Staying Active in Arlington

by c21commonweath_ldowling 19. December 2019 13:18

 

In February 2019, Boston magazine rated Arlington, Massachusetts one of the best places to live in the area. It's easy to see why. Arlington has the feeling of a small town, with its shops and restaurants, but it's just a few miles from downtown Boston. Its highly rated public schools make it a natural fit for young families, and it’s an excellent place to maintain an active lifestyle. Arlington offers plenty of opportunities to move around and enjoy the outdoors. Here are some of the suburb’s most popular sites for fresh air and exercise:

Reservoir Beach

Whether you come for a day of swimming in the summer, a barbecue in the springtime, or a stroll down the walking trail in the fall, Reservoir Beach should be on your list. It's perfect for an impromptu visit, but you can also make a reservation and host a party.

Robbins Farm Park

This iconic park started out as a family farm. With its playground, ball fields, and incredible view of the Boston skyline, it’s popular with kids and parents alike. Take a ride down the 60-foot twin slides, and don’t forget to take a picture with the famous dog statue.

The Minuteman Bikeway

This bike trail follows an unused railroad right-of-way through several Arlington neighborhoods. It’s perfect for biking, jogging, running, and walking. It's also the best way to reach the Great Meadow.

The Great Meadow

When early settlers found this marshy area, it was too soft to support buildings. Over the years since, it’s been used as a grazing area, a drainage area, and a reservoir. Today, the Great Meadow is a natural habitat for wildlife. Take the Minuteman Bikeway to get there and then spend the day exploring the trails.

Menotomy Rocks Park

At this 35-acre park in the heart of Arlington, you'll find walking paths, open fields for unstructured play, and a three-acre pond. Even though it's in the middle of one of the most densely populated areas in the country, Menotomy Rocks Park remains in its natural state—you’ll experience the area just as the early colonists did.

Spy Pond Park

If you’re looking for something different, how about a day of kayaking and canoeing? Spy Pond is a wonderful place to slow down and enjoy the natural beauty of one of the country’s most scenic areas. If you want to hit the water, be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time. Even if you don't care for boating, come to enjoy the walking trails. Whether you’re a dedicated athlete or you just enjoy quietly ambling around, Arlington’s parks, beaches, and trails will keep you occupied for months.

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