Local Treasures



Many of these resources I have used, raising my own family.

Winter Skiing and Boarding

Wachusett Mountain , Princeton MA
Ward Ski Hill, Shrewsbury
Blue hills, Boston

Loring Arena, Framingham
Navin Skating Arena, Marlborough
North Star Figure Skating , Westborough


Greendale Mall , Worcester
Solomon Pond Mall , Northboro
Auburn Mall
Natick Mall
Wrentham Outlets , Wrentham
Arsenal Mall , Arlington
Burlington Mall , Burlington
Emerald Square, North Attleboro
Patriots Place , Foxboro
Northboro Crossing, Northboro
Old Shrewsbury Village , Shrewsbury

Swim Clubs
Suburban Athletic Club , Framingham
Westboro Swim and Tennis Club Wayside Swim and Racquet Club , Marlboro
Longfellow Health Club , Wayland and Natick
YMCA , Framingham
YMCA OUTDOOR , Hopkinton
YMCA , Franklin
Keefe Tech , Framingham POOL public hours on the weekends

Indoor Sports Arenas/Bubble
John Smith , Milford
New England Sports Center , Marlborough
Mansfield Soccer Bubble
Teamworks , Auburn, Acton
Forekicks Northboro, Marlboro, Taunton
Special Olympics , Marlborough
Habitat , Uxbridge
Prime Time , Natick

Best Mini golf, trampoline, and ice cream in one place
Crystal Caves Family Entertainment, Auburn

Fall Activities Large Scale Corn Maze for families, adults and children
Davis Family Farm , Sterling
Pumpkin Walk at Roger Williams Zoo , Prov RI

Summer Evening Fun
Providence RI : Fire and Water at dusk, park at the Providence Mall garage.

Boston Area Heritage
Longfellow Wayside Inn , Sudbury
Fruitlands , Harvard
Battle of Lexington and Concord The Freedom Trail , Boston
Old Sturbridge Village , Sturbridge
Civil War Re-enactment and camp , Medway MA, generally first weekend in October

The Arts
Amazing Things Art Center , Framingham
Franklin School of Performing Arts Dancing Arts Center , Holliston and Framingham
Center for the Arts , Natick
Acton Art , Acton
Danforth Art Museum , Framingham
Performing Arts Center of Metro West , Framingham
Boston Chlidren's Theater Wheelock Family Theater , Cambridge
Improv Soup , Foxboro

Fatama Shrine , Holliston
The Peace Abbey , Sherborn
Garden in the Woods , Framingham
Tower Hill Botanic Garden , Worcester
Wellesley College Greenhouses
Natick Organic Community Farm
Elm Bank Reservation , Rte 16 Wellesley
Bowditch Field , Framingham
Cushing Park , Framingham
Gillette Stadium , Foxboro, home to New England Patriots
Walden Pond , Concord
Southwick Zoo , Mendon
Reservoir Walk , Bolton
 Broadmoor , Natick
Attleboro Springs , Attleboro
Burncoat Pond, Spencer
Broad Meadow Brook ,Worcester
Looks Canyon , Barre
Eagle Lake , Holden
Drumlin Farms , Lincoln
Lake Wampanoag , Gardner
Stony Brook , Norfolk
Wachusett Meadow , Princeton
Waseeka Wildlife Sanctuary , Hopkinton ( off Clinton Street, a one mile trail on 229 acres)
Lincoln Woods , Leominster
Flat Rock , Fitchburg
Joppa Flats , Newburyport
Habitat , Belmont
Moose Hill , Sharon Trails
Rocky Narrows , Sherborn Town Forest
Sudbury River Boaters Trail Sudbury Valley Trustees Rail Trail , Milford to Newton"
Nobscot Scout Reservation , Framingham
Callahan State Park , Framingham MA
Gates Pond , 2 1/2 mile loop Hudson/Berlin
Cedariver, Willis West Hill Dam, Upton

Family Clubs
YMCA , Franklin
Hopkinton YMCA Outdoor Program
Metrowest YMCA , Framingham MA
Suburban Athletic Club , Framingham MA

Water Sports
Ashland Reservoir, Ashland
Whitehall Reservoir , Hopkinton
Charles River Sudbury River Walden Pond , Concord

Sailing and Windsurfing
Community Boating Inc (CBI) on the Charles River
Hopkinton State Park Cochituate State Park , Wayland

Walden Pond, Concord
Farm Pond , Sherborn
Sandy Cove , Hopkinson
Walden Pond State Park Lake Winthrop , Holliston
Ashland State Park Hopkinton State Park , swimming and boating and sailing
Cochituate State Park , Natick/Wayland
Membership Beach, Hale Reservation , Westwood
Beach passes for Massachusetts State Parks $35 for the season, $5 each visit

Beaches : parking is often $20-$25, some are open only to residents, best to go off season
Wingersheek, Gloucester
Cranes Beach, Ipswich
Singing Beach , Manchester by the Sea
Egypt Beach , Scituate
Nantasket Beach , Hull
Salem Willows Beach , Salem
Good Harbor Beach , Gloucester
Plum Island , Newburyport
Charles River Boat rentals Salisbury Beach , Salisbury
Nahant Beach , Lynn

Sliding Hills
Ward Park, Marlboro Callahan State Park , Framingham
McCaffee Park , Northboro
Diamond Hill , Worcester
Jerrico Hill , Marlboro
George Hill , Lancaster
Holden Hills, Holden Kids Spot , Ashland
Wellesley College , Wellesley Elm Bank , Rte 16 Wellesley Cedariver , Millis
Check out your local golf courses!

Shopping The Golden Triangle in Framingham and Natick = 3 square miles anchored by Shoppers World and Natick Mall
This is the areas second largest Retail area outside of Downtown Crossing in Boston.

AMC , Framingham
Regal , Bellingham and Westboro
Millbury Draught House , Millbury Hopkinton is the start of the Boston Marathon.

Apple Picking Belkin Family Lookout Farm , Natick
Dowse Orchard , Sherborn
Fairmount Fruit , Franklin
Highland Farms , Holliston
Tougas Farm , Northboro
HoneyPot Orchard , Stow

Pick your own Blueberries
Tougas Farm , Northboro
Charlton Orchards Patt's Blueberries, Holliston
Blue Meadow Farms , Framingham, across from the Women's Prison

Museums for Kids

Discovery Museum , Acton
Children's Museum , Boston
Museum of Science ( MOS), Boston

Local Companies to Work for
Staples, Bose Corp., Genzyme, etc Boston Scientific, Dunkin, EMS, Math works, Analog Device World Headquarters of TJX Waters

Local Hospitals
MetroWest , Framingham
Leonard Morse , Framingham
Newton Wellesley , Wellesley
Milford Hospital UMass Memorial , Worcester
St Vincent's , Worcester
Mass General , Boston
Children's Hospital , Boston
Brigham and Women's , Boston
Children's Hospital Walk in Center , Waltham

Local Midwives Central Mass Midwifery

Local or Private Alternative Education
Sudbury Valley , Framingham
Montessori, Natick
Montessori , Ashland
Franklin Charter School McAuliffe Charter School , Framingham
Advanced Math and Science Academy , Marlborough
Waldorf High School , Belmont
Marion High School , Framingham
Boston Latin , Boston
Bancroft , Worcester
Worcester Academy St Peter Marian Central Catholic , Worcester
Dana Hall School for Girls , Wellesley
Landmark School for ADHD , Beverly
St Johns , Shrewsbury

Local Colleges
Dean College , Franklin
Framingham State University Mass Bay Framingham and Wellesley campuses
Wellesley College
Regis Olin , Needham
Tufts Veterinary School , Westboro
Brandeis University , Waltham
Mt Ida , Newton

Local Trade High Schools
Keefe Technical School , Framingham
Minuteman Technical Institute , Lexington
Assabet Valley Technical School Marlborough
Blackstone Valley Technical School , Upton