playground

Stage Fort Park Playground

Stage Fort Park Playground – 24 Hough Avenue, Gloucester MA Highlights: This playground sits in a park that could provide an entire morning or afternoon of fun. There are two beaches, plenty of picnic space, and several places for scenic photo-ops. Bummers: There was clearly an old metal playground here before the new one was built, and nobody has […] Read more…

Drummond Playground

Drummond Playground – 33 Johnson Street, North Andover Highlights: Drummond is centrally located, being just a couple of blocks from the town common, so there are almost always other kids there to play with. It’s also right next to the fire station, so the kids are front and center to watch anytime the trucks go […] 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…

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…

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…

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…