Where can we go on school vacation week that is not too far away? I prefer to stay local in this weather.
Gary Jaffarian recommends shopping local and staying local during the cold winter school vacation week. There are so many great places to explore as a family! He has some excellent suggestions on how to have fun outdoors and stay local to experience the best winter has to offer.
Here are some places to visit are less than a half-tank away for the best winter outdoor sports and fun:
Ski Bradford on the Haverhill-Groveland line on South Cross Road in Bradford at (978) 373-0071. Ski Bradford offers night skiing on 60 acres, 15 trails, 3 triple and 6 surface lifts, lessons, a rental shop and terrain park.
Nashoba Valley Ski Area, 79 Power Road, Westford at (978) 692-3033 offers 17 trails, 11 lifts, and a terrain park at 240 vertical feet. There are also 18 tubing lanes with 4 lifts.
Wachusett Mountain Ski Area on 499 Mountain Road in Princeton at (978) 464-2300 is a little further west with 19 trails, 5 lifts on 103 acres. They also offer night skiing.
Blue Hills Ski Area in Canton, 4001 Washington St., Canton at (781) 828-5070, south of Boston, offers 16 trails and 4 lifts with a Terrain Park, rentals and lessons. It is available from South Station by public transportation from Boston.
Jiminy Peak Resort is a weekend alternative if you want to go west to the Berkshires rather than north to the more popular ski areas of N.H. and Vermont. They offer a village complete with shopping, dining, hotels, skiing and boarding.
Ski Butternut is another ski area in the Berkshire Mountain Range in Great Barrington. The ski area is located on 110 acres, offering 22 trails and a 7-lane tubing center. This is a great trip for a few days of vacation fun for the family.
Market Street, Lynnfield, a new upscale shopping and dining area at exit 43 off Route 128, has outdoor Skating on the Green. There is a small fee for use and they offer skate rentals for $4.
Merrimack Valley Skating Club is hosted by the Graf Rink of Low Street in Newburyport, at exit 57 off Rt. 95.
Blue Ocean Events Center on the ocean in Salisbury at exit 58 off Rt. 95, offers indoor skating this month. Perfect place for the cold winter days when you’d rather be indoors—complete with a spectacular ocean view.
Amesbury Town Park, 138 Friend St. is open until 9 p.m. and is well lit for night skating.
Boston Common–How about the Frog Pond in as a classic place to take the family skating?
Sledding and Tubing:
New England Sports Park in Amesbury is one of the most popular places for sledding and tubing with extended hours for school vacation week from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Located at 12 South Hunt Road, at exit 54 off Route 495, (978) 388-5788, also has The Crossbar Pub for refreshments.
Newburyport’s Bartlett Mall on High St., Rt. 113 at Exit 57 off Rt. 95, offers sledding above the pond. It’s free and open area is a few blocks from Historic Downtown Newburyport for shopping and dining.
Maudsley State Park on Curzon Mill Road, Newburyport, offers sledding and cross-country trails in the woods overlooking the Merrimack River. This is also a free area.
Cable Hill on County Road in Ipswich, is a North Shore favorite.
Bear Hill Golf Course, 2 North St., Stoneham at Exit 38 off Rt. 128.
Ould Newbury Golf Club on Route 1 in Newbury.
The 14 Best Places to Go Sledding and the Boston Globe’s Top 40 Places to Go Sledding, also recommends:
Mt. Hood, 100 Sleyton Rd. in Melrose, off Routes 1 or 93.
Boston Common in downtown Boston at the Corner of Tremont and West Streets, is America’s oldest public park.
Prospect Hill Park, 322 Totten Pond Road, Waltham, directly off Rt. 128.
Call any local golf course or check the web for other great and safe places to take the children sledding and tubing.
Before you plan your vacation outings, if you need anything from a basic oil change to major repair, stop by and see us at the Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Service Departments. For your convenience, you can schedule on line 24/7 or call us at (978) 372-8551. Our comfortable, clean waiting rooms offer complimentary hot beverages, cable TV, wi-fi and a children’s play room. You want to be sure there is no chance of a breakdown in this cold New England weather. Vacation week is meant to be a fun, family week without any vehicle problems!
We’ve done the work for you compiling this list. Now go and have some fun! Drive safe and enjoy the school vacation weeks ahead in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire.