Press Secretary, Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
February school vacation week is almost upon us (where did the time go?!), and once again, DCR has scheduled a lot of great activities in parks across the state for kids and their parents to enjoy.
Click here for a complete list of the activities for the week, February 13-21 on our website. Here are just a few of the possibilities to consider: a Valentine’s Day hike February 14 in Wrentham State Forest in Wrentham, an outdoor exploration February 16 at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Reserve in Falmouth to learn how wild critters survive the winter, and an evening campfire February 19 on Revere Beach.
This year, on February 20, DCR has planned something new that promises to be enormous fun. We’re calling it Snow Day on Spectacle. It’s a day of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or just hiking and walking and enjoying the views on Spectacle Island in Boston Harbor.
Normally, Spectacle is not open to the public in winter. But on this one day, Boston’s Best Cruises will take passengers out to the island from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $14 round trip, and you’re encouraged to bring your own snow shoes, cross-country skis, or just sturdy shoes or hiking boots. Call 617-770-0040 or click here for boat tickets. For more information on the events on Spectacle Island and to register for them, call 781-740-1605, ext. 202.
In addition to all the above, DCR is also extending public skating hours at many ice rinks. Call 617-626-1450 or click here for more details about extended skating hours.
And have a great vacation!
The photos are of Spectacle Island at sunset and from above.
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