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National Parks / Natural World in GARDNER

The world has some incredible natural wonders, and luckily for you, Gardner has some incredible places to visit with kids right on your doorstep….and you won’t want to forget your camera!

The national and state parks in and around Gardner, Massachusetts offer an incredible variety of experiences for children.  Some parks protect a unique and diverse wilderness, teeming with wildlife which is always a thrill for kids!

Some parks protect incredible fascinating and significant historical sites, where the family can go back in time through American history…who says the learning as to stop on a family day out!

Even the city of Gardner itself has smaller parks perfect for a quick trip into nature.  You don’t even need to leave the city to have that park experience - and kids LOVE them!

Shut those televisions off and put those computer games away….the great outdoors is calling and it’s calling YOU!

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  • Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

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    (26 miles) Worcester

    The largest urban wildlife sanctuary in New England is ready for the family! With over 400 acres and trails through fields, streams, woods and marsh, it's a fun day out in nature and wildlife.

  • Pillsbury State Park

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    (45 miles) Washington

    One of the more primitive gems in New Hampshire, this state park is filled with wildlife, from moose to loons, historic attractions as well as hiking trails and kayaking.

  • Molly Stark State Park

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    (46 miles) Wilmington

    The park has open lawn areas, woods, and Mt. Olga rising to the east where there is an old fire tower with spectacular views. The area is very popular during the fall foliage season for its colors, ...

  • Pulaski Memorial Recreation Area

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    (46 miles) Glocester

    Located within the 4000 acre George Washington Management Area, the 100 acre Pulaski Memorial Recreation Area is a "day use" facility offering users a multitude of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.

  • World War II State Park

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    (47 miles) Woonsocket

    Facilities and Activities include: Pavilion, Picnic Tables, Tennis courts, Horseshoe Courts, Shuffleboard Court, Playground, Volleyball Courts, Bandstand, Picnicking, Tennis, Volleyball, Horseshoes, ...

  • Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary

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    (47 miles) Norfolk

    Beautiful forests, lush wetlands and peaceful fields...a great day out in nature in the stunning outdoors of Massachusetts.

  • Boston National Historic Park

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    (50 miles) Boston

    Tells the story of the events that led to the American Revolution and the Navy that kept the nation strong. Junior Ranger packs for kids plus tours and talks.

  • Horse Listeners Orchard

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    (51 miles) Asford

    The Orchard offers Guided Orchard Walking Tours and Adopt-A-Tree by Appointment.Pick Your Own apples, peaches and blueberries. See the bee hive, sheep, chickens and horses on your way for a family ...

  • Lincoln Woods State Park

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    (55 miles) Lincoln

    One of Blackstone Valley's great treasures, this popular New England getaway offers swimming, fishing, jogging, horseback riding, and the beach!

  • Salem Maritime National Historic Site

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    (57 miles) Salem

    The Salem Maritime National Historic Site consists of 12 historic structures and about 9 acres of land along the waterfront in Salem, Massachusetts, plus a Visitor Center in downtown Salem.

  • Natural Bridge State Park

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    (57 miles) North Adams

    Discover a geologic wonder at this 48 acre park. Examine the only naturally formed white marble arch and man-made white marble dam in North America, and tour an abandoned marble quarry.

  • Snake Den State Park

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    (57 miles) Johnston

    The 1000 acre undeveloped property boasts self-guided walking trails, beautiful trees, flowers and plants and also a working farm. In the fall, the foliage at Snake Den is something to behold. ...

  • Western Gateway Heritage State Park

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    (57 miles) North Adams

    A former railroad yard, this urban park uses historical artifacts and exhibits to bring to life the controversial and danger-filled construction of the Hoosac Tunnel, one of the greatest engineering ...

  • Henderson Swasey Trail Network

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    (60 miles) Exeter

    Well established trail system that provides a number of outdoor opportunities, including cross-country skiing, running and jogging, hiking, orienteering, mountain biking and snowshoeing. It is a ...

  • Ames Nowell State Park

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    (62 miles) Abington

    A beautiful way to get the kids out into nature, popular with boaters and fisherman. Great for hiking, picnicking, canoeing and biking.

  • Daniel Webster Birthplace

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    (63 miles) Franklin

    The Daniel Webster Birthplace State Historic Site is associated with the birth and early childhood years of Daniel Webster, one of our country's most respected orators and statesmen. While the site ...

  • Franklin Falls Dam

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    (63 miles) Franklin

    A beautiful area in New Hampshire stretching along the Pemigewasset River, with fun activities like canoeing, fishing and snowmobiling.

  • Haines Memorial State Park

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    (64 miles) East Providence

    features a handicap accessible boat ramp, restrooms, and game fields which are available for rent.

  • Fuller Gardens

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    (68 miles) North Hampton

    Fuller Gardens is a public display garden, located on the ocean, that features over 1700 rose bushes of hundreds of varieties, formal English perennial borders, Japanese Garden and Koi pond, annual ...

  • Roaring Brook Nature Center

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    (68 miles) Canton

    We offer a year-round schedule of educational programs for all ages. These programs range from week-long summer experiences to our school-year Discovery Days series for students.

  • Goddard Memorial State Park

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    (70 miles) Warwick

    Goddard Park attracts thousands of visitors each year as Rhode Island's most popular Metropolitan Park.

  • Colt State Park

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    (72 miles) Bristol

    464 acres of drives, lawns and stone walls along one of Rhode Island's most incredible shorelines. The "Gem" of the State Parks System!

  • Seacoast Science Center

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    (73 miles) Rye

    The Seacoast Science Center is a "must see" for anyone wishing to discover the natural treasures and rich history of coastal New Hampshire. The Center's dramatic seaside setting, interpretive ...

  • Freetown Fall River State Forest

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    (74 miles) Assonet

    Beautiful and vast this is a scenic and historic site great for hiking, picnicking, exploring and playing in the wading pool. Hunters, anglers, horseback and mountain bike riders are all welcome.

  • Quechee State Park

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    (76 miles) White River Junction

    Quechee Recreation Area is a large park spread out over a vast area. It is unique in that 611 acres of the park are not owned by the state, but leased from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The tract ...

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