Pick #1: 53rd Annual Gem and Mineral Show
APRIL 30 and MAY 1, 2016
The Topsfield Fair Grounds, Route 1 Topsfiend, Ma.
Pick #2: 8-Mile Hike “The Long Way Around” at the Crane Estate
A little pricier than most of my picks, but what a great opportunity for a beautiful day spent outside before the weather gets too hot.
Saturday, April 30th 10:00-2:00 $28 for members and $35 for nonmembers
This hike explores the wild wonders of the Crane Estate! We’ll launch our long walk at the Cedar Point Trail and follow it to the Ipswich River, then meander along the beach and through seldom-traveled paths to the trailhead at the Crane Wildlife Refuge. We’ll wander the dunes to Essex Bay, then make our way along the backside of Crane Beach to reach the Essex River. A bag lunch will be delivered to us at the approximate halfway point, and will give us the sustenance we’ll need to finish the hike! Come prepared for a leisurely long-way-around walk of about 8 miles.
Pick #3: The Arnold Arboretum
Although I haven’t been in a couple of year, I truly LOVE this place. Such a gorgeous slice of heaven, right within the city limits, that makes you feel as though you are miles and miles from it all. With more than 280 acres to explore, you’ll certainly be able to make a day of it.
Explore on your own or take a guided tour throughout the property
This Saturday also brings the event, “Maples, Roses, and More (Oh, My!)”
1:00-2:30pm, April 30, 2016 Arnold Arboretum
Arboretum Guided Tour
Experience the Arboretum in a new way–take a free guided tour with a knowledgeable volunteer docent. Tour topics range from Highlights and History to Landscape for Learning and special themes on Olmsted, Arboretum collections, and more.
For more information and possible cancellations due to weather, call the Visitor Center at 617 384-5209.Location: Hunnewell Building, unless otherwise publicized.
Tours last around 90 minutes, and are geared toward adults. There is no need to register.
The general free tour season runs from April 16 through October 30, 2016. We offer tours Saturdays at 10:30am, and Sundays at 1:00pm. Additional 10:30am weekday tours are offered on Mondays and Thursdays, late April through June, September and October, except holidays.
As always, for a more comprehensive list of family activities, please visit our friends at North Shore Kid