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WESTFORDCAT’S GUIDE TO SUMMER FUN IN WESTFORD

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Westford may seem like a buttoned up community during the winter, but come summer, fun is the operative word here. The community that is home to the original Kimball Farm location with its miniature golf courses and bumper boats, has a boat-load of additional activities to offer. WestfordCAT prepared this guide to help residents find nearby things to do.

WATER ACTIVITIES

Town Beaches

The town has two lakeside beaches.

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  1. Forge Pond is in the Forge Village section at the end of an access road that runs along the railroad tracks opposite the Abbot Mill, just south of the traffic light on Route 225/Pleasant Street. **Directions**

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  1. Edwards Beach is located in the Nabnasset section at the end of Williams Avenue off Plain Road. While there, take a romp at the Ronan McElligott Playground. **Directions**

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The season runs from June 17 to Aug. 25

“Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Fees: Westford residents will be admitted free-of-charge, but must have proof of residency. Non-residents are $5 per person, per day. Those 3 and under, and seniors 65 and over are admitted free.

Town of Westford Season Beach Pass

Nonresidents may purchase a season pass at the beaches for $75 for a family of five.

Beach passes for non-residents are available during summer beach season.

Please note: only Coast Guard approved flotation devices in good and serviceable condition may be used at Westford Town Beaches.The PFD (Personal Flotation Device) must be the appropriate size for the intended user. No lifeguards will be on duty.

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Beach Concession Stand Hours: Monday-Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Also known as “the snack shack,” the Parks & Recreation beach concession stands are located at both beaches, offering chips, candy, frozen treats, cold drinks, and lunch.”

Source: WestfordRec.org

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Burges Pond at East Boston Camps

66 Depot Street, Westford [at the train crossing]

Directions

Canoe, fish, swim, or sit quietly on the banks of Burges Pond and enjoy the tranquility. The pond is located inside the pristine 287 acres known colloquially as East Boston Camps — named for a summer camp for kids from East Boston held there from 1937 to around 2007. This town-owned property offers miles of hiking trails in addition to the water activities.

Source: http://westfordfriendsebc.org/

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One Stop Fun
49 Powers Road, Westford
888.375.4489

Directions

Pool Plaza at One Stop Fun

“Our outdoor interactive pool is designed specifically for kids. Five water slides, a mushroom spray and water features provide fun for children of all ages. Available for summer-long family fun. Swim lessons and pool memberships, packages and daily rates are available.”

Summerlong pool membership for a family – $499 (unlimited use)

One month pool membership for a family — $285 (start anytime)

Hours
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Editor’s note: One Stop Fun supports the Westford Coalition for Non-Violence and the Live for Liv Foundation.

Source: https://www.onestopfun.com/

PASSIVE RECREATIONAL OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. COURTESY PHOTO

Bruce Freeman Rail Trail. COURTESY PHOTO

Locations with parking areas and trail access are noted on the website.

Hours

Sunrise to sundown

With phase 2a now completed, the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail stretches 11.7 miles from Lowell at the Cross Point building to Lowell, ending before the Route 2 rotary in Concord. Bicyclists, walkers, and rollerbladers all bring a contagious energy to the trail. Bikers riding through Chelmsford will get a close-up view of beautiful Heart Pond where they can stop and picnic on the sandy beach before continuing on to NARA Park in Acton offering another swimming area and other resources for tired riders in need of rest. Parking is not available in Westford, so check the website for legal parking areas.

Source: http://brucefreemanrailtrail.org/

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Kimball Farm
400 Littleton Road
Westford, Massachusetts
(978) 486-3891

Directions

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Hours (Ice Cream Stand):

10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Kimball Farm is famous for its freshly made ice cream in a variety of flavors. But the recreation destination offers much more, including a selection of grilled food, salads, fried plates, and seafood specials at its outdoor restaurant. Here’s a list of the activities offered at the Westford-based Kimball Farm.

Ice Cream
Grill/Seafood
Country Store
Mini Golf
Driving Range
Pitch & Putt
Bumper Boats
Animal Adventures
Grand Slam Batting Cages
Olde Sawmill Arcade
Soaring Eagle Zip Line
Spin Zone Bumper Cars
Pony Rides
Give Me Five
Corporate / Private Events
Gift Certificates

(Kimball Farm is also located in Lancaster, Carlisle, and Jaffrey, New Hampshire.)

Source: http://kimballfarm.com/westford/

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Westford Conservation Trust Trails

The Westford Conservation Trust website provides links to almost 30 trails in Westford open to anyone. Check out the trail guide or purchase a trail book for $5 at the Westford Town Clerk’s office, 55 Main St., Westford.

Peace Trail access point on Boston Road near Drew Garden

Peace Trail access point on Boston Road near Drew Garden

“Trails through forests and fields and along waterways in Westford are used in a variety of passive recreational activities like hiking, jogging, bird watching, horseback riding, and cross country skiing.”

Source: https://westfordconservationtrust.org

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

5 Gould Road, Westford
978-995-7002
[email protected]
Directions

The Maker Farm offers activities for children and adults, and will be launching a farmers market on July 12. Children’s summer camps begin June 19 and run through the third week of August. The farm is the realization Emily Piper’s dream of bringing arts, crafts and farm life to the community, according to the Maker Farm website. Piper lives on the farm with her husband Eric,daughter, “Cora, their dog, two cats, four ponies, two goat, three sheep, and a flock of hens (and a silly rooster).”

Source: https://www.themakerfarm.com/

INDOOR ACTIVITIES

The Butterfly Place

120 Tyngsboro Road, Westford
(978) 392-0955
[email protected]
Directions

Hours:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week

Admission fees:
Adults: $13
Seniors (65+): $11
Children (3-12 years): $9
Children (2 and under): Free

“See New England butterflies and tropical species from all over the world. Walk along a winding pathway. Observe butterflies sipping from flowers, basking in the sunshine and flying freely in a natural habitat. Enjoy our koi fish and quail birds which live among the butterflies. Visit the “show and tell bench” where a staff member is always available to answer your questions and help make your visit fun. See eggs, caterpillars or other interesting creatures up close.”
Source: https://butterflyplace-ma.com/index.html

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The Escape Room
434 Littleton Road, Westford
978-339-4468
Directions

WestfordCAT staffers visit the Escape Room in Westford on Jan. 19. PHOTO BY GABRIELLE DAVIS

WestfordCAT staffers visit the Escape Room in Westford on Jan. 19. PHOTO BY GABRIELLE DAVIS

Hours

By appointment

Admission
Tickets are $27 per person or $169 for a private room with up to eight people.

Escape from the Lost City of the Monkey God or the Titletown Ring Thief by finding clues and unlocking trunks and doors. Collaboration with your teammates is the key to fleeing the room.

Source: https://www.escaperoomwestford.com/faq/

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J.V. Fletcher Library
50 Main St., Westford
978-692-5555

Directions

J.V. Fletcher Library (credit John Phelan)

J.V. Fletcher Library (credit John Phelan)

Rock, Roll, and READ! Magic Show with Mike Bent kicks off the summer season for kids on June 27 at the J.V. Fletcher Library. Perfomances geared for kids, Camp Read-A-Lot, Lego City Build and Harry Potter’s Birthday Party are just a few of the rich programs offered this season. Some programs require registration so check here before going.

Source: www.westfordlibrary.org

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MoviePass

For the rainy summer days when outdoor activities aren’t possible, use your MoviePass to see a summer movie. The pass is good at O’Neil Cinemas at The Point in Littleton, Showcase Cinema de Lux Lowell and The Luna Theater in Lowell. Register here.

Source: https://www.moviepass.com/

OUTDOOR DINING

The Sunset Tiki Bar & Grill
79 Powers Road, Westford

978-692-5700

Directions

2018 Summer Hours:

Monday – Saturday – 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Sunday – Closed

Take a swim in the pond, play an outdoor game or dine outdoors at dusk with heater lamps nearby. The Tiki Bar & Grill brings soft music before sunset and a band performance after 9 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday. Enjoy karaoke singing on Monday nights.

Click here to see a menu.

Source: https://sunset-tiki.com/

Rapscallion
Table & Tap
5 Strawberry Hill Road, Acton
978-429-8161

“An Old English word meaning “a playfully mischievous individual,” we adopted the name Rapscallion from a special line of beers within Concord Brewery’s portfolio when we became its fourth ownership group in 2007. As two young brothers from humble beginnings and a long line of small business owners, the name appealed to us for its history, its uniqueness and most of all its association with rebelliousness. We’ve always cheered for the underdog, the self-made man and the Robin Hoods of the world, because we believe in living with humility, working hard, and giving back. Nearly a decade later, the name “Rapscallion” continues to hold true as a moniker of a model which is defiantly small: Rapscallion is a MA-only microbrewery that puts freshness, quality and consistency above all else, honoring the craft, the Rapscallion customer and the communities we call home.” Click here to see a menu.

Hours

Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Sunday – 12 p.m.-11:30.p.m.
Kitchen closes at 9:30.p.m.

*Reservations recommended
for Friday and Saturday evenings

Source: http://drinkrapscallion.com/acton/

-THINGS TO DO OUTSIDE WESTFORD

Acton Arboretum

2 Taylor Road, Acton

978-929-6634

Directions

“The Arboretum boasts a trail system through open meadows, beside woodland ponds, along a glacial esker, and through a bog. A handicapped accessible trail provides access to the herb garden, butterfly garden, hosta garden, daylily garden, rhododendron garden, lilac fragrance garden, and a pond planting. The Wildflower Trail provides access to a wide range of woodland habitats.”

Hours

Open everyday, year-round, dawn to dusk.

Parking

Parking is available at the Arboretum’s main entrance, off Taylor Road. Much of the area adjacent to the parking lot is handicapped-accessible, and is open, with gravel paths, gardens, bridges, and picnic tables. Trails and paths crisscross the entire area.

Source: http://actonarboretum.org/

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Long Lake

20 Town Road, Littleton

978.540.2490 or 978.590.3220

Directions

Beach Passes

Annual Pass – $40/Residents
Annual Pass – $100/Non Residents
Annual Pass – $25/Senior 60+ Resident or Non Resident

Year-round Hours

Dawn to dusk, daily,

Summer hours

Weekend Only Full Operations:  Saturdays/Sundays, through June 24, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Full Beach Operations:        Monday-Sunday, June 25 – Sept.3, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Beach Closes for Season:     Monday, Sept. 3, 6 p.m.

Amenities

Snack Shack
Boat Rentals: Canoes, Kayaks, Paddleboards, and Sailboats
Swim lessons, sailing, junior lifeguard, beach yoga, paddleboard yoga, Triathlon Clinics

Space rentals for private group events

Source: https://www.littletonma.org/parks-recreation/parks/pages/long-lake-beach

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Great Brook Farm State Park

165 North Road, Carlisle, MA 01741
(978) 369-6312

Directions

“This 1000-acre park features more than 20 miles of trails. You can see notable Native American sites and 17th-century cellar holes leftover from English settlers. There’s also an active dairy farm that offers free tours on weekends.”

Activities

  • Hiking
    Horseback riding
    Mountain biking
    Biking
    Canoeing and kayaking
    Fishing
    Cross-country skiing

Hours

Sunrise to sunset

Parking

Daily parking fees from April 1 through October 31
Massachusetts and non-Massachusetts residents –  $3

Source: https://www.mass.gov/locations/great-brook-farm-state-park

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Splash Pad at Manning State Park
39 Chelmsford Road
Billerica, Massachusetts

978-671-0921

Directions

Hours
The Splash Pad water playground is open from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. from early June to late August. Restrooms are only open when a Park Attendant is on duty.

Admission

$5 daily or $50 for a seasonal pass. Admission is allowed only when a park attendant is on duty. Passes can be purchased from the attendant or from the office with cash or check only.

Source: http://www.town.billerica.ma.us/Facilities/Facility/Details/Manning-State-Park-4

-AREA ICE CREAM STANDS

Gary’s (homemade) Ice Cream

Gorham Street – Route 3A at Brick Kiln Road (across from Chelmsford Bible Church), East Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Directions

Hours:

Monday – Sunday – 12 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Source: http://www.garysicecream.com/

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Great Brook Dairy Farm

247 North Rd
Carlisle
(978) 371-7083

Directions

Hours

Monday to Sunday – 11 a.m. to  8 p.m.

Source: https://www.yelp.com/biz/great-brook-dairy-farm-carlisle

Kimball Farm (see above for hours of operation)

Westford

400 Littleton Road, Westford

(978) 486-3891

Directions

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Carlisle

343 Bedford Rd. (Rt. 225) Carlisle, MA 01741
(978) 369-1910
Directions

Lancaster

1543 Lunenburg Road (Rt. 70)
Lancaster, MA 01523
(978) 534-9800

Directions

Jaffrey, New Hampshire

158 Turnpike Road (Rt. 124)
Jaffrey, NH 03452
(603) 532-5765
Directions

Source: https://kimballfarm.com/

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Sullivan Ice Cream

176 Middlesex Road

Tyngsboro

978-649-9202

Directions

Hours

Monday – Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p..m.

Source: http://sullivanfarmsicecream.com/

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Sully’s Ice Cream Stand

55 Graniteville Road
Chelmsford

(978) 256-5971

Directions

Hours

Monday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tuesday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m

Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m

Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m

Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m

Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Source: http://sullyschelmsford.com/