850 Hingham St.
Rockland, MA 02370
Phone: (781) 982-1000
Fax: (781) 982-9935
This stadium opened in 2002 and has a capacity of over 6000. While the park is not very impressive and everything seems to be made of tin, (even the luxury boxes!!) the red seats seem a nice change from the usually mundane green ones. Still, this minor league park has something new to offer . . . No Mascots! Okay, you're not getting something completely innovative but it's uncommon these days. So, head down to Campanelli Stadium and cheer the current team, Brockton Rox, and if you feel like you are in a cheap place, it's okay. You are!
Established in 2003, Granite Links has been consistently ranked among some of the best golf courses in the country. Spread out over 450 acres (182.11 hectares), the 27-hole championship course offers a challenging game for all skill levels. The course is host to the prestigious Senior LPGA Legends Golf Tour as well as the BJ's Charity Championship. Facilities at the club include a pro-shop as well as an expansive clubhouse with a restaurant and excellent meeting facilities. Check website for more.
The Ponkapoad Camp of Appalachian Mountain Club is a monumental camp site. Originated and established by the renowned Appalachian Mountain Club, the campsite is a stellar adventure avenue for all enthusiasts. Built in 1920, the camp is open throughout the year. It makes way for an array of summer activities that are way too enthralling. The camp site stands listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area is made up of 34 islands and peninsulas. This pristine area covers roughly 1,600 acres (647 hectares) and offers visitors a unique Boston experience. A wide range of recreational activities are available, from beach side camping, kayaking, swimming, hiking and fishing to touring old lighthouses, exploring Fort Warren or enjoying a clambake. To visit the islands, visitors hop on the harbor ferries that depart from Quincy, Hingham, Downtown Boston and Hull. Park rangers are usually on board and call tell you which are the best islands to visit.
George's Island is the major island in the Boston Harbor Island National Recreation Area, a park comprised of 10 islands that is managed by a coalition of federal, state and city agencies. Accessible only by private boat or a 45-minute ferry ride from Long Wharf, this island features hiking trails, picnic areas and the remains of a Civil War-era fort. From here, a free water taxi can shuttle you to the other islands in the park. This island does have restrooms and a snack bar, but it's wise to bring provisions if you plan to island-hop. There are around 150 free events during the summer! Open daily from 9a.
Glide down the slopes of the Great Blue Hill, at the Blue Hills Ski Area, located within the Blue Hills Reservation. The facility comprises several trails catering to skiers of all capabilities. The picturesque mountains make for a great backdrop as you take a thrilling 309 feet (94 meter) drop on trail. The area offers ski rental and also has other facilities like the Terrain Park for the more extreme skiers as well as the Snow Sports Center where you can take lessons. Check website for more.
The Brewster's Island is a three-acre expanse of land that is a Coast Guard navigational aid. Climb the 76 stairs and the two ladders to reach the top of the Boston Light on the island, which is the oldest running lighthouse in the country. Cruise out to this island for some adventure but make sure you don't take your pets along as they are not permitted here.
Whether you want to hone your sporting skills or just watch others in action, head to the Clark Athletic Center. You can shoot some hoops, or do some laps at the swimming pool. There are athletic tracks as well as a hockey field. Enjoy ice skating in the Winter; and in spring and summer, you can check out the sailing program.
The Massachusetts Audubon society transformed the former Boston State Hospital into a urban sanctuary with miles of wheelchair-accessible trails ideal for hiking and bird watching. The George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center on the sanctuary grounds offers weekly environmental education programs for local school children. The center is considered one of the greenest buildings in Boston and strives to teach environmental sustainability to all visitors. Rather than charge for admission the sanctuary kindly asks for a donation instead.
Franklin Park Zoo has numerous habitats with exotic animals from all over the globe, including a tropical forest with gorillas, warthogs, tapirs and bats. Hit the Outback Trail to view kangaroos, wallabies, emus and cockatoos. Exciting encounters with lions, zebras, ostriches, snow leopards and butterflies are also possible. The Franklin Farm exhibit features a petting zoo for children and a chicken hatchery. Check website for more
A swath of rolling green hills and trees, this 18-hole golf course is situated in a pleasant residential section of the city. The course was designed by Donald Ross and has been selected in various polls as one of the top public golf clubs in the country. The large fleet of golf carts almost ensures that one will be available for you, and you can stock up on tees and gear at the pro shop. You can also enjoy the snack bar or retire to the clubhouse after a day spent in the sun.
This gorgeous, 18-hole public golf course is located in a park that was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Run by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, the course has some tricky sand traps dotting the manicured grounds. Register at the pro shop, stock up at the snack bar, and head out for a few hours of golf. When you're done, relax in the clubhouse and rub elbows with the regulars. Golf carts are available for rental. Course is open year-round, except when there is snow on the ground.