Parks and Playgrounds in Metrowest Boston

Spring has stuck and summer is staring us down. (Can I get a hallelujah?)

Here are two recommendations for Parks and two recommendations for Playgrounds around Metrowest, Massachusetts. They don’t charge admission either! (Though some parking fees or meters may apply.) Pack the sunscreen, beverages and either snacks or a lunch, so you can really enjoy these fabulous outdoor spaces. If you have a favorite park or playground, leave a comment below to share!

Hopkinton State Park. With two swimming beaches (summer only), fishing, picnic areas with tables and charcoal cooking grills, 10 miles of marked trails, and open field space, there is so much to do in one place. Leashed dogs are welcome in most areas. The park is open everyday at 8am and closes at dusk in the spring and fall and at 8pm in the summer. Don’t panic – there are public restrooms are available during the spring, summer and fall months. Auto parking is $5, but you can get a Parks Pass for $35 (good from January-December).

Warren Park in Wellesley. Plenty of free parking and the playground has two play areas – one for toddlers and one for older kids. There are slides, climbing structures, sandboxes, seesaws, benches to sit on, and the equipment is well maintained. It is also fenced in for safety. There is a big grassy area if you want to have a picnic or bring a soccer ball. There is a sidewalk if you want to take a quick walk down the street for pizza or coffee.

The Sudbury Playground. There are two areas: one for 5 – 12 year olds and a 2 – 5 year old tot area. It is partially fenced so there is definitely a need to keep an eye those fast toddlers. There are slides, climbers, several swings, some sandboxes and ride ons. There are soccer fields surrounding the playground for running, playing ball or having a picnic. Yet, there are also fun interactive objects like bells and animal footprints, and colored plates to assist visually impaired children. There is also a transfer station near a couple of slides for children in wheelchairs who can get in and out with assistance. Parking is free and there is a restroom on-site.

Martini Junction in Needham. In the Needham Town Forest, there is a trail with bird houses and a miniature railroad set with hundreds of feet of track to find. Kids love going on the hike and finding the treasure that is nestled in the forest. It is part of geocaching – a fun way to explore a variety of places, including this one. To learn more about geocaching, click here. Best for kids 5 and up.



Image Credit: My own image.

Note: I posted a similar article on Savvy Source in March, 2012.


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  1. Great post! Nothing better than a super duper playground!!!

  2. Kristine says:

    Great list! I haven’t been to the one in Needham. Will have to check it out. I don’t know if Newton counts as Metrowest, but I love Cabot Park for toddlers. I also like the Newton Centre Playground because the tot lot is fenced off from the rest of the park, so I can relax a little bit. 🙂

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