My home town of Natick, Massachusetts is just fifteen miles west of Boston, making it a great day trip for families visiting Boston. Guests can take the commuter rail right to the center of the town, or it’s a quick drive down the Mass Pike.
There are quite a few family-friendly locations in Natick, but our favorite is the Natick Community Organic Farm. The farm itself is free – supported by the town and members. My kids love seeing the goats, pigs, rabbits, and chickens on this working farm. You can also visit the farm stand to purchase fresh eggs and produce.
Belkin Farm, a family farm with you-pick fruit and a kid fun area, is another big hit with our family. While the biggest complaint among families is the cost (it can be expensive for a family of four), there are season passes that can make it more affordable if you are visiting more than once.
When you get hungry, check out Casey’s Diner, an old-fashioned diner located just outside of the center of town. It only has a few seats and a small menu, but it’s a local institution.
Do you have some shopping to do? The Natick Collection (formerly the Natick Mall) is the largest mall in New England and offers stores ranging from Sears and Neiman Marcus. It also boasts the regions only American Girl Store, along with the American Girl Bistro.
Finally, if you are considering staying overnight, I’d recommend the Crowne Plaza, located right across the street from the Natick Collection.
Photo credit: Jodi Grundig