Outdoors with Kids Boston: 100 Fun Places to Explore In and Around the City by Kim Foley MackinnonOutdoors with Kids Boston: 100 Fun Places to Explore In and Around the City by Kim Foley Mackinnon

Outdoors with Kids Boston: 100 Fun Places to Explore In and Around the City

byKim Foley Mackinnon

Paperback | April 17, 2012

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Getting the whole family outside and active is easy if parents know where to go and how to travel there. This new, must-have guide from the Appalachian Mountain Club features 100 outdoor destinations where families can enjoy successful day trips and outings, whether hiking, biking, paddling, playing, swimming, or simply running around. Written by parents and tested by kids, Outdoors with Kids Boston offers information about driving directions, parking information, fees, snacks, and bathrooms, as well as whether a location is stroller friendly or if swimming or camping is allowed. With tips and tricks, safety and planning information, educational activity ideas, and a simple-to-use format, this guide is the ideal resource for busy parents.

About The Author

Kim Foley MacKinnon is a Boston-based editor, journalist, and travel writer. Over the past 15 years, her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, AAA Horizons, Daily Candy, Global Traveler, Business Traveller, Lola, Boston Herald, Parents magazine, Bay State Parent, and many other publications. She has also written four guidebooks and co...

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Title:Outdoors with Kids Boston: 100 Fun Places to Explore In and Around the CityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:April 17, 2012Publisher:Appalachian Mountain Club BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1934028606

ISBN - 13:9781934028605

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Table of Contents

BOSTON

1 Boston Harbor Islands: Georges Island, Boston

2 Boston Harbor Islands: Lovell's Island, Boston

3 Boston Harbor Islands: Spectacle Island, Boston

4 Boston Harbor Islands: Peddocks Island, Boston

5 Boston Common and the Public Garden, Boston

6 Charles River Esplanade, Boston

7 Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, East Boston

8 Boston Harborwalk and the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston

9 Emerald Necklace, Boston

10 Castle Island and Pleasure Bay, South Boston

11 Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Plain

12 Allandale Woods, Jamaica Plain

13 Bussey Brook Meadow, Jamaica Plain

14 Franklin Park, Jamaica Plain

15 Forest Hills Cemetery, Jamaica Plain

16 Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain

17 Millennium Park, West Roxbury

18 Boston Nature Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Mattapan

19 Stony Brook Reservation, Hyde Park

20 Neponset River Reservation, Hyde Park

21 Chestnut Hill Reservation, Brighton

INSIDE ROUTES 95/128

22 Nahant Beach Reservation, Nahant

23 Larz Anderson Park, Brookline

24 Hammond Pond Reservation, Newton

25 Hall's Pond Sanctuary and Amory Woods, Brookline

26 Blue Hills Reservation, Milton

27 Blue Hills Reservation: Ponkapoag Pond, Milton

28 Blue Hills Reservation: Houghton's Pond, Milton

29 Fresh Pond and Danehy Park, Cambridge

30 Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge

31 Mystic Lakes, Winchester

32 Mystic Lakes, Medford

33 Mystic River Reservation, Medford

34 Middlesex Fells, Malden, Medford, Stoneham, Melrose, Winchester

35 Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, Belmont

36 Breakheart Reservation, Saugus

37 Lynn Woods, Lynn

38 Bay Circuit Trail (various towns)

WEST OF BOSTON

39 Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Concord

40 Great Brook Farm State Park, Carlisle

41 Gore Place, Waltham

42 Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary, Lincoln

43 DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln

44 Walden Pond State Reservation, Concord

45 Old Manse, Battle Green, and Battle Road Trail, Lexington and Concord

46 Minuteman Bikeway, Somerville to Lexington

47 Garden in the Woods, Framingham

48 Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary, Natick

49 Cedariver, Millis

50 Noanet Woodlands, Dover

51 Powisset Farm, Dover

52 Cutler Park Reservation, Needham

53 Rocky Narrows, Sherborn

54 Sunday Woods, Weston

55 Elm Bank Reservation, Wellesley

SOUTH OF BOSTON

56 Quincy Shores Reservation: Wollaston Beach, Quincy

57 Quincy Quarries Reservation, West Quincy

58 Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, Sharon

59 Borderland State Park, Easton

60 World War I Memorial Park and Zoo, North Attelboro

61 Francis William Bird Park, Walpole

62 Fork Factory Brook, Medfield

63 King Philip's Rock and Cave, Sharon

64 Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, Norfolk

SOUTHERN MASSACHUSETTS AND CAPE COD

65 Myles Standish State Forest, Carver

66 Scusset Beach State Reservation, Sandwich

67 Cape Cod Rail Trail, Dennis to Welfleet

68 Nantasket Beach Reservation, Hull

69 Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, South Wellfleet

70 Duxbury Beach Reservation, Duxbury

71 South Shore Natural Science Center, Norwell

72 World's End, Hingham

73 Weir River Farm, Hingham

74 Wompatuck State Park, Hingham

NORTH OF BOSTON

75 Martins Pond, North Reading

76 Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell

77 Harold Parker State Forest, North Andover

78 Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Topsfield

79 Crane Beach, Ipswich

80 Joppa Flats, Newburyport

81 Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Plum Island

82 Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, Shirley, Ayer, and Devens

83 Nashua River Rail Trail, Ayer

CENTRAL AND WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS

84 Quabbin Reservoir, Belchertown

85 Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton

86 Mount Watatic, Ashburnham

87 Purgatory Chasm State Reservation, Sutton

88 Dinosaur Footprints, Holyoke

RHODE ISLAND

89 East Bay Bike Path, Providence

90 Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield

91 Cliff Walk, Newport

CONNECTICUT

92 Bafflin Sanctuary, Pomfret

93 Penwood State Park, Bloomfield

94 Mashamoquet Brook State Park Wolf Den, Pomfret

SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE

95 Monadnock State Park, Jaffrey

96 Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Newington

97 Rhododendron State Park, Fitzwilliam

MAINE

98 Fort Williams Park, Cape Elizabeth

99 Sebago Lake State Park, Casco

100 Bradbury Mountain, Pownal

Editorial Reviews

"This is an extraordinarily extensive, easy-to-use, eye-opening guide to every outdoor family activity one could imagine in and around Boston! Foley MacKinnon has done the work—all we have to do is have the fun!"- Joyce Kulhawik, Emmy-Award winning arts and entertainment critic, JoycesChoices.com "We all need to get outside. This extraordinary guide shows us where, when, and how to experience our surroundings with our kids. It's a keeper!"- Deirdre Wilson, Senior editor of the Boston Parents Paper and author of The Lobster Kids' Guide to Exploring Boston (Lobster Press, 2001) "I can't wait to crisscross the state with my family using Outdoor with Kids as our guide."- Carrie Wattu, Editor, Baystateparent Magazine