- From the scenic Berkshires to the sea breezes of Cape Cod, Massachusetts agricultural fairs offer something for everyone. See, taste, and experience exceptional local products: farm animal exhibits, horse shows, arts-and-crafts from local artisans, fruit, vegetable, and garden demonstrations, 4H, children's activities, and lots of fun for the whole family! There are five types of agricultural fairs in the Commonwealth: major fairs, community fairs, youth fairs, livestock shows, and grange fairs. Go to one. Go to many. Go to them all!
- Learn first-hand about agriculture and the natural world. From livestock, dairy, or fruit and vegetable farms to horse farms and Christmas tree farms, Massachusetts farms connect people to their environment, their land, and their history.
- Massachusetts farmers are offering the public a new way to invest in local agriculture, while enjoying delicious, fresh food throughout the season. Community Supported Agriculture Farms (CSAs) are a way for the food buying public to create a relationship with a farm and to receive a weekly basket of produce. Find out how you can become a member or shareholder of a CSA.
- Nothing is more fun than spending a day at a local agri-tourism farm. If you live near a farm that raises animals, it's the perfect time for your children to experience the beauty of new life. Over 400 farm attractions are open to the public in Massachusetts. These local farms offer unique hands-on experiences to see, feel, and taste agriculture at its source.
- The leaves in Massachusetts begin to turn in late September and October, creating a dazzling display of color. The Department of Conservation and Recreation provides a comprehensive guide to the best fall foliage by region with links, descriptions, and related information on state parks and hiking and biking trails.
- From spring until late fall, you can find local growers setting up their canopies and colorful displays of just-harvested fruits and vegetables in town squares, parks, and other public spaces. Check here for locations.
- From finding a garden center near you to savoring the tastes of a particular region, your gateway to Massgrown farm products, specialty foods, and fun "ag-tivities" starts here. Be sure to check the Spotlight of the Month for special events.
Did you know that over 600,000 pounds of cheese are produced from Massachusetts farmstead dairy producers? Learn about the kinds of cheese produced, where you can purchase them, and which farmers offer tours.
One of the gifts of Massachusetts' English heritage is a rich tradition of gardening and horticulture.
- From fresh fruits and vegetables to local cheese, meats, and flowers, discover Massgrown farm products, specialty foods, and fun ag-tivities.
- Each of Massachusetts' many parks, state forests, reservations, and wildlife sanctuaries is a birder's and hiker's paradise. Visit one of the Department of Conservation and Recreation's nature and birding trails to learn why.
Visit one of the many nature centers in Massachusetts and you'll learn about the fascinating world around you.
- Whether you're looking for a good trail for riding your off-road/highway vehicle or a good spot for some cross-country skiing, you'll find a complete list of forest and park trails here.
Find out when to pick your own crops such as strawberries, blueberries, peaches, apples and pumpkins. The availability for each of these crops may vary from year to year, depending on the weather. It's always a good idea to call ahead to the farm you want to visit to check on picking conditions.
- Fishing, bird watching, kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and observing nature are all great ways to reduce stress and clear the mind. The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife provides detailed maps of ponds open to the public and information sheets listing each pond's depth, acreage, and facilities including boat ramps, picnicking grounds, and fish cleaning stations.
Across Massachusetts, you'll find natural and manmade wonders around every turn.
- Ever wonder what a turkey farm looks like? Or how the birds are processed? Visit one of the many turkey farms in the Bay State to find out. There's nothing quite like a tender and moist locally raised Massachusetts turkey!
- Many farms offer special behind-the-scenes tours, as well as family friendly tours designed for individuals and groups. Find out which ones — and their specialties!
- MassWildlife owns over 100 Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) and 13 wildlife sanctuaries with care and control of over 160,000 acres of lands and waters. All WMAs are open to hunting, fishing, trapping, and other outdoor recreation activities. Sanctuaries are more restrictive – that is, camping, hunting, fishing, and trapping is prohibited. Click on an area of the state for which you would like to view wildlife management maps.
- Massachusetts offers some great spots for observing animals and nature. All-day adventures at a zoo or aquarium or a quiet afternoon spent at a nature center can be a wonderful break from the daily grind, not to mention fun and educational for the kids.
Working together to protect and enjoy our natural environment.