The idea of spending a day in a park in summer is lovely - wandering through the big leafy trees, fishing on the banks of the pond, or getting out on to the water in your own canoe. Kids can run and play with the leaves in Fall, or smell the flowers in spring, and enjoy their lunch on the grass in summer. But what about winter? Time to stay indoors?
We don't think so!
Borderland State Park is a great all year round park, so no need to avoid it in the winter months. Spend the day ice-skating or sledding on the frozen waters, all rugged up in your big fluffy jackets and gloves!
The park is one of the most historically significant pieces of land owned publicly in the Commonwealth, so there is a great history there to explore, which might fascinate the kids.
The estate on the grounds is a stunning ivy-covered three-storey mansion built in 1910, and all twenty rooms look quite the same as they did when they were lived in! Can you imagine the kind of people that would have lived there, as you walk around looking at their house? Can you imagine living like they did?
They hold scheduled tours so you can really learn about the history and imagine the past.
In the summer, there are beautiful dragonflies and damselflies to enjoy, even live turtles in the six (yes six!) ponds they have on the grounds, so it's a great place for kids to try and find these little creatures hiding in the woodland!
There are over 20 miles of hiking trails, which range in difficulty, and a lovely 3 mile biking loop for families.
Mansion Tours are available on the third Sunday of the month between April and November, from 1pm to 3pm, at a cost of $3 for adults. Group tours are available on weekdays by appointment.
As there are no restaurants or stores within three miles of the park entrance, you might want to bring your own picnic lunch. There is a lovely picnic area near the Visitors Center, as well as restrooms, water and a drinks machine. Groups of 20 must obtain a permit.
The grounds are located about 3 miles from the center of Sharon, and about 20 miles from Boston.
If you are coming from Boston, take the SE expressway to Rt 128 N and then Rte 95 S. Take exit 10 then a left at the end of the ramp and follow the road a few miles to the traffic lights at Sharon Center. Go straight then bear right just after the intersection onto Pond St. continue to a traffic rotary and go half way around onto Massapoag Ave, then 3 miles later you are there!
There is a $2 parking fee.
Schools and Groups are requested to contact the park in advance to arrange access and program logistics.
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