Hudson, it is still home to many of the big-box stores that simply make life a little more convenient.