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Blue Hill Observatory
1904 Canton Ave, Milton, MA 02186
The Blue Hill Observatory is a private science center that studies and measures the atmosphere and tracks the weather.More There are no public roads to this observatory, but you can hike some of the trails on the Blue Hills Reservation to view it. The closest parking lot is at the Trailside Museum. The hike from this point is a little less than a mile, and there is a map to point you in the right direction. Blue Hills is open from dawn until dusk, so plan accordingly.
Blue Hills Reservation
695 Hillside St, Milton, MA 02186

Located on more than 7,000 acres reaching across Quincey, Dedham, Randolph, and Milton, the Blue Hills ReservationMore provides a lush verdant oasis just minutes from downtown Boston.

Established in 1893, the reservation currently features more than 125 miles of recreational trails suitable for hiking, cross-country skiing and mountain biking. Additionally, the reservation features amenities such as picnic benches with charcoal grills, baseball and softball fields, and boating docks.

Houghton's Pond @ Blue Hills
840 Hillside St, Milton, MA 02186
Houghton's Pond is a 24-acre pond located at the Blue Hills Reservation. The location was formed about 10,000 yearsMore ago from melting glaciers and now offers a wide range of recreational amenities for the entire family to enjoy, including a playground, pavilion, visitors center and restrooms. Hiking, fishing and swimming are permitted. During the summer lifeguards are on staff. Picnic areas can be reserved but alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
Houghton's Pond Recreation Area
695 Hillside St, Milton, MA 02186
This swimming and fishing pond is part of the Blue Hills Reservation that's operated by the Department of ConservationMore and Recreation. The pond itself is 24-acres wide and up to 42 feet deep. Seasonally, there is stocked fishing, supervised swimming, a concession pavilion and visitor's center. Surrounding the pond is a playground, ball fields and available hiking as part of the Reservation's 125 miles of trails. Supervised swimming is open in July and August from 10am to 6pm daily.
Blue Hills Trailside Museum
1904 Canton Ave, Milton, MA 02186
The museum is the center and starting point for the Blue Hills Reservation, which stretches for 7,000 acres and 150More miles of trails. Along with guided or unguided tours of the trails, visitors can spend time at the center itself, where there are indoor animal exhibits, items for sale and picnic areas. Weekend programs, incuding a live animal exhibition are free. The gift shop also offers food and drinks for sale, and is handicap accessible. Museum policy discourages smoking, pets and taking plant samples. Come year round, from morning to night, to walk the trails and observe nature.
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