It takes a little creativity and planning to find safe ways to connect with friends and family during the pandemic. Fortunately, many organizations like The Trustees of the Reservations and Art Walk Boston have adjusted their programming to offer engaging options for getting out and having fun.
The Trustees of the Reservations have properties throughout Massachusetts. Programs at various reservations include both COVID safe family-friendly events and adult-oriented activities like Happy Hour Hikes for Beer at Appleton Farms and Scary Movie Night at Rocky Woods. Check the Upcoming Events page for information on Full Moon Spooky Hikes, Pizza Picnics, Snowy Owl Prowls, and Winterlights at the Cabot Bradley Estate. Entries are limited and timed so make reservations well in advance of the event. The Massachusetts Audubon Society also operates many sanctuaries throughout the region and has online family resources such as printable Nature Bingo cards and scavenger hunts to enhance your visit. The Rails-to-Trails Conservancy’s TrailLink website and app contain great info on local walking and biking trails.
Although Beacon Hill Walking Tours has suspended public tours, private tours may be booked in advance. Grab a group of close friends and plan an interesting afternoon exploring the history of Beacon Hill or Back Bay or taking a Women’s History Tour. Art Walks Boston also offers private tours and has a Self-Guided Boston Street Art and Graffiti Tour map posted on its website. Alternatively, challenge yourself to learn a new technique such as street or night photography, and put your new knowledge into action on your own.
For those seeking an adrenaline rush check out the zip line and rope courses at spots like Tree Top Adventures in Canton, which is open Saturdays and Sundays throughout November. Trails for every level from beginner to advance are available for ages seven and above. When the snow starts falling the ten tubing lanes at Ward Hill in Shrewsbury are fun for all levels. For an outdoor winter option closer to Boston check out the skating rinks at Kendall Square and the Snowport Winter Village in the Seaport District, as well as the well-loved Frog Pond on the Boston Common.
Changing the way we do business, learn, and enjoy free time has meant making some adjustments. With a little effort and out-of-the-box thinking, it can also be a chance to discover a new interest or local gem.