The Blue Hills Reservation, A Family Guide


Having been in Boston for many years, I have often heard of the Blue Hills Reservation but I am embarrassed to report that I have never been before now. It feels good to finally get that off my chest. And now, I am happy to extoll the virtues of this gem.

Blue Hills Reservation, located just south of Boston, offers over 6,000 acres of diverse activities for you and yours: hikes and trails abound, skiing in winter, swimming in summer, a trail side museum with animals and exhibits, guided tours, camping trips, and summer programs, all under my nose for years. And I live about 5 minutes up the road, another reason it is so darn embarrassing.


It’s perfect for us city types who like to dabble in nature but not make a huge commitment. I like to be a casual participant in nature and this space affords all levels of participation. My husband and I took our daughter for a “hike” the other day, up a paved road to the observation tower (the oldest weather observation/recording tower in the country, founded in 1885, by the by) on top of Great Blue Hill, in Milton. The highest point the reservation has to offer, it provided a great workout, views, and we were able to push our toddler up in a stroller along the entire route.

Ready to make the commitment to a hiking back back for your babe? There is an extensive system of trails that range from the easy paved route to rugged more advanced, take your pick. Still not sold on hitting the trails alone? Meet up for a guided hike with the Friends of Blue Hills Peek a Blue Hike, bi-weekly Tuesdays at 11am, leaving from Houghton’s Pond. Mommy and playgroups totally welcome, though you may want to contact them in advance for large groups.


I plan on exploring much more when babe #2 makes his arrival and I get the green light for some activity. Or just the green light to sit at the pond and sun bathe…

Noelani shares her favorite activities, places to shop, and ideas for city living – all with kids in mind. Peruse all of Noelani’s posts on The Boston Day Book here. Be sure to catch up with Noelani on her life and style blog, Mon Petit Chou Chou. Follow along on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

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