BEYOND BOSTON (third Thu of every month ’til 8 p.m.). $16; seniors & students $14; children (4–17) $6. This world-renowned, 35,000-piece collection of paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media span 5,000 years of art and culture. Special exhibits: Last Defense: The Genius of Japanese Meiji Metalwork; Jeppson Idea Lab: Master Vases from Ancient Greece; Dangerous Liaisons Revisited; beginning Mar 10—The Mystery of Worcester’s Leonardo.
Sights of Interest BLUE HILLS RESERVATION
Covering more than 7,000 acres in the suburbs of Boston, Blue Hills Reservation offers a number of fun seasonal activities, including camping, fishing, hiking, downhill skiing (pictured) and mountain biking, as well as scenic views and more than 125 miles of trails. Reservation Headquarters, 695 Hillside St., Milton, 617-698-1802.
MINUTE MAN NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK 978-369-6993, Concord and Lexington (North Bridge Visitor Center, 174 Liberty St., Concord), nps.gov/mima. Park grounds open sunrise to sunset. Created in 1959 to preserve the sites associated with the opening battles of the American Revolution, Minute Man Park consists of more than 900 acres of land along original segments of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, including Lexington Green and Concord’s North Bridge. OLD STURBRIDGE VILLAGE 1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, 800-7331830, osv.org. Wed–Sun 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. $28; seniors $26; students & children (4–17) $14. Take a trip back in time at this recreation of an early 19th-century New England village where costumed educators give visitors a glimpse of life in America’s early days. Visit a tin shop, a cider mill and a blacksmith, ride the old-fashioned stagecoach and tour restorations of period New England homes. Special event: Sat & Sun Mar 3–25—Maple Days. 48
PLIMOTH PLANTATION 137 Warren Ave., Plymouth, 508-746-1622, INSIDE TIP: plimoth.org. Beginning Plimoth Mar 17—daily 9 a.m.–5 Plantation’s opening weekend p.m. $31; seniors $28; celebration children (5–12) $19.95; features a concert (under 5) free. When by famed Celtic the Pilgrims landed in harpist Áine Minogue on March America in 1620, they 18 from 4–6 p.m. landed at Plymouth Rock. They built their settlement three miles south of the rock and named it Plimoth Plantation. Today, visitors can tour the Plantation and see how the Pilgrims went about their daily lives, hunting, gathering and making crafts. WALDEN POND STATE RESERVATION 915 Walden St., Concord/Lincoln, 978369-3254, mass.gov/locations/waldenpond-state-reservation. Daily 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Parking: $15 non-resident, $8 resident. This National Historic Landmark features 335 acres of protected open space that preserves the area made famous by Henry David Thoreau, complete with hiking trails that lead to the replica of Thoreau’s one-room cabin. In summer, it is a popular swimming destination. Year-round interpretive programs and guided walks are offered, as well as a gift shop, bookstore and the Tsongas Gallery. WOLF HOLLOW 114 Essex Road, Ipswich, 978-356-0216, wolfhollowipswich.org. Sun 1–3 p.m., weather permitting. $8.50; seniors & children (3–17) $6. This wolf sanctuary offers a unique opportunity to meet a pack of gray wolves while enjoying an enlightening educational presentation during which visitors can observe the wolves interacting with their pack-mates at close range. YANKEE CANDLE VILLAGE 25 Greenfield Road, South Deerfield, 877-636-7707, yankeecandle.com. Daily 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Part of a larger complex devoted to the company, this flagship includes a candle store and the Bavarian Christmas Village, along with spots for ice cream, homemade fudge and more. Visitors can even dip their own creations at this must-see for fans of the popular scented candles.