Whitney and Thayer Woods, Hingham
Here you'll find 10 miles of carriage roads along which you can amble through resurgent hardwood forests to open fields and spectacular vistas of the South Shore and Boston skyline. Look for solitary boulders left by the last ice age and explore a hermit’s cave along the way. Cross the street to family-friendly Weir River Farm, where you and your kids can get up-close to horses, sheep, and chickens.
Along the 10 miles of trails you’ll find the Milliken Memorial Path, which is lined with rhododendrons, azaleas, and other bright, blooming shrubs from more southerly climes. Planted in the late 1920s, the serene pathway was dedicated in memory of Mabel Minott Milliken by her husband, Arthur N. Milliken.
You’ll also see several glacial erratics that dot the landscape, including a grouping called Ode’s Den, named after Theodore “Ode” Pritchard, who lived under one of the boulders after losing his home in 1830. Bigelow Boulder honors the author of the first volume of The Narrative History of Cohasset. The American holly grove is a delightful spot, though it’s a little off the beaten path and might be too far for young children.