Outdoors & Recreation

Children’s Tree House Trail
Berkshire East Mountain Resort
A netted course designed for kids 3 years and up. Moving from platform to platform amongst the trees, kids will navigate a series of fun elements, such as netted bridges, Burma bridges tunnels, and a small zip line.

North Bluffs Sea Wall Walkway & Pier
Oak Bluffs
After an eight-year campaign which began after the Pay Beach seawall south of the Steamship Authority’s Oak Bluffs terminal collapsed in 2008 and subsequent damage from 2013’s Hurricane Sandy, the new $5.6 million North Bluff Sea Walk and Pier were completed in June 2016. The bank between Seaview Avenue and boardwalk are completely filled and overplanted with vegetation. The concrete for the wheelchair access ramp and new sidewalk were built along Seaview Avenue. The 12-foot-wide ekki wood boardwalk connects to the new 317-foot fishing pier which juts out from Seaview Avenue.

Hitchcock Center for the Environment
Re-Opened September 2016 at 845 West Street, Amherst
By taking the Living Building Challenge™ for its new location in Amherst, The Hitchcock Center for the Environment aims to be the first “living” environmental education center in New England. The 9,000 sq. ft. facility features a Visitor’s Center, Den and Nest Courtyards, native landscaping, an Ecotone walkway, and more. The surrounding land enhances the Center with its miles of trails and various ecosystems, creating an extension of the building and the education it provides.

Winter Garden Skating
Thanksgiving – February City Hall Plaza, Boston
City Hall Plaza will be transformed into a Winter Garden with holiday vendors and an 11,000 sf skating rink open through February.

Autumn Ramble with Friends
November 27th at 1pm – Fruitlands Museum
Explore nature in late autumn in this hour-long ramble across fields and glens at Fruitlands Museum. Interpreters will lead participants in a guided walk along Fruitlands’ most notable features—archaeological sites, scenic vistas of the Nashua River Valley, and our thriving forest —as we look for signs of winter. This walk covers a mile of varied terrain and should be considered moderately easy. Trail shoes, walking stick, and warm hats recommended.

Solstice Stroll
December 18th, 3:30-5pm – Fruitlands Museum
Gather together with Fruitlands staff as we take a lantern tour of the walking trails. Along the way, we will look for signs of winter in the changing landscape. A cozy fire and warm apple cider will await us at the end of the trail and a reading of Susan Cooper’s poem “The Shortest Day” will cap off our observation of the Winter Solstice.