If you’re looking to spend some quality time outdoors with your family, you can’t miss in the Berkshires. Whether you choose to spend an afternoon on horseback, or an evening at the ballpark, your family will end up with smiles on their faces.
Ashuwillticook Rail Trail
Less than 20 minutes from Jiminy, the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is a former railroad corridor converted into a 10-foot wide paved path suitable for walking, jogging, biking, and rollerblading. The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail passes through the Hoosac River Valley, between Mt. Greylock and the Hoosac Mountains. Cheshire Reservoir, the Hoosac River, and associated wetland communities flank much of the trail offering outstanding views and abundant wildlife. The trail is 11 miles long, beginning at the Berkshire Mall and ending in the center of Adams. Bike rentals are available at Jiminy this year.
Berkshire Horseback Adventures
Travel along the beautiful shaded trails of Kennedy Park and Lenox Mountain, enjoying breathtaking views of Berkshire County. Berkshire Horseback Adventures has a full menu of opportunities, from one hour pleasure rides to overnight camping trips.
Harmony Trails features guided rides on beautiful horses. There are a variety of trails to choose from – all with beautiful views to enjoy. Harmony Trails is licensed and child friendly, offering rides for everybody from first timers to advanced riders. Pony rides are also available. Please call ahead.
Ioka Valley Farm
A real working farm less than a half mile from Jiminy. See how real maple syrup is made or have a picnic, pet the baby animals at Uncle Don’s Barnyard or take a hayride. There’s always something fun to do at Ioka.
Several options exist for baseball fans. Professional baseball has been played in Pittsfield dating all the way back to the early 1900’s, and perhaps even earlier. Minor league affiliates of the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Pittsfield Mets, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, and Milwaukee Brewers have all called Pittfield home.
North Adams Steeplecats
The Steeplecats open their third season in June. The New England Collegiate Baseball League is summer collegiate baseball at its best! The League starts its summer season in early June and plays an eight week 42-game per team schedule.
Formerly the Pittsfield Astros of the NYPenn League, the Valleycats have their home opener at Joe Bruno Stadium, less than an hour from Jiminy, scheduled for Wednesday, June 23. Hopes are high as the Minor League affiliate of the Houston Astros enter their third season.
Several options exist if you would prefer something indoors to do as well.
Berkshire Museum: Located in downtown Pittsfield right next to Center Square. This is a great museum that rotates in a new theme every six months.
Berkshire Mall: Over 70 stores which include JC Penny, Sears, Filene’s, Eddie Bauer, Eastern Mountain Sports and Old Navy. Right between Route’s 7 and 8 in Lanesborough.
Hancock Shaker Village: Learn about how the Shakers worked, ate, slept and lived by visiting this one of a kind village. And kids love seeing the baby animals at the Hancock Shaker Village farm.
Images Cinema: Independent Film for Independent Minds. For Show show times and event schedules click the link above.
MASSMoCA: The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art is the largest museum of its kind in the nation and it never stops growing.
Prime Outlets at Lee: Over 60 designer outlets that are easily accessible just off exit 2 of the Pike.
For more online information on area activities for families, visit the Williamstown Chamber of Commerce’s website and the Berkshire Visitors Bureau Web Site