- Jane and Paul's Farm, Fruit Street, Norfolk
- [A]lways a good time.
U-pick strawberries, later on U-pick blueberries and
the fall hayrides to the pumpkin patch. Small children like feeding &
petting the chickens, sheep and rabbits and hanging out is not discouraged.
For the politically correct, the best way to maintain the rural character of
Norfolk is to support our local farmers. - ADL
- Kids Place
- Toddler and preschooler playground on Boardman Street, between Main Street and Route
115 in Norfolk.
- The Library
- Various events and Summer program at
- Stony Brook Wildlife Sanctuary
Stony Brook's Visitor Center, library,
and knowledgeable staff have everything a young naturalist is looking for.
Our Pond Loop Trail is a one mile, flat, stroller-accessible trail,
featuring a boardwalk over the pond and marsh area, as well as several
observation platforms, and some of the most pristine ponds, fields, and
wildlife habitats in our area.
Within Half an Hour
- Big Apple Farm, 207 Arnold St, Wrentham, MA 02093,
Especially fun September to October. Apple picking, pumpkins, fresh
produce, horse & carriage rides. - MS
- Capron Park Zoo - Route 123, Attleboro, Mass.
When they say it's a little zoo, they mean it! And it has a high
percentage of nocturnal animals, too, so be prepared for empty
enclosures or sleeping critters. But the playground was fun for
our toddler; it and the llamas (the only animals that actually
seemed alert and interested) were the high point of her trip.
- Caryl Park in Dover
- it has a great playground for the kids in the woods and wonderful
hiking and biking paths.
Details: 83 acres, baseball/softball, basketball, football/soccer,
general play, hiking, horseback riding, nature observing,
organized events, other-team, picnicking, tennis, walking/jogging
- Easton Children's Museum
- Lots of neat activities for kids in a 2-story converted firehouse;
picnic area nearby, or you can get a meal at Charlie's, a short
walk away on Main Street.
- Marino's Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant Street, South Natick
- Lots of animals, including ostriches and a llama; U-pick berries and
fruit between June and October; farm market. Details and directions
- Millis Playground - off Route 115 heading toward Sherborn, past Rossi's
- For a change of pace; larger playground with more equipment for older tots.
- Natick Community Organic Farm - off Eliot Stree (Route 16)
by Eliot School, Natick
- working farm, open year-round, with many kinds of farm animals.
They sell the food they produce, including vegetables, fruits
and meat; they tap their maple trees in spring, and make fresh maple syrup.
- Needham Children's Museum - passes available at the Norfolk library
- - Currently closed -
- We visited on a rainy day, so it was fairly busy, and parking was
limited. But the exhibits were somewhat tired - parts missing,
non-stick velcro, evidence of too much wear and tear. The kids
enjoyed it anyway, but the adults felt the Easton museum had
more to offer. The Needham museum is hoping to move within
the next year or so, and some of these issues may be resolved by then.
- Sweatt Beach, Lake Pearl, Wrentham (signs off Route 140)
- is very enjoyable. It's on
the other side of Lake Pearl. It is only for Norfolk, Wrentham
& Plainville residents. Parking is no problem and it seems like it
never gets really crowded. There are lifeguards on duty.
You can buy day passes or a season pass.
Farther away, but well worth the trip
- The Children's Museum in Boston - passes available at the Norfolk library
- Davis Farmland & Mega Maze
- A great place to bring the kids.
It has a petting zoo with ~300 animals, a water park, lots of playgrounds, a "Mega
Maze" made of corn fields, and hayrides, pony rides, etc. A lot of our
friends around here like to go there in the Fall for the Mega Maze, and
people are always asking me how to get there. It's about 45 min. away, right
up 495. - LC
- Drumlin Farm Audubon Sanctuary
- lots of hands-on visiting with animals
- The Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut
- has recently been completely renovated. There's an outdoor tank
for the dolphins and the beluga whales (you can actually see them swimming under the water).
- The Rogers Williams Zoo
- A great zoo for kids of all ages! There's also a huge park and a carousel,
worth a visit in themselves. Passes to the Zoo are available at the Norfolk Library.
- The Swan Boats at the Boston Public Garden
- A wonderful summer morning trip: take the 9:15 train in,
stroll over to the Garden for a boat ride, have a picnic lunch, visit the Make Way for Ducklings statues,
and be home by 2 pm.
West Hill Dam
West Hill Dam in Mendon has some nice walking trails, and a GREAT picnic
area and beach