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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  • Peaked Mountain

    Monson

    Explore woods roads through a former working forest and trek to a summit that rewards with panoramic views from Mount... more

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  • Petticoat Hill Reservation

    Williamsburg

    Explore a forest that boasts a rich variety of hardwood species, passing stone walls and cellar holes that reveal the... more

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  • Rock House Reservation

    West Brookfield

    Built by the glacier and blessed by indigenous tribes who hunted and worshiped here, the cave-like shelter and its surroundings... more

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  • Ski Butternut Ski Area

    Great Barrington

    Ranked #1 Ski Resort in Massachusetts Ranked #1 Classic Ski Area in the East Ranked #1 Ski Area under 1100ft vertical in the... more

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  • Still River Outfitters

    Bolton

    Recreational, whitewater and touring kayak and canoe, snowshoe, geo-cache, and hiking instruction by knowledgeable professionals. Exciting trips and team building... more

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  • Stump Sprouts Ski Touring Center

    West Hawley

    Cross country ski center located on an old mountain top farm. Instruction, groomed trails, ski and snowshoe rentals, accommodations available. more

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  • Tantiusques Reservation

    Sturbridge

    Hike through forested trails and visit the site of a former lead mine used by Native Americans and, later, European... more

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  • Wachusett Mountain Ski Area

    Princeton

    With a 1,000-foot vertical drop and 2,000-foot elevation; 22 trails and 8 lifts; Wachusett is the closest big mountain skiing to Boston.... more

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  • Wesport Town Farm

    Westport

    At Westport Town Farm, livestock again graze on open fields. An antique farmhouse, dairy barn, corn crib, and stone walls... more

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  • Western Massachusetts Cross Country Ski Areas

    Hawley

    WMCCSA's purpose is to promote cross country skiing and snowshoeing in Massachusetts. 7 XC ski areas are members. All provide groomed... more

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