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Accessible Fun at Massachusetts State Parks Posted on May 29

Accessible Fun at Massachusetts State Parks

State parks in Massachusetts are open to people of all abilities year-round, but the opportunities for outdoor activities really multiply as the weather gets warmer. You may already be aware of the many accessible trails, but did you know there are also accessible ways to   …Continue Reading Accessible Fun at Massachusetts State Parks

Boat Smart from the Start for National Safe Boating Week Posted on May 19

Boat Smart from the Start for National Safe Boating Week

The simple act of wearing a flotation device can save a life. According to a 2013 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) recreational boating report, in fatal boating accidents where the victims drowned, 84 percent were not wearing a life jacket. National Safe Boating Week, designated from   …Continue Reading Boat Smart from the Start for National Safe Boating Week

Celebrate Cycling in Massachusetts Posted on May 12

Celebrate Cycling in Massachusetts

Hold onto your handlebars this May as Massachusetts celebrates National Bike Month and Bay State Bike Week from May 9–17. Whether you’re biking to get in shape, get to work, or have some fun, the Commonwealth has something to offer you. The Department of Public Health   …Continue Reading Celebrate Cycling in Massachusetts

Responsible Pet Ownership in Massachusetts Posted on Apr 24

Responsible Pet Ownership in Massachusetts

Having a pet is a privilege that comes with responsibilities. Maintaining your pet’s health, ensuring it has the proper identification, and making sure to clean up after it benefits you, your pet, and the Commonwealth. The Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources (MDAR) , the Department   …Continue Reading Responsible Pet Ownership in Massachusetts

The 2015 Boston Marathon Spectator Guidelines Posted on Apr 13

The 2015 Boston Marathon Spectator Guidelines

This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). The 119th running of the Boston Marathon will be held on Patriot’s Day, Monday, April 20, 2015. This year, 30,000 registered participants will run the 26.2-mile course, which starts in Hopkinton and passes   …Continue Reading The 2015 Boston Marathon Spectator Guidelines

Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children Posted on Apr 1

Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children

Struggling with a daily fitness routine? You’re not alone. One in four Massachusetts middle school and high school students, and more than half of all adults in the state, are obese or overweight. The good news is that engaging in physical activity and reaching a   …Continue Reading Spring into Shape! Fitness Tips for Adults and Children

Maple Sugaring Season Is Here Posted on Feb 25

Maple Sugaring Season Is Here

It might feel as though winter will never end in Massachusetts, but there’s already one sure sign of an imminent thaw — maple sugaring season. Farmers across the state are getting ready for the warmer days but still-freezing nights that get the sap running, usually   …Continue Reading Maple Sugaring Season Is Here

Fun Winter Activities in Massachusetts Posted on Dec 9

Fun Winter Activities in Massachusetts

Winter is the time for sipping hot chocolate by the fireplace, holiday feasts, caroling around the neighborhood, and strolling around a winter market with family or friends. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism (MOTT) offer a variety   …Continue Reading Fun Winter Activities in Massachusetts

Ice Skating in Massachusetts Posted on Nov 25

Ice Skating in Massachusetts

It’s time to sharpen your skates! For the second year in a row, the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) opens the doors to its ice skating rinks on Wednesday, Nov. 26 – the day before Thanksgiving. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or skating for   …Continue Reading Ice Skating in Massachusetts

Freshwater Fishing in Massachusetts Posted on Aug 5

Freshwater Fishing in Massachusetts

Summertime is a great time to get hooked on fishing!  Below are some helpful hints to fishing in freshwater lakes, ponds, rivers and streams in Massachusetts. Get a Fishing License – Anyone 15 years old or older is required to purchase a license to fish   …Continue Reading Freshwater Fishing in Massachusetts