You could practically spend your entire Massachusetts vacation outdoors. In the spring, fishing, camping, hiking, biking, and cheering on the Red Sox at historic Fenway Park. In the summer, soaking up the sun on gorgeous beaches, white water rafting, whale watching, putt sinking, ice cream eating, and still cheering on the Sox. In the fall, leaf peeping at the brilliant foliage; losing your voice at a Patriots game at Gillette Stadium; petting goats, picking apples and sipping cider at any number of picture perfect small farms; and yep, still cheering on the Sox. Think there are no outdoor activities in the winter? Think again. There’s skiing, riding and tubing at one of 12 fantastic ski areas; dog sledding; and ice fishing; all while heatedly discussing the spring prospects for the Sox, of course.

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  • Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

    South Wellfleet

    Salt marsh boardwalk; natural history programs for families, children, and adults; 1000 acre wildlife sanctuary, nature center, 5 miles of trails. Guided... more

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  • Mountain Meadow Preserve


    The scenic trail from Massachusetts to Vermont - just a mile to the Green Mountain State! - along which you... more

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  • Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary


    Largest urban sanctuary in New England; 400 acres of woods, fields, streams, marsh, and 78 different species of butterflies; 5 miles of marked... more

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  • Maudslay State Park


    Nineteenth-century gardens & plantings; ornamental trees; walking, biking, horseback riding, and picnicking; cultural events. more

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  • Mount Greylock State Reservation*


    State's highest point with panoramic views of five states; 45 miles of trails. Massachusetts' first state park; 2.5 mile strenuous hike to 35... more

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  • Chesterfield Gorge


    Experience this imposing gorge carved by a National Wild and Scenic River. Chesterfield Gorge is the entrance to an extensive... more

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  • Lowell Holly


    Carriage roads follow the shoreline of Mashpee and Wakeby Ponds and pass through groves of American holly that embellish this... more

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  • Highfield Hall & Gardens


    Highfield Hall & Gardens is an engaging historic property that has been restored and revitalized to serve as a place... more

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  • Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary


    Seven miles of well-marked walking trails on 1,300 acres of conservation land. Trails for all abilities. Public programs. more

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  • Appalachian National Scenic Trail


    Ninety-three miles of hiking, picnicking, and camping through the Berkshires; highest peak in Massachusetts. more

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  • Mount Holyoke Range State Park



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  • Arcadia Wildlife Sanctuary


    Seven hundred and twenty-five acres of woods, meadow, and marsh; five miles of trails; observation tower. Look for signs of... more

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  • Mass Audubon Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary


    Twelve miles of trails traverse vast meadows, woodlands, and wetlands. Hike, snowshoe, x-country ski, rent a canoe. Nature programs and... more

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  • Noanet Woodlands


    You will find more than 17 miles of shady trails and woods roads for walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and horseback riding.... more

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  • Ward Reservation


    Trails link three major hills - Shrub, Boston, and Holt - and looking out from their summits you can see... more

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  • Gloucester Maritime Trail


    Four self-guided trails through America's first seaport. Call for map or pick one up at Stage Fort Park Information Center. more

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  • Long Point Wildlife Refuge

    West Tisbury

    Whether you want to play in the ocean, splash with the kids in sheltered salt- and freshwater ponds, or explore... more

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  • Tyringham Cobble


    A geologic wonder, the Cobble was born from massive tectonic movements that shifted ancient strata, leaving an exposed underbelly of... more

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  • Bear Swamp


    To early settlers, Bear Swamp was truly rough terrain: steep, wooded hillsides and exposed bedrock descending to boggy wetlands and... more

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  • Cape Cod Indian Walks-Dennis

    North Eastham

    2 Walks offered. 1'st Indian Conservation Lands Dennis. Learn the history and culture of the C.C. Indians. Second walks, First... more

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