By Brittany Dixon

Looking for great outdoor activities you can enjoy with your family? 

Look no further than the Blue Hills for the best summer fun in the South Shore!

Here are three great spots that are sure to please everyone in your family.

  1. Ponkapoag Pond, just south of Route 93 in between Routes 138 and 24 in the Blue Hills Reservation, is the perfect place for a family kayak or canoe trip.  Even first-time boater will love the quiet, clean waters. There is even a walk-in launch, and parking at Fisherman’s beach which you can access from Randolph Ave.  No boat?  No problem!  Park at Fisherman’s beach for a quick picnic and an easy, flat three-mile stroll around the lake.
  2. Treat your family to the wonders of St Moritz Pond, one of the hidden treasures of the Blue Hills.  Tucked away in the Quincy section of the Blue Hills, you’ll find this small pond, perfect for your next family day trip.  Many years ago it was home to large carnivals. Today, you can look for critters in the pond or walk a bit further to get views from Rattlesnake Hill.  Park your car at Shea rink, right off Exit 8 on Route 93.
  3. See the Critters at the Trailside Museum.  Children love visiting MassAudubon’s Blue Hills Trailside Museum to see the otter, turtles, birds and deer.  You can combine your visit with a hike up Great Blue Hill, or bring a lunch and eat out at the picnic tables on-site.  Visiting the animals outside is free.  There’s a $3 fee for adults, and only a $1.50 for children ages 2-12; if you’d like to bring your family to see the inside exhibits on Native Americans and the many animals and birds in the Reservation.

Do you have other favorite spots in the Blue Hills to bring your family?  Leave a comment below!