Though many Bostonians have been trapped indoors this winter, most of the snow is now melted and the non-urban world is waiting. Check out these five outdoor destinations you can drive to, and enjoy some fresh, spring-filled air (while still making it back to Boston for dinner.) Next
Zip line in Charlemont (2 hours from Boston)
Nestled in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, Charlemont is home to what they say is the first zip line canopy tour in southern New England: Deerfield Valley Zip Line Canopy Tour.
They opened in 2009 and offer a three-hour zip line tour through the trees on 11 different tracks with sky bridges and platforms where adventurers can enjoy views of the forest below.
Take a hike on West Rattlesnake Mountain in New Hampshire. (2 hours from Boston)
West Rattlesnake Mountain is filled with green scenery and rare plants bordering Squam Lake. At the lake, there is a natural science center where visitors can learn about animals that inhabit the area through a variety of exhibits.
The center also offers 90-minute guided river cruises that showcase “rocky shores, celebrated islands, historic homes, scenic mountain views, and remarkable wildlife.” Next
See a real castle in Gillette Castle State Park in Connecticut. (2 hours from Boston)
At this state park, visitors can glimpse into Connecticut history.
The castle, which is a 24-room mansion and looks like a medieval castle, opens on Memorial Day for tours, but the grounds around it are open year-round. William Hooker Gillette had the castle built in the early 1900s: It took 20 men five years to do it.
Get some great ocean views at Colt State Park in Rhode Island. (90 minutes from Boston)
Near the town of Bristol, Rhode Island, this state park offers “464 acres of lawns, stone walls, and curving drives along one of the state’s most spectacular shorelines.”
Get in touch with your poetic side at Walden Pond. (30 minutes from Boston)
Just a short drive from Boston, Walden Pond in Concord is where Henry David Thoreau lived from July 1845 to September 1847. His experience at Walden provided the material for the book, Walden.
Walden Pond has 335 acres of natural space and is a swimming destination in the summer. There are trails to hike and even a replica of Thoreau’s cabin. Back to the beginning
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