These family-friendly hikes near Boston are perfect for when the kids need to burn off some energy. You’ll find hikes to vernal pools, stroller-friendly spots and loads of options for your next outdoor adventure.MoreLess
Purgatory Chasm is a unique natural landmark offering exciting adventure. Follow trails to rock formations such as The Corn Crib, The Coffin and Lovers’ Leap. After exploration, settle down for an afternoon picnic. Note: The Chasm is closed during the wet winter season.
Borderland State Park features a historic mansion that is often open for tours. It also has trails for hiking, biking, or horseback riding, fishing and boating in the pond, and facilities for tennis and disc golf. With over 20 miles of hiking trails ranging from moderate to difficult, many of them are stroller- and kid-friendly.
You can enjoy incomparable views of the Charles River or amble among pine groves and past wetlands along seven miles of trails and footpaths. A two-mile hike that's good for kids follows the river’s edge south before reaching successive overlooks. Rocky Narrows Overlook takes some effort to reach, but you’ll be rewarded with views of steep, hemlock-covered cliffs that form a narrow river passage—the landmark that gives the reservation its name.
Rolling fields lined by tree groves, a trio of ponds and gurgling brooks comprise this lovely spot in nature. Broad lawns provide perfect picnic spots, while tennis courts and a tot lot beckon the more active of all ages. More than three miles of easy walking paths crisscross the park. Best of all, a portion of the walkways is surfaced and perfect for strollers.
With more than five miles of wide carriage paths bordered by woods, Appleton Farms Grass Rides was originally designed for horseback riding. Don’t miss the Great Pasture Trail, which parallels a stone wall bordered by forest on one side and the beautiful open landscape of the Great Pasture, dotted with cows (a kid favorite!). From the Pigeon Hill overlook, you can take in a panoramic view of the entire pasture.
Copicut introduces nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts to an entire regional ecosystem. With over three miles of trails, you can experience forests, streams and cedar swamps, amid an array of flora and fauna, from deer and coyote darting among stands of hardwoods and conifers, to hawks, owls and salamanders. Enjoy a secluded picnic in a traditional timber frame shed before exploring along the Meadhowhawk and Soggy Bottom Trails.