MetroWest Recreation

Recreation

We balance our high tech with low stress, so when we’re not working, we’re playing around: walking, crafting, biking, kayaking, and generally relaxing. In fact, visitors to nearby cities find MetroWest the quickest, easiest destination for unwinding.

 

Recreation

We balance our high tech with low stress, so when we’re not working, we’re playing around: walking, crafting, biking, kayaking, and generally relaxing. In fact, visitors to nearby cities find MetroWest the quickest, easiest destination for unwinding.

 

Walking Trails

Walk this way: state and local forests, aquaduct trails, and urban walking tours

Biking Maps

Spin doctors: A ride on any of these peaceful trails is a sure cure for stress.

Horseback Riding Trails

Hot to trot?  These miles of trails will keep you on the move.

Botanic Gardens

Flower power: MetroWest boasts four botanic gardens exhibiting rare flora in every season.

State Parks

Five state parks offer boating, swimming, picnicking, walking trails, and horseback-riding.

Golf

If you’re swinging through the area, you tee up at more than a dozen courses and ranges.

Camping

Outdoor spots to pitch or park.

Wildlife

Sanctuaries and refuges offer family activities, classes, trails, butterfly and bird gardens, and educational centers.

Outdoor Activities

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

Sports

Watch your favorite match-ups, or compete yourself, in state-of-the-art facilities for skating, baseball, racquet sports, lacrosse, soccer, and more.

Rainy Day Fun

Indoor activities range from trampolines to gaming, bowling, skating, racing, and playgrounds.

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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 7) 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.