Central Mass in Late Fall Bucket List


Woman hiking with baby in backpack on central mass in late fall bucket list hikeThere is nothing quite like Autumn in New England, and Central Mass in late Fall has a lot to offer. October might be over, but there are still plenty of fun opportunities for the whole family to enjoy the season.

This bucket list is your ultimate guide for how to make the most of Central Mass in late Fall. 

  1. Explore Old Sturbridge Village. Stop by the gift shop to find a puzzle to bring home and put together with the family.
  2. Head to Purgatory Chasm State Reservation in Sutton. This is perfect for families with older kids who are able to climb over rocks. 
  3. Spend the morning at the Dean Park Playground in Shrewsbury. Walk around the lake and trails for beautiful views of the foliage.
  4. Stop by Mass Audobon’s Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center in Worcester, for short and accessible trails. Challenge young children to see how many colorful leaves they can collect.
  5. Visit the Ecotarium in Worcester. Little kids will be excited to take a ride on the outdoor train.  
  6. Take a hike at Upton State Forest. This is one of the most beautiful hiking areas in the Fall. 
  7. Feed the animals, enjoy the playground, and pick late season apples at Tougas Family Farm in Northborough. 
  8. Find your bearings as you navigate through the Little Hedge Maze at Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow. Don’t forget to grab an apple cider donut (or a dozen) before you leave. 
  9. Pick up a seasonal donut at Glazy Susan in Worcester (vegan options available!) before heading out for a leisurely stroll at Green Hill Park
  10. Spend a few hours exploring Tower Hill Botanic Garden. Be sure to grab your tickets for Night Lights 2021, starting in late November. 

Let us know what late Fall activities you do with your family – be sure to tag @centralmassmom on social media!

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Kate was born and raised in western MA, before heading to college in Boston to study neuroscience. After graduation, she lived in NYC for nearly a decade and CT for two years, before moving to Shrewsbury in 2021. She has a two-year old daughter and a newborn son. Kate is a full-time working mom, leading the Fellowship program at Echoing Green, a global leadership accelerator. Outside of her day job, she is a trained leadership coach and facilitator who loves to work with moms. When she’s not working, she loves to explore new places, cook up new recipes, practice yoga, and spend time with her adorable children and husband.


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