Summer and Early Fall in
North Central Massachusetts

Fun for Everyone in Johnny Appleseed Country

All four seasons shine in North Central Massachusetts but its summer when the region really comes alive. From July through October residents and guests alike return to the outdoors to enjoy all the activities that make the area such a true New England gem. Summer and Fall bring out the true beauty of the region and some of the most popular recreational activities for outdoor enthusiasts.

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Foliage Mountain View - North Central Massachusetts

The Mountains and their Natural Beauty

The warmer days bring the hikers back out to Wachusett Mountain Reservation, Leominster State Forest, Mass. Audubon Sanctuaries and all the other trails and walking paths dotted throughout the region.

Bicyclists take to scenic country roads, rock climbers take to the slopes of Crow Hill and canoers and kayakers enjoying the local ponds and lakes. The fish are biting, birds are chirping, the leaves of the trees whistle in the wind, and the sun shines well into the evening. Golf courses are abuzz with activity and walkers enjoy strolls down country roads and forest paths. Outdoor events and festivals are abundant, even at winter hubs such as Wachusett Mountain Ski Area.

Biking in Leominster State Forest - North Central Massachusetts - Photo Credit Andrew Santoro

A Tour of the Countryside

Ice cream stands and farmers markets are open and thriving in the villages and towns throughout the region. Mother Nature has painted the trees and hillsides with the beautiful green foliage that is in full bloom. Orchards are open offering their seasonal bounty and garage sales and antique markets dot the landscape everywhere. There is so much to enjoy for all ages throughout North Central Massachusetts. For shoppers, summer sales at the quaint shops and specials for diners, restaurants and all local craft breweries offer outdoor seating to make the most of the warmer days and nights.

Take a picturesque drive through one of the 27 classic & historic New England towns in the region and enjoy the fresh mountain air and scenic countryside. It’s all waiting for you in North Central Massachusetts!

Red Apple Farm Orchard in Phillipston, MA - North Central Mass

Outdoor Recreation, Attractions & Shopping

Launch Trampoline Park in Leominster, MA - North Central Massachusetts

Art and Culture

  • Attend a concert at the spectacular new Groton Hill Music Center.
  • Visit the Fitchburg Art Museum and explore their impressive collection of historic and modern art! With a variety of exhibits showcasing diverse forms of artistic expression, it's a great opportunity for kids to glimpse into the past and discover new perspectives.
  • Make a stop at the Russian Icons Museum and explore their fascinating exhibits! While you're there, be sure to visit their family area on the lower level, which features a variety of books, coloring pages, and traditional Russian toys for kids to enjoy.
  • If you're looking to discover some amazing new art check out Creative Connections Gift Shop & Gallery in Ashburnham, Gallery Sitka in Shirley, or Gardner Area League of Artists in Gardner for a fantastic selection of local artwork.
North Central Massachusetts

Food, Farms & Craft Beverages

  • Sample a traditional New England meal at the Old Mill Restaurant or the Bull Run Restaurant.
  • Take your family to meet an alpacas and llamas family at Plain View Farm.
  • Looking for a delicious treat? Head to Red Apple Farm and enjoy their famous apple cider donuts! But that's not all – the region is home to a variety of year-round orchards and farm shops where you can sample local produce and treats.
  • Head over to Davis Farmland and visit the farm animals! With plenty of outdoor activities and attractions there's something for everyone.
  • Attend one of the Kid's Workshops at In the Meadow Farm! With a variety of hands-on activities and learning opportunities, it's a great way to engage young minds and inspire their creativity.
  • Indulge in some of the tastiest and freshest locally made ice cream at Kimball Farm, Rota Spring Farm or Cherry Hill Farm.
  • Don't forget to stop by the Gardner Ale House or Wachusett Brewery for a tasty beverage or a delicious lunch.
Cherry Hill Ice Cream - North Central Massachusetts
Fitchburg Art Museum - Fitchburg, MA
Fitchburg Art Museum

185 Elm Street Fitchburg, MA, 01420 Phone: 978-345-4207

A creative adventure for the whole family

There is great family fun and creative magic at the Fitchburg Art Museum. FAM present galleries filled with antiquities from Egypt, Greece and Rome, Africa and 19th century New England. Take a journey across time and you’ll discover sculptures, everyday objects, realistic reproductions of tomb walls, and even a mummy. Intriguing Learning Lounges feature interactive spaces where you can listen to an artist describe her own process, create your own art project, or contribute to a communal art work. Bring a sketch pad and pencils, and let draw your reactions to the art you see. Check out the exhibitions of art from schools, community organizations, and local artist groups in the Community Gallery and even show something that you’ve created.
Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center - Visit North Central Massachusetts
Visit North Central Massachusetts

1000 Route 2 West (between Exits 103 & 102) Lancaster, MA, 01523 Phone: 978-534-2302

Visit North Central Massachusetts provides expertise and recommendations on all of the amazing things to see, places to go, and activities to do throughout the 27 communities in the region. At the visitor center in Lancaster, MA, you can browse through information about local businesses, restaurants and events to find the best ways to have fun in the area. Find brochures and guides on their official website.