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Category Archives: Recreation

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

Safe Practices for Mosquito and Tick Bites Posted on Jul 16

Safe Practices for Mosquito and Tick Bites

Protect Yourself from Mosquito and Tick Bites This is a guest blog post from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health The warm temperatures are finally here in Massachusetts, and of course our thoughts turn to spending more time outdoors with friends and family. As we head   …Continue Reading Safe Practices for Mosquito and Tick Bites

Explore Massachusetts Bike Trails and Paths Posted on Jul 15

Explore Massachusetts Bike Trails and Paths

  Summer is here, and for cyclists, it’s time to get ready to ride. Cyclists love Massachusetts because of the beautiful scenery and variety of terrain available across the state. If you’re new to Massachusetts or to cycling, you’re in luck. The Commonwealth has plenty   …Continue Reading Explore Massachusetts Bike Trails and Paths

Out Is In – 6 Tips for Celebrating Park & Recreation Month Posted on Jul 8

Out Is In – 6 Tips for Celebrating Park & Recreation Month

Three out of every 10 American adults don’t spend any time outside daily, and of those that do, most spend less than 30 minutes outdoors. Since 1985, the U.S. National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has tried to lower that ratio by celebrating the month   …Continue Reading Out Is In – 6 Tips for Celebrating Park & Recreation Month