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Wendy Fox

Wendy Fox

Press Secretary, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)

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Face it. We’re all going to have to work off the extra holiday food we’ve been eating these days. Before you head to the gym, though, or just sit there feeling guilty, what about heading out to a state park for a First Day Hike? Or going ice skating?

Hikers on Walden Pond

On New Year’s Day, DCR will sponsor 16 hikes in state parks across the Commonwealth. Lasting about two hours, the hikes are for families and folks of all ages and hiking abilities (think “walking” abilities), and will be led by DCR Rangers or park staff members. Try one in the Blue Hills in Milton, or maybe on Mt. Greylock in the Berkshires, or one of 14 others at points in between.

If you join us, remember to dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes. Click here for a full list of First Day Hikes.

Also on New Year’s Day, DCR’s Murphy Rink in South Boston and the newly renovated and refurbished Kelly Outdoor Rink in Jamaica Plain will both offer free public ice skating from 10 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Skate rentals are available. In addition, many rinks will have extended public skating hours during the holiday week. Click here for details about ice skating facilities across the state. 

So, lace up your boots (or sneakers) and join us. And leave the cookies – and guilt- at home!

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