Outdoor Activities and Parks
Appleton Farms Grass Rides – Hamilton
Walking trails and cross-country skiing.
Bialek Park – Ipswich
Large play structure for various ages. Baseball field and 3 tennis courts for community use. Restrooms are available in the summer
Bradley Palmer State Park – Topsfield
Great place for hiking, biking, picnicking, canoeing and bird watching. One mile paved road is great for rollerblading and there is a wading pond in season for the young ones. Entrance off Highland Street and on Asbury Street, off of Topsfield Road.
Cable Gardens Hill – Ipswich
Sloping hill just in front of Cable Gardens. Excellent for sledding and snow-tubing in the winter. Located at the corner of Routes 1A and 133.
Daniel Boone Park – Ipswich
Picnicking, hiking and fishing in a quiet forested setting. Located on Spring Street.
Father Ryc Park – Ipswich
Small park with playground equipment and picnic area. Located on the Ipswich River. Take Estes Street to Kimball Street.
Giles Firmin Park – Ipswich
Small park suitable for picnics. Playground equipment. Located on County Road
Foote Brothers Canoe/Kayak rentals or enjoy the river on your own kayak.
New England Bike Tours
Great Freedom Adventures, a local MA adventure travel company, offers multi-day bike tours on the north shore with two of the nights being spent in Ipswich.
Russell Orchards – Ipswich
Pick your own fresh fruit and vegetables. Family recreation. Farm animals for petting, play area and picnic area. Great place to take children for a leisure afternoon and don’t miss the cider donuts!
Howe Street Park – Ipswich
Small park suitable for picnics. Playground equipment. Located off of Linebrook Road.
Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, Massachusetts Audubon Society – Topsfield
Home of the Rockery. Numerous nature trails and specimen trees. Classes and courses offered year round for adults and children. Located on Perkins Row.
Pavilion Beach/Great Neck Park – Ipswich
Beach at entrance to Little Neck with playground facilities nearby.
Willowdale State Park – Ipswich
Great hiking, mountain biking and cross-country skiing. Main entrance of of Route 1 hear Hood Pond.