We Dare You Not To Fall In Love With This Gorgeous Park On The Water In Massachussetts
With a name like World’s End, you know this place is going to feel a million miles away from the everyday.
Located in Hingham, this South Shore gem is actually only 15 miles from Boston. You’ll definitely be doubting your GPS though, as the rolling landscape, panoramic vista and dramatic coastline charm you into thinking you’ve been transported to a remote paradise at the ends of the earth. Read on to learn why this park needs to be your next outdoor adventure.
The first thing you’ll notice about World’s End is the glittering coastline. The 251-acre park is a unique habitat, blending the lush beauty of grassy fields and shady forest groves with the majesty of the ocean.
The park was actually created by glacial movements, and many of the open meadows were actually once cropland that was cleared by colonial farmers for growing hay and other staples. There are over four miles of old carriage roads criss-crossing the reservation, which are now perfectly scenic and shady walking paths.
The park is a popular place for equestrian pursuits, so don’t be surprised if you spot a horse or two trotting alongside the shoreline. It’s also the perfect venue for jogging, cross-country skiing, walking or simply enjoying a delicious picnic spread within sight of the crashing waves.
Speaking of snacking, the park has a tasty secret: blueberry thickets. If you know where to look, you can gather up handfuls of the ripe berries to munch while you explore. The blueberry season in this part of the world is quite fleeting, however, so be sure to arrive sometime in the late summer to early fall if you want to sample the sweet bounty of the park.
The park is open year-round. It’s gorgeous in all seasons, though the spring and autumn are particularly beautiful times to visit. There is a small admission fee if you’re not a member of the Trustees, but it’s definitely worth it for access to this lush playground. The 2016 rate for non-members is $8 per person. There are plenty of public bathrooms and parking is available.
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