Hit the slopes at Wachusett Mountain. Take in the Worcester Sharks, AHL affiliates of the San Jose Sharks. Hang out with Mother Nature at Lake Manchaug and go camping, fishing or boating. Spend the day hiking or snowshoeing, amongst the trees at Otter River State Forest or Wells State Park. Or, kayak along the Blackstone River and know what it really means to "get your adrenaline pumping." With a wide range of forests, ponds and trails easily accessible, Central Massachusetts is home to all of the things you love to do — indoors and out.
Whether it's on a hot-air balloon excursion with Bella Via Balloon Company or mushing through the snow on a dogsledding trip with Northern Exposure Outfitters, you'll not only find adventure in this area, but adventure like you've never seen before.
Beaches in Central Massachusetts? Yep. There are dozens of fresh water beaches, like Douglas State Forest's Wallum Lake, reservoirs, ponds and rivers,where you can go for a dip and enjoy the sunshine.
By converting long-abandoned rail lines, the Massachusetts Central Rail Trail offers a unique way to explore the communities, sites and nature of Central Massachusetts.
When it comes to camping in Central Massachusetts, the key word is "choice." If you're an experienced camper, head to Pine Acres, where you'll have access to Lake Dean and its 70 acres of water. If you want convenience, try Wells State Park. It's ideal if you're also planning a trip to Old Sturbridge Village. And if you're new to camping, rental cabins — rustic or full service — are available all year.
For information about fishing in Massachusetts, please visit Mass Wildlife.
You'll find some of the best golf courses in all of New England in this area, including Pine Ridge Country Club, Ellinwood Country Club, Grand View Country Club and the Woods of Westminster, From scenic to beginner to challenging, each course — and there are more than 25! — offers something a bit different from the next.
Wachusett Mountain features a 1,000-foot vertical drop and 20 trails. Ski Ward Ski Area is family owned and offers nine trails, ski and snowboard lessons and rentals. The forests of Central Massachusetts and their miles of trails are available for cross-country skiing.
Professional sports do exist outside of Boston. Baseball's Worcester Tornados and the Worcester Sharks, AHL affiliates of the San Jose Sharks, play here. Add in many college teams and your shouting muscles will get quite a workout.
Go camping and hiking at Wells State Park. Explore the miles of woodland trails at Douglas State Forest, where you can hike, cross-country ski and snowboard. And in the summer, visit 2-acre Beaman Pond at Otter River State Forest for swimming, boating, fishing and more.
Ready to tackle Blackstone River's Class II and III rapids? Just want to grab a canoe and set your own pace? Central Mass Paddlesports and Fin & Feather Sports offer kayak and canoe rentals, instructional programs and excursions on lakes, ponds and rivers throughout the area.
Are you a fan of winter? If so, you're really going to like Central Massachusetts. You can go dogsledding with Northern Exposure Outfitters. You can go tubing at Ski Ward Ski Area. And you can go ice skating and snowshoeing throughout the area — just find a frozen pond or a snow-covered trail.
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