National Parks / Natural World in GARDNER with kids

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.

  • 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!

  • Natural Bridge State Park

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    (56 miles) North Adams

    Visit the ONLY naturally formed white marble arch in the whole of the USA - right in Massachusetts!

  • 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.

  • 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 ...

  • 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.

  • Wolcott Park and Spray Pad

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    (70 miles) West Hartford

    Great park with a new summer splash pad offering interactive play features in New Hartford...and it's FREE!

  • RecPlex Park and Spray Park

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    (71 miles) Colchester

    Fun family park with sporting complexes, and a popular splash park! Great family fun in Colchester!

  • 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

    A scenic and historic Massachusetts park, great for hiking, picnicking, exploring and playing in the wading pool. Perfect for active families, anglers, horseback riders!

  • 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 ...

  • Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park

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    (77 miles) Portland

    Activities include Swimming, Wakeboarding, Cliff Jumping, Zip Lines, Rock Climbing, Land-based Obstacle Courses, Scuba Diving and Kayaking.

  • Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park

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    (77 miles) Woodstock

    Walk through one of Vermont's most beautiful landscapes, under the shade of sugar maples and 400-year-old hemlocks, across covered bridges and alongside rambling stone walls. This is a landscape of ...

  • Fort Wetherill State Park

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    (82 miles) Jamestown

    Fort Wetherill State Park, situated upon 100 foot high granite cliffs across the water from Fort Adams State Park, is a former coastal defense battery and training camp.

  • Beavertail State Park

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    (83 miles) Jamestown

    Beavertail State Park, located in Jamestown, Rhode Island, is known for offering some of the most beautiful vistas along the New England coastline.

  • Burlingame State Park

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    (83 miles) Charlestown

    This very popular state recreation area offers 50 fireplaces, toilets, drinking water, a swimming beach and a nearby DEM boat launch for boating and fishing.

  • Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

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    (84 miles) Holderness

    Open meadows, mature forests, and marsh boardwalks connect interactive natural exhibits where native animals reside: black bears, mountain lions, raptors, river otters, bobcats, and more. Spend a day ...

  • Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center

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    (84 miles) Mystic

    We are a combination wildlife sanctuary, visitor attraction and educational facility. The Center features all-new exhibits highlighting the habitats and wildlife of southeastern Connecticut, as well ...

  • Norman Bird Sanctuary

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    (84 miles) Middletown

    Norman Bird Sanctuary constitutes the largest area of preserved open space in Newport County. A wildlife refuge, NBS encompasses over 300 acres and 7 miles of trails that wind through a diversity of ...

  • Fort Adams State Park

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    (84 miles) Newport

    Situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor, Fort Adams State Park offers an exceptional panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.

  • White Memorial Conservation Center

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    (86 miles) Litchfield

    A fascinating education center and nature museum set within 4,000 acres of Connecticut hills.