A National Historic Landmark, the Quincy Homestead is significant for its role in early American history, for its architecture, and for its Quincy family association.
In addition to the architecture and furnishings, docents share stories of the Quincy family during the colonial era. The tours are free.
Moderate walk, rugged and rocky terrain, 2.5 miles. Walk the summit road to the top of Great Blue Hill. Return via green dot and Wolcott Path.
Hiking terrain can vary from easy and flat to difficult with hills and rocky footing. DCR recommends wearing hiking boots and bringing drinking water on all hikes. Bug spray and sunscreen also suggested.
We will hike unless the weather creates unsafe conditions. If weather conditions are questionable, please call 617-727-4573, ext. 3 for a recorded line.
Admission charged for this fundraiser:
$6/per person for Mass. Audubon members
$8/per person non-members.
Give a hoot for owls at Trailside Museum’s Owl Festival! Meet live owls up close and discover how these mysterious animals survive. Celebrate all things owl in myths, legends, and art. Find out about conservation challenges owls face and what you can do to help. There will be kid’s crafts, food trucks, and fun for all ages. All Owl Festival proceeds help the Blue Hills Trailside Museum continue to provide quality educational programming as well as caring for the museum’s non-releasable wild animals and hosting thousands of visitors to the Blue Hills Reservation. For more info, call 617-333-0690 or
What could be more spectacular than fall foliage? Viewing this foliage from the top of Great Blue as the sun sets! Enjoy the season’s finest colors from the summit of the region’s highest hill.
On Saturday, October 14, from 4:30-7:30 p.m., the Friends of the Blue Hills and Blue Hill Ski will be sponsoring a free hike to the top of Great Blue. Complimentary hot cider and apples will be served at the top of the mountain, and hikers are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner to enjoy at the summit. Sunset will be at approximately 6 p.m.
This is the only opportunity to hike down Great Blue at night. After sunset, the ski area lights will be on to guide the way. For safety reasons, all hikers should check in at the ski area at the base of the hill before and after the hike. Hikers are encouraged to bring flashlights if they have them. The Blue Hill Observatory will be open from 4:30-7:00 p.m. and will provide tours and viewing for a nominal charge. Free parking is available at Blue Hills Ski Area, 4001 Washington Street, Canton.