Outdoor Activities

From apple-picking to mazes, zoos, paintball, skateboarding, and more.

Animal Adventures

Animal Adventures

336 Sugar Road, Bolton 01740

978-779-8988  

Belkin Family Lookout Farm

Belkin Family Lookout Farm

89 South Pleasant Street South, Natick 01760

508-653-0653  

Pick your own fruit from our 60,000 fruit trees. Ride the train to the Children’s Play Area, visit with our farm animals, climb in the tree house, jump in the moon bounce, and enjoy many other fun activities on 180 exquisite acres.  Open May–October.

Boston Paintball

Boston Paintball

120 Pond Street, Ashland 01721

508-879-6621  

Butterfly Aviary

Butterfly Aviary

703 Washington Street, Holliston 01746

Cellucci Skate & Splash Park

Cellucci Skate & Splash Park

37 South Street, Hudson 01749

Playground, splash pad, sculpted in-ground skate park, bocce court, gazebo pavilion and picnic areas.

Davis’ Family Farm Adventures

Davis’ Family Farm Adventures

145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling 01564

978-422-8888  

Friends of Southborough Recreation

Friends of Southborough Recreation

21 Highland Street, Southborough 01772

 

Golf on the Village Green

Golf on the Village Green

315 Worcester Road, Natick 01760

508-653-4671  

Hanson’s Farm

Hanson’s Farm

20 Nixon Road, Framingham 01701

508-877-3058  

Hockomock Area YMCA / Bernon Family Branch

Hockomock Area YMCA / Bernon Family Branch

45 Forge Hill Road, Franklin 02038 

508-528-8708 

Mendon Twin Drive-In

Mendon Twin Drive-In

35 Milford Street, Mendon 01756 

508-473-1092  

MetroWest YMCA Family Outdoor Center

MetroWest YMCA Family Outdoor Center

45 East Street, Hopkinton 01748

508-879-4420

The MetroWest YMCA is a cause driven charitable organization that is for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. With branches in Framingham and Hopkinton, the Y is committed to impacting lives and building a stronger sense of community.

Minute Man Airfield

Minute Man Airfield

302 Boxboro Road, Stow 01775

978-897-3933

Natick Community Organic Farm

Natick Community Organic Farm

117 Eliot Street, Natick 01760

508-655-2204

A nonprofit, certified-organic farm providing productive open space, farm products, and hands-on education for all ages, year-round.

OARS, Inc.

OARS, Inc.

23 Bradford Street, Concord 01742

978-369-3956

 

Outdoors RX

Outdoors RX

Framingham and Waltham

Through this program of the Appalachian Mountain Club, families can register online to find a calendar of free, guided outdoor programs.

Putts & More

Putts & More

750 Concord Street, Holliston 01746

508-429-4FUN 

River Boater's Trail

River Boater's Trail

Concord, Sudbury, Assabet Rivers

Southwick’s Zoo

Southwick’s Zoo

2 Southwick Street, Mendon 01756

800-258-9182 

More than a zoo, it’s an adventure! Visit over 850 animals from around the world.  Enjoy Deer Forest, Safari Sky Ride, The Woodland’s Express, EARTH Discovery Center and Galliford’s Restaurant and Tavern.

Southwick’s Zoo

Southwick’s Zoo

2 Southwick Street, Mendon 01756
800-258-9182 

More than a zoo, it’s an adventure! Visit over 850 animals from around the world.  Enjoy Deer Forest, Safari Sky Ride, The Woodland’s Express, EARTH Discovery Center and Galliford’s Restaurant and Tavern.

Thomas Land at Edaville USA

Thomas Land at Edaville USA

5 Pine Street, Carver 02330

508-866-8190

Recreation - Fall Walking Trail

Recreation - BAA Start

Recreation - Bowditch

Community Spotlight: Ashland

The Town of Ashland bustles year ‘round, but spring is an especially energetic season as the town’s cultural and business initiatives roll out.  Although primarily residential, the town integrates small businesses as well as cutting-edge tech corporations into its community initiatives.

 

New England History

Centuries ago, Ashland was a stopping point on a major Indian trail which later became known as the Bay Path, connecting Cambridge and Connecticut. It was here that a community of Natick Indians was established as the Village of Magunkaquog in about 1659. The town is also known as the site of Henry Warren's invention of the electric clock, later manufactured here under the Telechron name. Today, the high school’s teams are the Clockers.

 

Corner Spot

Indicative of the energetic business community emerging in this town, the Corner Spot was developed in early 2017--through individual donations—as a place for new businesses to debut for one to six weeks. Opening in June of 2017, this innovative example of community placemaking will offer a rotation of new enterprises, as well as a restful spot for simply hanging out.

 

Farmers Market

One of the region’s most robust farmers’ markets offers special themes—such as Dog Day --each Saturday morning (June 10-October 14) as well as live music, non-food vendors, and family activities in the park at 125 Front Street. On special weekends throughout the rest of the year, the Farmers Market pops up indoors to offer Pre-Thanksgiving and Mid-Winter Markets.

 

Special community events

Long a home to annual community events and festivals, such as Ashland Day in September, the town now offers more programming through Arts!Ashland Alliance. Through arts and culture programming, the group also works to cultivate the economic vitality of the community. Its signature event is the Dragon Fly Festival, held mid-August.  Other cultural offerings come from the Friends of the Ashland Library, which offers speakers and documentary film evenings.

 

Dining

Pockets of great cuisine are spread throughout this community of 18,000, including along Routes 126 and 135, as well as downtown sidestreets. The gourmet Oregon Club, a former speakeasy, is tucked among residences in east Ashland.  In downtown, Stone’s Public House (circa 1832) boasts a ghostly history and modern hearty pub fare. New Mexican and Asian eateries have debuted in recent years as well.

 

Recreation & Sports

To commemorate the site of the original Boston Marathon Start Line, Ashland now boasts Marathon Park., which is now the site of the start line of the semi-annual Marathon Park Prep, a half-marathon favored by runners eager to experience a large portion of the Boston Marathon’s April route.

There’s plenty of recreation for those inclined to relax. The 470-acre Ashland State Park offers swimming, picnic areas, boating, fishing, and hiking/biking trails. The Bay Circuit Trail connects Ashland to 34 other communities. The public schools’ new turf fields are the site of regional sports competitions.