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Thursday, March 28, 2013


Spring is finally around the corner (at least we hope). The snow is melting fast, the sun is getting warmer, and the flowers will soon be blooming again, and all this not only symbolizes the rebirth of life but also the return of fun, outdoor activities that had to lie dormant during the long, cold winter months. There is still a slight chill in the air, but nothing prohibitive. We are here to remind you that there are plenty of things to do in Central Mass during this new season and here are just a few.

Visit a petting zoo
Old Sturbridge Village, 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge; Davis Farmland, 145 Redstone Hill Road, Sterling
Take a stroll through a petting zoo with your family and hang out with some of our fellow members of the animal kingdom. Perfect this time of year, Old Sturbridge Village has a few newborn lambs (with many more to come soon), including a set of twins, they are eager to show off. Visitors to OSV this weekend can also check out the village oxen, cows and chickens. Other area petting zoos, like Davis Farmland in Sterling which has the largest collection of heritage livestock breeds in New England, are opening very soon (within a couple of weeks) for the new season. So keep a look out!

Take a trip to Tower Hill Botanic Garden
11 French Drive, Boylston
What better way to get truly excited for the planting and growing season then by taking a trip to see the beautiful gardens at Tower Hill. The Spring flowers have just begun to bloom in the outdoor gardens, but one can still visit the luscious indoor Winter Garden, which is still in beautiful, pristine form. The Limonaia, or lemon house, forms the southern border of the Winter Garden and will showcase a unique selection of tropical plants through early May. Experience plants, trees and shrubs from all over the world and take advantage of a spectacular views of Mount Wachusett and the Wachusett Reservoir.

Take a Bike Ride
Experience the great city of Worcester or the beautiful natural scenery of Worcester County as a whole while taking in the fresh air that only a nice long bike ride can adequately provide. Check out this GoLocal article to get full descriptions of some of the best places in the area to accomplish this goal. Worcester's West Side is particularly ideal if you want experience serene striking Victorian-era architecture and Indian Lake presents a great location if you wish to experience nature while still staying within city limits.

Go on an Easter Egg Hunt
29 North Brookfield Road, Spencer
Another sure sign of the long-awaited arrival of Spring is Easter and arguably the most enjoyable family activity that accompanies the holiday is an Easter Egg hunt. You are sure to find plenty in the area. For instance, Bemis Farms Nursery in Spencer is holding its 13th annual hunt this Saturday at four separate times. Kids can also visit with the Easter Bunny and pet bunnies and baby goats. Worcester County 4-H is participating in the event.

Have a Picnic
There are plenty of wonderful areas in Worcester County ideal for an early spring picnic. Leominster State Forest is a place particular recommended for this kind of activity plus many others including hiking and biking. In addition, within the city of Worcester, Quinsigamond State Park is a great place to lay out and have a nice relaxing. For a complete list of great picnic area around the state, check out http://www.mass.gov/dcr/recreate/picnic.htm.




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