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Massachusetts mountains and nature centers are primed for outdoor adventure

The beauty of nature in the Berkshires Mountains of western Massachusetts – think, for example, of the views from Mount Greylock – gets the heart racing, especially for people who love to throw themselves into the outdoors to play. Ski mountains in the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley will keep the whole family – from kids to grandparents – busy and tired during cold-weather and warm-weather vacations. Naturally, the ski areas will have snow sports and lessons and rentals. In the summer and fall foliage seasons, come to enjoy zip lines and canopy tours and other aerial adventures, mountain coasters and mountain biking, white water rafting, and water sports. Tired muscles? It is not hard to find a spa with massage and fitness rooms, and game rooms for the kids.

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Mountain Biking 500x250 - Berkshire East Mountain Resort - Charlemont, MA
Berkshire East Mountain Resort

66 Thunder Mountain Road Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 413-339-6617

Intense skiing, zipping, rafting, and biking adventures

Whatever your outdoor pleasure, it can be found here: from skiing and snowboarding to tubing, zip lines, white water rafting, and downhill mountain biking. Jump aboard North America’s longest mountain coaster, or strap yourself into one of USA Today’s Top Ten Zip Lines in the United States. Fly above the tree tops at New England's largest zip destination with an introductory Base Tour and a more advanced Mountain Top Tour, and see fabulous views of the valley. The extreme Valley Jump has two half-mile-long zips that rise nearly 200 feet above the ground. Families, bring your kids and play. There are lessons, instructions, and equipment rentals, a family friendly lodging, and the Crazy Horse Bar and Grill for lunch or dinner.
Zoar Outdoor Whitewater Charlemont MA
Zoar Outdoor

Route 2 (Mohawk Trail) Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 800-532-7483

Fun, fun, fun are the watchwords at this experienced outdoor center

Since 1989, Zoar Outdoor has been providing exhilarating New England adventures for all ages. We can honestly say we offer you one-of-a-kind experiences on land, water – and in the air! Plunge over whitewater rapids on a beautiful river, fly through a Berkshires forest on a zip line canopy tour, or rent a stand-up paddleboard and survey the wildlife from your perch on a serene lake. From our adventure center in Wilmington, Vt., explore the Green Mountains via snowshoes, cross-country skis or mountain bike. To really experience the great outdoors, stay with us in Western Massachusetts at one of our five tent sites or 11 cabin tents or in our Hawk Mountain Lodge. No matter your level of experience, we have an outdoor activity you will love and instructors and guides to make it safe as well as fun.
John Adams Homestead - Discover Quincy - Quincy, MA
Discover Quincy

Adams National Historical Park Visitor Center - 1250 Hancock Street Quincy, MA, 02169 Phone: 617-770-1175

Revel in this city’s history, recreation spots and natural surroundings

With 27 miles of coastline, including 11 beautiful beaches and miles of trails bordering rivers and marshes, Quincy is all about the outdoors. But there’s plenty of fun away from the water, too, since the city also boasts 52 parks, three golf courses, baseball fields, tennis and bocce courts, bike and jogging trails and a plethora of picnic places. Launch your boat off the public ramp at Houghs Neck Maritime Center, pitch your umbrella on spacious Wollaston Beach, go birding or rock-climbing at Blue Hills Reservation or check out the Boston skyline from the Neponset River Walk. Even the city’s history is outdoors, including a Native American campsite at Moswetuset Hummock and the site where Abigail Adams watched the Battle of Bunker Hill.
Exterior with Sign Red Lion Inn Stockbridge Massachusetts
Red Lion Inn

30 Main Street Stockbridge, MA, 01262 Phone: 413-298-5545

With the inn as you base camp, get out & enjoy natural New England!

What can you do in the Berkshires with the historic Red Lion inn as your rallying point? Everything! You can hike up breathtaking mountain trails in the summer and ski down those slopes in the winter. You can go horseback riding, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, snowshoeing, snowboarding. You can ask for racquets and balls at the inn’s front desk and play tennis at one of the town’s four courts or go golfing at the private Stockbridge Golf Club where guests have playing privileges. Bikes can be delivered to the inn so you can cycle through town. You can visit the meticulously restored Hancock Shaker Village or the Berkshire Botanical Garden’s 15 acres. Then come back to the inn and relax in the outdoor pool and hot tub.
Exterior Porches Inn at MASS MoCA North Adams Massachusetts
Porches Inn at MASS MoCA

231 River Street North Adams, MA, 01247 Phone: 413-664-0400

Explore the great outdoors from your perch at the Porches Inn

Art is all around you at the Porches Inn at MASS MoCA, but not just in museums. There is artistic beauty in the natural world, too, and you can enjoy it by taking a short drive to five ski areas, a dozen golf courses and several state and local parks. Snowmobile to the summit of Massachusetts’ highest peak (you can see for 90 miles) at Mount Greylock State Reservation, hike a part of the famous Appalachian Trail or walk above and through a breathtaking quarter-mile chasm at Natural Bridge State Park, featuring the only natural white marble arch in North America. Depending on the season, you can go swimming, boating, fishing, camping, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing, all close to the inn.
Whitewater Splash 500x250 - Crab Apple Whitewater - Charlemont, MA
Crab Apple Whitewater (MA)

Route 2 Charlemont, MA, 01339 Phone: 800-553-7238

Family Owned and Operated Whitewater Rafting Outfitter

Add whitewater rafting to your outdoor adventures this year. Crab Apple offers outings on the Deerfield River in Massachusetts and the Kennebec and Dead Rivers in Maine. You’ll enjoy full day rafting trips on mild Class 1-3 rapids or more aggressive Class 3-4 rapids. Or take a mild half-day trip in guided rafts or inflatable kayaks. Friendly and knowledgeable guides share information and stories about local history, wildlife and hydrology all with a personal touch. There’s great food and excellent equipment. Maine location includes riverside lodging, pub and heated pool. Massachusetts location sits along historic Mohawk Trail.
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort Family Activities Hancock MA
Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort

37 Corey Road -- Route 43 Hancock, MA, 01237 Phone: 413-738-5500 Toll-Free: 800-882-8859

Great outdoor family fun is live and active over four seasons

Jiminy Peak Mountain’s four-season resort offers lodging, shopping, and dining in the Village Center and Country Inn, plus an outdoor heated swimming pool, the In-Touch Day Spa, fitness room, game room, and more. It’s also home to the largest ski and snowboard resort in southern New England. Forty-five trails and nine lifts cater to skiers of all skill levels, and three terrain parks provide rails and jibs for new and experienced park riders. Enjoy outdoor summer fun with a double dose at the adjacent Mountain Adventure Park and Aerial Adventure Park, and plan some activity at the Soaring Eagle Zip Ride and Mountain Segway Tours. This wonderful family place offers memorable mountain resort experiences with outstanding service in remarkably beautiful surroundings.
Little Harbor Boathouse Kayaks Marblehead MA
Little Harbor Boathouse Kayak - SUP - Fish

40 Doaks Lane Marblehead, MA, 01945 Phone: 781-990-3552

Get fit and learn new skills on Marblehead harbor

This warm weather outdoor fun place offers unique adventures on the water in scenic Marblehead. Get fit, learn new skills, improve your balance and confidence all summer long. through relays, board/boat swapping, capsize and rescue and other activities. Season passes run from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend and include programs for every age. Like having a gym membership, you’ll have on-site access to the entire fleet of sit-on-top single and double kayaks and standup paddle boards. There are also special guided sunrise paddles, birthday parties, cove destination treasure hunts, team building activities, snorkeling, swimming, fishing and eco-awareness. Guided Fly Fishing Charters and a Kids Kayak Fishing Camp teach the skills and gear necessary to be a successful angler.