What to do?

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

Ipswich River
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.