Swasey Field

Highlights: This is a big, pretty park with a large well-kept playground and a cute splash pad separated by a rock wall. The sloping field makes for an enticing picnic spot. Bummers: There was a gang and drug related shooting here in May 2016 during a little league game. We had not heard about this when we visited […] Read more…

Shedd Park

Shedd Park – 433 Rogers Street Lowell, MA Highlights: This is a newer playground with lots of space to run around and structures suited for younger and older kids. Bummers: The splash pad is only open on weekends until July, which is stupid considering how hot the weekdays in June can be, and how short […] Read more…

Cedarland AMAZEment

Cedarland AMAZEment Action Playcenter – 888 Boston Road, Haverhill MA What it is: Cedarland AMAZEment is a large indoor play space within the Cedardale complex Cost: Infants FREE, 12-23 months $5.95,  2-12 years old $8.95. Cedardale members $5.99. Parents play free with children. What to Know: There is an arcade area that requires extra money for […] Read more…

Moseley Woods

Moseley Woods – 28 Spofford St., Newburyport (tip: entrance is directly off of the rotary) Highlights: The giant dinosaur “fossil” was the motivation for our visit to this park. Kids can walk under it and climb on it. In addition to a swingset and a playground structure with slides there is also a zip-line and a nice wide walking […] Read more…

Salisbury Beach

Salisbury Beach – State Reservation Road, Salisbury MA Salisbury Beach is Hampton Beach’s next-door neighbor to the south. It’s “boardwalk” area is much smaller but equally tacky and filled with junk food vendors and arcade games. The beach is accessible at the boardwalk and there is some metered street parking, as well as a pay […] Read more…

Half Moon Beach

Half Moon Beach is a tiny shaded crescent of sand located at the bottom of a hill inside of Stage Fort Park. The water is calm, and the sand is coarse and light brown. It is incredibly picturesque and probably fun for very small kids or babies, but there isn’t much to see or do. […] Read more…

Wolf Hollow

Wolf Hollow – 114 Essex Road, Ipswich MA What it is: Wolf Hollow is a non-profit educational conservation organization that offers an interactive one-hour presentation where visitors can observe the sanctuary’s resident wolf pack from seats in a covered pavilion. Basically you get to see the presenters feed the wolves and the wolves play while […] Read more…

Crane Beach

Crane Beach is both a place for recreation and conservation. It is a huge, miles-long beach accessed by wooden walkways that extend over the dunes, which are home to the nearly endangered piping plover bird. There are 5 miles of hiking trails (download a trail map). The property is managed by a conservation organization called The […] Read more…

Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm

What it is: The Vintage Bazaar at Pettengill Farm is a bi-annual 2-day event where antique and vintage dealers come to sell their wares. You’ll also find handmade clothing, jewelry and fine art for sale, as well as plants and flowers. There is a stage for musical performances, a few food vendors, and an area […] Read more…

Lt. Ross Park

Highlights: This playground is really two playgrounds. The brightly colored plastic and metal equipment is the Adventures for Angels playground, which is accessible (find more accessible playground listings HERE) and very toddler-friendly. Behind it, and connected by an opening in the fence, is a larger space with two wooden structures. One structure is suitable for school-aged […] Read more…

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