Every year when summer begins we all know that Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer ,is lurking just a few pages away on the calendar. While the official beginning of autumn doesn’t take place until the third week of September, Labor Day and the beginning of school have always marked the end of the many joys of summer and the return to the more mundane rest of the year. It’s always nice when summer does draw to an end to have one last summer secret surprise in store to share with the family like one of these labor Day picnic sites in Massachusetts.
Breezy Picnic Grounds and Waterslides. You can live in Massachusetts a life time and never find yourself in Douglas, MA . Out of the way, in south central Massachusetts, Douglas is home to a long standing summer family picnic and waterslide site known as “Breezy”. Set along the banks of the Whitins Reservoir “Breezy” has traditionally been a site where families can spend a full day swimming, making day long use of the three 300 ft. slides, enjoying the 500 ft sandy beach and retiring into the wooded area or along the waterfront to large, welcoming picnic tables to share a home made picnic or a lunch from the snack bar service.
“Breezy” beach area and picnic sites open at 9 a.m. each day with slides opening at 10 a.m. Closing time is 6 p.m. which allows for a wonderfully full day of activity and outside fun.
The down side of “Breezy ” is of course the cost. Admission for the day at “Breezy Picnic Grounds and Water Slides'” is a hefty $17 for everyone 5 years of age or older. Children 2-4 are admitted at a reduced fee of $11. Of course when you recognize that the value of admission includes a great swimming area with life guards on duty as well as excellent water slides and picnic area you begin to see that perhaps the price is worth the value you will get from a day spent here as a family. For the budget conscious, keep in mind that you can significantly reduce your admission by shortening your day and coming in at 3 p.m. Either way Breezy Picnic Grounds and Waterslides has something memorable to offer the entire family as you celebrate the end of summer together at this Labor Day picnic site in Massachusetts
Boston Common and Public Garden. An excellent place to make the transition on Labor Day from summer to definitely not summer any more can be the spacious green areas in the center of Boston. While the rest of the city is rushing here and there people can come to Boston Common and Public Gardens and share a picnic in peace and relative quiet.
Almost since its founding, Boston has cherished the idea of open common areas that are shared by the citizenry. Since 1634, an area central to the city has been carved out and proudly maintained serving purposes as mundane as cow grazing but also hosting dignitaries from around the world. Today the common and the gardens are adjacent but very different green spaces that could be the setting for a perfect family picnic and outing over the Labor Day weekend.
Boston Common is made up of some 50 acres of free and open space. You can stroll, play Frisbee, hit a softball, fly a kite and of course spread out a blanket and put down a picnic basket and let the munching begin. Next to the Common is Boston Public Gardens with its own special look and feel. The Gardens were established in 1837 as the first public botanical gardens in the U. S. and a real haven for flower enthusiasts and people who just enjoy the beauty of nature. For children and kids at heart a wonderful part of your picnic at Boston Common and Public Gardens might be a ride on the swan boats. Though the boats will continue to cruise about the Gardens well into the fall, children will be less available to go for this charming ride once Labor Day passes by and school begins in earnest.
Admission for a ride aboard the swan boats are reasonably priced at $2.75 for adults, $2 for seniors and $1.25 for children. The ride is something parents and grandparents enjoy as muc has kids. Floating along you will hardly remember that it’s Labor Day and sadly enough summer is almost over.
West Hill Park, Uxbridge, MA Located in Worcester County in central Massachusetts, West Hill Dam can be found by following the signs on Rt 16 in Uxbridge, MA that will lead you alternately to either West Hill Park or West Hill Dam. For a serene, peaceful but enjoyable family location to celebrate a Labor Day picnic, West Hill Park is worth a visit.
The park centers around an old fashioned swimming hole that is used for fishing at one end and fresh water swimming at the deeper end. The pool is not large but its natural feel gives swimming a whole new free spirit and is a great place for parents to stand in shallow water and enjoy cooling off while watching their young splashers go at it. The park also offers a perfect setting for family picnics. There are wonderfully cool stands of trees, well stocked with picnic tables and grill stands or you can simply spread a blanket out in the sand at water’s edge.
West Hill Park is an excellent Labor Day picnic site because it stretches well beyond the swimming hole and the picnic area. The park is also a fine spot to spend part of the day on a long walk along one of the surrounding park trails that meander throughout the adjacent wooded areas. The West River itself winds coyly through about 500 acres of woodlands, meadows and bogs. The diversity of the land area means that you never know what brand of wildlife you may encounter. Birders often make their way to West Hill Park because the park can honestly boast the siting of 200 species of birds each year.
Our favorite thing about West Hill Park is its simplicity. There is no fuss or feathers here. Pull up to the rangers booth and pay two dollars and that will guarantee you a place to enjoy a day of outdoor fun, adventure and a memorable Labor Day picnic site in Massachusetts.
Lots of people have favorite summer places. Lakes, seashore,and mountains may have been calling you all summer long. But as summer draws to an end why not close out the season with something a little different by setting out to discover and enjoy one of these Labor Day Picnic sites in Massachusetts.