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Summer's here!

      Outdoor fun is part of the healthy chiropractic lifestyle!

 Summer is a great time to get outdoors, absorb vitamin D from the sun and get some exercise too.

Here is a list of Central Mass family-friendly fun ideas!

  1. Tougas Farm-Pick your own fruit, Petting Zoo and Ice Cream Kitchen-Northboro, MA

At Tougas Family Farm the whole family can pick from a variety of fruits during the summer months including blueberries, cherries, raspberries and peaches.  The little ones can play on the playground, pet the baby goats and enjoy an ice cream.  Fruit availability and pricing varies, so it’s best to check their website at www.tougasfarm.com or call their picking line at (508)393-6406.

  1. Lake Chauncy-Westboro, MA (Westboro and Northboro residents only)

If you love the beach, but don’t want to drive an hour to get there we are lucky to have Lake Chauncy conveniently located right on Lyman St. in Westboro.  It’s a great clean place to take the kids for swimming and playing in the sand.  There are lifeguards, bathrooms and usually an appearance by the ice cream truck. $2 per person or summer passes are available from the town halls.

  1. 3.       Assabet River Rail Trail-Wilkens St. Hudson, MA-Biking, Walking or Running

If you’re looking to incorporate some fitness in your outdoor activities, biking is a great family activity.  This 5.6 mile long paved trail, which has a good combination of shade and sun, is ideal for all levels of bikers, runners or walkers. With the exception of a couple of road crossings, there is no need to worry about riding on the road with traffic. For more information go to: www.traillink.com/trail/assabet-river-rail-trail-.aspx.

  1. 4.       Davis Farmland-Sterling, MA

The kids will love the many animals and activities Davis farm has to offer.  There is a playground as well as picnicking areas so bring your lunch and make a day of it!  For hours and rates please go to: www.davisfarmland.com or call (978)422-MOOO (6666).

  1. 5.       Mt. Wachusett-Princeton, MA-Hiking or Walking

Mt. Wachusett has over 17 hiking and walking trails for all levels and abilities.  There are kid/beginner level trails and if you’re looking for a challenge, you can hike to the 2,006 ft. summit, The 3,000-acre Wachusett Mountain State Reservation natural resources include forests, alpine meadows, ponds, streams, fields, and even a perched bog.  Recreational opportunities abound at the reservation including hiking, nature study, hawk watching, and picnicking.  For more information go to: www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/central/wach.htm.

  1. 6.       Hopkinton State Park-Rte. 85 Hopkinton, MA 

Hopkinton State Park offers a variety of recreational activities, including 2 life-guarded beaches, 10 miles of trails, stocked fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and picnicking areas.  Pets on a leash are allowed as well.  For more information please go to: www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/northeast/hpsp.htm.  To inquire about boat rentals call (508)435-4303.

  1. 7.       The Butterfly Place-Westford, MA

The Butterfly Place is an indoor garden with hundreds of freely-flying butterflies.  Learn all about different butterfly species and their journey from caterpillar to butterfly.  Bring your lunch to enjoy in their outdoor picnicking area.  For more information go to: www.butterflyplace-ma.com or call (978)392-0955.

  1. 8.       Breezy Picnic Grounds Waterslides-Douglas, MA

A family owned recreational facility, Breezy Picnic Grounds offers 3 300’ waterslides, swimming in Whitins Reservoir, and beautiful picnic areas.  For pricing and hours go to: www.breezysummer.com or call (508)476-2664.

  1. 9.          Southwick’s Zoo-Mendon, MA

Southwick’s Zoo offers a wide variety of exhibits that enable visitors to get a close up view of the animals in a naturalistic setting. Southwick’s Zoo is home to over a hundred species of animals from around the world!  With many picnic areas and snack bars available, plan to enjoy lunch and spend the day.  For hours and rates go to: www.southwickszoo.com.

  1. 10.   Community Harvest Project-Grafton, MA

Brigham Hill Community Farm in Grafton is home to Community Harvest Project, a volunteer farming organization who provide fresh fruits and vegetables to local food banks to help put an end to hunger in the Central Mass area.  Adults and children can volunteer to plant and harvest various fruits and vegetables and know that they are making a difference in the lives of others.  To learn how you can volunteer contact: www.community-harvest.org.

  1. 11.   Get Adjusted Regularly!

Regular chiropractic care ensures that your body is healthy and energetic for enjoying summer fun!

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