I am probably just like you and want to get out and about now that the weather is better, here are some things to do and places to go.
Great Brook State Farm
This is a wonderful local park to take your kids to year round. It has 20 miles of trails and over 1,000 acres of land. In the summer, it has homemade ice cream stand and a farm with a robotic milking system. You can see the animals and they give tours of milking the cows.
Lots of people run or ride their horses on the trails, they have cross country meets here as well. In the winter when there is snow you can rent cross country skis or snow shoes or bring your own and enjoy some outdoor time and some exercise. It does cost $2 to park there.
NARA Park in Acton
This park is open year round but is only manned in the summer. In the summer, you can enjoy the beach with lifeguards for a fee or you can enjoy a concert at the amphitheater, check out the website for a calendar of events. http://www.acton-ma.gov/312/NARA-Park . In July they have a fantastic 4th of July show but you need to get there early as it does get crowded.
Manning State Park Billerica MA
This fun park is great picnic areas, hiking, a splash pad, fitness trail and fire pits.
Heart Pond Chelmsford
This is a small pretty beach on the rail trail. The beach is open from dawn until dusk.
Brush Art Gallery and Studios Lowell MA
Artists occupy studio spaces to interact with and educate the public on a weekly basis. Currently, nine studio artists produce paintings, illustration, photography, jewelry, sculpture, ceramics, quilts, and handwoven items.
Bobby’s Ranch Westford MA
Have fun and go on a western trail ride, all levels welcome.
Kimball Farm Westford MA
Mini golf clubs are swinging, the zipline is soaring, the bumper boats are splashing, and lots more! With a variety of activities for all ages
Parlee Farm Tyngsboro MA
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LeLacheur Park Lowell MA
Home to the Lowell Spinners
Lowell Heritage State Park Lowell MA
Enjoy canal rides at this fun park that is connected to the bigger Lowell Historical Park. It has a bike path and many exhibits on the trail. There is a pretty Victorian garden in the heart of the downtown area, and over two miles of landscaped esplanade which allows for summer concerts. Swimming and boating in the Merrimack River are offered as well as a boat ramp so you can bring your own.
Walden Pond Concord
Home to Henry David Thoreau this park include 102 feet deep kettle hole ideal for swimming and fishing on 335 acres of wooded land, has lots of trails around the pond and in the summer they do interpretive guided walks.
Minuteman National Historic Park Concord and Lexington
The Old North Bridge in Concord is just one of the highlights on this park system. Battle Road is a five mile trail with houses along the way that are open to the public in the summer for tours. This is a beautiful and fun day to spend exploring both Concord and Lexington and there are many activities in the park.
So go out and explore and enjoy these parks, spend some quality time outdoors and remind ourselves to stop and admire what is around us.