The North Shore of Massachusetts has some of the most fertile soil in the United States and the farms of the region produce wonderful produce and other foods that you can buy directly at the farm, or it comes to you via a local Farmer's Market. Farmer's markets aren't just a place to get your favorite local seasonal foods, it s a community! The markets vary from town to town, and in addtion to the farm goods, you'll enjoy live music, craft and other vendors, and some even have activities to keep the kids busy while you shop!
Want to head to the beach? Boston's North Shore has plenty to offer. They are large and small, oceanside and harborside, sandy and rocky, and some are even muddy! You decide... Choose a favorite, or try them all! You could try different beach every day and call it a beach crawl!
Libraries are wonderful community resources. They offer a lot more than just a place to borrow books - they serve as venues, local archives, educations centers and social gathering places. Many offer a wide array of programming for kids and families! Check out your local library, and don't be afraid to visit libraries in other towns. At the library, you'll learn, have some fun and make new friends, so go today and see what you're missing!
There a many great musuems on the North Shore due to the area's history, cultural diversity, maritime heritage and roots in colonial America. There are plenty to visit, and if you include museums in the greater Boston area, there are almost too many to visit. Check out our list of museums. You'll find that the North Shore and surrounding areas cover a wide variety of interest through their museums - everything from art to colonial settlements to textiles to science and robotics!
Sometimes when you're on the go, and things are getting hectic, it's great to be able to pull over and let the kids decompress at a playground. We have compiled a list of alot (but not all) of the playgrounds on the North Shore. We like to visit the different ones on our routes around Essex county, and compare them. If we see one we haven't been to, we'll stop and give it a try. Have a look, explore and discover the North Shore through a playground tour!
The North Shore has many miles of trails over all kinds of terrain. Hike in the forest, through moraine boulder feilds, over dunes, and through varied habitats that offer many different kinds of flora and fauna. It's not just about hiking either - many trails are accessible to cross country skiers, showshoe enthusiast and mountain bikers too. Check out our complete list of places hike, run and walk on the North Shore, and discover the unique beauty of this wonderful part of Massachusetts!
Whether you're headed home from the beach, looking for a snack after a walk or just want to get together with the family for some sweet fun, you'll be pleasantly surprised with the great places to buy Ice Cream on the North Shore! Some make their own, some buy bulk and some are channels to the ever-popular Richarchardson's brand, made right here on at Richardson's Dairy Farm in Middleton! There are so many to visit the you could make a game of it and become the ice cream secret gourmet for the North Shore!
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