For the utmost relaxation, escaping to the natural wonder of a park in Massachusetts may just do the trick. Parks offer the chance to have a picnic, toss a Frisbee, or lie on the grass and enjoy the warmth of the sun. You can do all of these things and more at the Bay State’s beautiful parks. Here are 10 of the best.
The Massachusetts version of New York’s Central Park, Boston Common boasts 50 acres for your enjoyment. At the center of the park, enjoy the Swan Boats in season. Boston Common is the oldest city park in the entire country.
Featuring more than 150 acres of picnic sites, pavilions, and more, Look Memorial Park in Florence is the perfect place to spend a weekend afternoon or a lazy weekday with your family and friends. Rent out the party tent for a special celebration of your own.
Boasting a beautiful green space and a boardwalk along the Merrimack River, Waterfront Park in Newburyport is the perfect place to picnic, play lawn games, or watch the boats that float by. The park is centrally located in the downtown area.
In addition to an ample green space, Endicott Park in Danvers features a pond, an orchard, a playground, and even a children’s barn with domestic farm animals. Bring a picnic to enjoy at one of many picnic tables. Plan to spend the better part of the day.
Voted in 2013 as the state’s “Best Public Park,” Forest Park in Springfield is often referred to as the city’s crown jewel. Picnic grounds and a public garden are just some of what this park offers. A zoo and education center are located on the premises as well. Check out Forest Park’s 736 acres and visit the website for scheduled events.
Located at the intersection of Ocean and Gosnold Streets in Hyannis, Veteran’s Memorial Park is a beautiful spot to picnic, enjoy the nice weather, and take in the pristine ocean view. A beautiful war memorial honors veterans and they are often seen visiting the park with their families. Although a fee is charged for parking, those who access the park via bicycle or on foot don’t have to pay.
On the grounds of Haverhill’s Winnekenni Castle is Winnekenni Park. A vast green lawn space is perfect for enjoying a quiet afternoon or a boisterous family gathering. After your picnic, work off some calories with a hike along one of the park’s walking trails. Concerts take place outside the castle in the summer time. The castle hosts special private events and wedding receptions.
Located in Boston’s North End, Copp’s Hill Terrace is a lovely park and historic terrace—a green oasis in the middle of the city. A popular place for those working nearby to bring their lunch and enjoy some quiet outdoor time in the middle of a busy day. Weekends find it graced with young families and couples looking for nature in an otherwise urban area.
Set on 16 acres of green space in Harvard Square, Cambridge Common is a popular place year-round. Picnics and lawn games are a favorite of locals in the warmer months. Friendly snowball fights break out on a regular basis in winter. Proximity to local eating establishments means local employees find their way there for some fresh air and sunshine in the late spring through early fall. There is a playground available for children.
Considered a landmark in North Easton, Frothingham Memorial Park features benches and a paved walkway, as well as a large green space and a baseball field. In the spring and summer months, locals bring their picnics and stay for the baseball games. Tall trees at the park provide plenty of shade for those needing a break from the sun.