When the season heats up, blue spaces across the region offer a welcome reprieve.
Lake Quinsigamond and Webster Lake are two of the most notable waterways to grace Central Massachusetts—the former known as an internationally recognized regatta course with accompanying picnic area, swimming beach and tennis courts, and the latter as a tranquil natural asset for swimming, boating and kayaking. A notable Webster Lake adventure can be found at Indian Ranch, the renowned concert and event venue. Boat rides on a historic paddlewheel boat, the Indian Princess, allow you to cruise along in a replica of the riverboats from the Mississippi River in the late 19th century. For more boating and swimming adventures, discover the likes of Mendon Town Beach, Grafton’s Silver Lake or several state park areas (think: Rutland State Park, Spencer State Forest and Wallum Lake). The region’s natural beauty piques uniquely in every season, so be sure to check out our geocaching article for a glimpse of it all.
Although no swimming is allowed in the reservoirs at Wachusett or Quabbin, their beauty is appealing enough to get you there. Wachusett Reservoir and Reservation Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boylston, that features beautiful wildflowers and is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips and birding. With a picnic area and boat rentals, the Quabbin Reservoir is another worthwhile stop in your warm-weather journeys.
Pictured: Rice City Dam in Uxbridge / Photo Credited to Norm Eggert
The Blackstone River Valley is not only a site for bike paths, kayaking and nature walks, it’s also bustling with history—known as the birthplace of the American Industrial Revolution. The Blackstone River runs 46 impressive miles from Worcester to Pawtucket (Rhode Island) eventually emptying into Providence's Narragansett Bay.
Worcester recently invested substantial efforts into its parks, playgrounds, pools and beaches, which is gloriously spotlighted at the spray park at Cristoforo Colombo (East Park) as well as Greenwood Spray Park. It’s a perfect place to take the kiddos, open each day at noon, beginning July 1 through Labor Day.
A family-owned spot in the heart of Douglas, Breezy Picnic Grounds also caters to families for splash-time fun—from swimming in the clear Whitin Reservoir to riding the waterslides. The grounds are suitable for outdoor eating, so you can pack your lunch or head to the snack bar whenever you need to refuel. Photo from breezysummer.com