Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston is only an hour's drive west of Boston. This thriving site has color year-round, thanks to its indoor gardens, antique apple orchard, and hilltop views. It has frequent festivals and special events.
Open year round (closed Mondays unless it's a holiday):
11 French Drive
$12 adults; $7 kids age 6 to 18; kids under 6 free
(Nash Studios for Tower Hill; courtesy of the Worcester County Horticultural Society)