Bucket List: 7 Winter Adventures in Central Massachusetts


Posted: December 31, 2018

Winter opens the door to new adventures to discover. lce skating, tubing, ice fishing, and skiing - it's all possible in Central Massachusetts. We have mountains, lakes, and the natural landscapes to host your next winter adventure. So add these 7 adventures to your winter bucket list and have the best winter ever!

01. Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride

Salem Cross Inn in West Brookfield will prepare you a 1700's feast in their historic inn. While your dinner is cooking to perfection, enjoy a horse drawn wagon or sleigh ride through the valley on the Inn’s pristine 600 acres. Shake off the chill with warm mulled wine or cider upon your return. +Learn More.


02. Snowshoeing

A wonderful way to explore the woods on foot, Mass Audubon's Broad Meadow Brook Sanctuary has everything you need for a snowshoe adventure. Rent snowshoes from multiple Central Mass locations and participate in guided tours like the Snowshoe Walk or Winter Hike, Snowshoeing For Families, and Full Moon Owl and Wildlife Prowl. Learn More.


03. Ice Fishing

The Greene Outdoors, offers guided fishing adventures and will take you to the best lakes and ponds in Central Massachusetts for an action packed ice fishing experience. Start the adventure off with a hot breakfast and escape from the cold in the comfort of their insulated Eskimo shanty anytime you please. Learn More.


04. Tubing

You don't have to go far from the city for a thrilling tubing adventure in Central Mass. Ski Ward in Shrewsbury, less than 10 miles outside of Worcester, has everything you need for an awesome tubing adventure with 8 tubing lanes, 2 lifts and 200 tubes. + Learn More.


05. Winter Garden at Tower Hill*

Warmth, peace and tranquility can be found year round in the Winter Garden at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, located in Boylston. Protected from wind and extreme temperatures, the Winter Garden showcases plants that are at their best during the colder months. The garden features several thousand spring-blooming bulbs, shrubs, trees and low-maintenance perennials. + Learn More.

*Take note that Tower Hill is closed in January for maintenance.


06. Skiing 

Our winter bucket list wouldn't be complete without a trip down the mountain. Wachusett Mountain in Princeton accommodates advanced, intermediate, and beginners alike, and boasts a vertical of 1,000 feet. Learn More.


07.  Ice Skating

Lace up those skates, and head to the ice! Located in the heart of downtown, steps from Worcester City Hall and the Theatre District, The Oval at Worcester Common is a favorite wintertime experience that visitors of all ages can enjoy! The 12,000-square-foot rink is 4,000 square feet larger than the rink at New York City's Rockefeller Center, offering visitors a fun and affordable skating experience! Outfitted with piped-in music and holiday lights, the rink also includes skate rentals and concessions. Learn More.