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Lots of Things to Do Around Friendly Crossways:
The hostel is closed to individuals during the day for cleaning and maintenance, but there are loads things to do around here. Within 10 minutes of the hostel is the tiny New England town of
with summer outdoor concerts, spectacular fall foliage, sledding on the common in the winter, and orchards full of apple blossoms in the spring. Learn about Shaker communal life and Native Americans at
in Harvard. There are miles of country roads suitable for bicycling as well as hiking and mountain biking trails, some bike rail trails and wildlife conservation areas in Harvard and adjacent towns as well as canoeing or kayaking on the Nashua River with
Indian Hill Music
provides jazz and classical concerts just 3 miles away. Thirteen miles from Friendly Crossways in the
town of Concord
where you can take a Literary Tour of
Louisa May Alcott's
the Old Manse
, home to Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne, and
Thoreau's Walden Pond
and Lyceum as well as visit
and the site of the "shot heard 'round the world' at the
Minute Man Park in Concord
, which pretty much started the American Revolution. Browse through the
DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park
in Lincoln; check out suits of armor at
Higgins Armory Museum
and American art in
. For more things to do in Worcester, link to the
Worcester County Business List
. Also, visit
Lowell and Andover
, home to a
featuring the American Industrial Revolution, and the
New England Quilt Museum
as well as minor league baseball team of the
with Red Sox recruits. An hour's drive leads you to
north of Boston
and Newburyport for
, windswept beaches, or turn back the clock at
and its historic
Peabody Essex Museum
in Sturbridge MA or
Strawbery Banke Museum
. Of course there's loads of
things to see and do in Boston
. Much of New England, including the seacoast from artistic
to "America's Home Town"
white sand beaches in Massachusetts and the
of Vermont and
of New Hampshire can be reached in less than two hours.
For children (and the young at heart)
, there is a neat "Leathers" park and climbing structure about 5 miles away in Littleton; and the
, seven miles away in Acton. The
National Plastics Center and Museum
in nearby Leominster has lots of cool hands-on activities and neat information appropriate for both children and adults.
has awesome portions of delicious HOMEMADE ICECREAM as well as a golf driving range and two 18-hole miniature golf courses. The
in Sterling has a petting zoo and crop maze and a whole lot more.
Great Brook Farm Park
in nearby Carlisle has a working dairy, ice cream stand, and walking paths which are used for cross country skiing in the winter. The lovely
Children's Museum of Portsmouth NH
New England Aquarium
Boston Science Museum
are each one hour away.
NEFFA (New England Folk Festival Association)
is in Mansfied toward the end of April, with acres of live music and dancing. The FREE
Lowell Folk Festival
is 20 minutes away and held the last weekend in July. There's also the
Three Apples Storytelling Festival
in nearby Bedford during the last weekend in September.
holds several fall festivals featuring kids, beers, classic cars and R&B, and downhill skiing (not all at the same time).
has pick-your-own fruit and fruity festivals.
Nashoba Valley Winery
has festivals and features their wines in their own restaurant.
Pick Your Own:
blueberries and tomatoes right here at the hostel. Apples, peaches and pumpkins at
(978/772-4139) in the town of Harvard. For more on PYO in Massachusetts and elsewhere, go to
247 Littleton County Road, Harvard MA 01451-1445
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