McEvoy Playground

Highlights: This is a small, new playground set back from the road. Bummers: The playground-length zip line, while awesome, means you’ll constantly be snatching your toddler out of the path of another child who is about to crash into them at high speed. A bit more adult seating would be handy, too. What’s Nearby: North Andover Main Street […] Read more…

North Andover Early Childhood Center

Highlights: This is a nice fully enclosed playground with equipment sized specifically for the preschool crowd. Bummers: It’s a public school playground so it is open for public use only after school (we usually go around 4pm), on weekends, and in the summer. What’s Nearby: The back exit of the playground opens out to the […] Read more…

Lower Shawsheen Playground

Highlights: There are almost always a few kids at this playground because of it’s residential location, so my daughter likes it a lot. There are structures suitable for new walkers all the way up to pre-teens, and the track is a great place to jog with a stroller or let the kids practice riding their […] Read more…

Penguin Park

Highlights: Penguin Park has its flaws, but it was definitely our favorite when we had a young toddler. It’s littered with Little Tikes ride-on vehicles and dump truck toys in various states of disrepair for the little kids to push, ride and fill with bark mulch even when they’re too small to enjoy the other equipment.  The park […] Read more…

Ingaldsby Farm

Ingaldsby Farm – 14 Washington Street, Boxford MA Animals: Peacocks, chickens, goats, sheep, rabbits. Food: Inside the store you can get coffee, fresh baked goods, sandwiches, packaged cookies, and of course a wide variety of items produced right there on the farm such as produce and eggs. The store also sells refrigerated pre-made food, handmade gift […] Read more…

Boston Hill Farm

 Boston Hill Farm – 1370 Turnpike Street, North Andover MA Animals: Sheep, goats, chickens and rabbits. You can purchase a cup of animal feed inside the store before you head down to visit them. Food: Inside the store you can purchase fresh produce, eggs, Richardson’s milk, and a variety of delicious baked goods, specialty items, handmade products […] Read more…

Don Ball Park

Don Ball Park – Humphrey Road, Derry NH Highlights: Bummers: What’s Nearby: Enclosed: No. Restrooms: During the summer there are real bathrooms in the snack bar building with several stalls each. Year round there are porta-potties up on the hill by the baseball diamond. Seating: Shade: None on the playground, one or two benches are shaded […] Read more…

Smolak Farms

Smolak Farm – 315 South Bradford Street, North Andover MA Animals: The animals (turkeys, chickens, cows, goats, pigs, and peacocks) are located behind the store. It’s free to see the animals, they just ask for a $1 donation that you can leave in a container by the entrance. Food for the animals is in little hand-crank machines nearby […] Read more…

Good Day Cafe

Good Day Cafe – 19 High Street, North Andover MA This counter-service breakfast and lunch spot serves up excellent food, specialty beverages and smoothies. The space is bright and airy with a mix of large and small wooden tables and chairs, as well as a small bar with high stools. Prices are about on par […] Read more…

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