There’s a whole year of fun ahead of us here in Massachusetts! We’ve rounded up a few of the best day trips you can take here in the Bay State. Check out our suggestions for 12 months of awesome adventures!
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January: Jiminy Peak, Hancock
Hit the slopes and take advantage of the snowy weather at Jiminy Peak. It’s a great place to ski and snowboard, but it’s also ideal for relaxing with a mug of hot chocolate and enjoying a fireside chat at the lodge. (11 Corey Road, Hancock)
February: Bancroft Tower, Worcester
If you’re looking for a little wintery peace and quiet, wandering around beautiful Salisbury Park in Worcester is just the thing. It’s home to Bancroft Tower, a monument built in 1900 that looks like something out of a fairytale. (26 Massachusetts Ave., Worcester)
March: Lyman Plant House, Northampton
March is usually too soon for spring to truly spring in Massachusetts, but you can get an early taste at the Lyman Plant House at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. This greenhouse is packed with blooms year-round and is open to the public. (16 College Lane, Northampton)
April: Cape Cod
Hot tip: one of the best times of the year to visit Cape Cod is actually in early spring, when the summer crowds haven’t yet arrived and the first truly sunny days of the year are rolling in. Visit one of the Cape’s famous clam shacks, stroll along a quiet beach, and grab dinner in P-town for the perfect day or weekend trip.
Spending a day in Boston is a must-do for Massachusetts locals and visitors alike. Wander Boston Common, take a duck tour through the harbor, visit the New England Aquarium, feast at Quincy Market, and enjoy the atmosphere of one of the world’s most beautiful and historic cities.
June: Kimball Farm, Westford
There’s truly something for everyone at Kimball Farm. They have a zip line, mini golf, bumper cards, pony riders, and delicious homemade ice cream. Plus, they’re an actual working farm with a quaint country store. (400 Littleton Rd., Westford)
July: Southwick’s Zoo, Mendon
Who doesn’t love a trip to the zoo? Southwick’s Zoo is packed with exhibits and activities that will delight young and old. Plus, this zoo has earned top marks for its treatment of its animal lodgers. You’ll meet camels, giraffes, tigers, lions, monkeys, and even endangered white rhinos. (2 Southwick St., Mendon)
August: Mendon Twin Drive-In, Mendon
Summer nights call for snacks, blankets, and a trip to the drive-in. Originally opened in 1954, the Mendon Twin Drive-In is one of the oldest drive-ins in the country and shows fun flicks that the whole family will enjoy. (35 Milford St., Mendon)
September: Gunn Book Falls, Sunderland
Take advantage of the cooler days by planning a trip out to Gunn Brook Falls in Sunderland. This is the perfect nature trip for people who don’t actually want to hike for hours. You can reach the falls via a quick 0.2-mile hike from Chard Pond. There’s parking and everything! (Chard Pond, Sunderland)
October: Cider Hill Farm, Amesbury
This place is everything you could want in a fall day trip. Apple-picking, hay rides, spiced hot cider, and of course … apple cider doughnuts. There’s also a corn maze to conquer and farm animals to pet. (45 Fern Avenue, Amesbury)
Concord is one of Massachusetts’ most historic and quaint towns. They take pride in decorating for the holidays and downtown is packed with charming bookshops, restaurants, and boutiques. While you’re there, take a mini trip to nearby Walden Pond for a dose of natural beauty.
December: Cornerstone Ranch, Princeton
Celebrate the season with a horse-drawn sleigh ride through the forest at Cornerstone Ranch. Perfect for kids, couples, or entire families looking to get in the winter spirit. (29 Dowds Ln., Princeton)
What’s your favorite day trip to take in Massachusetts? Share your thoughts and suggestions with us in the comments!