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Social distancing is crucial to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus however, it’s natural to begin feeling cooped up while staying home. Luckily, there are still ways to release pent up energy, exercise, and take in a bit of sun. If you plan on going outside for a walk remember to maintain a safe distance from others and avoid any crowded areas.

 

Here are a few great places to check out in Massachusetts.

 

Blue Hills Reservation, Milton

 

While the area does have a few very popular trails, there are more than 7,000 acres of land and over 125 miles of trails. The reservation includes moderate to difficult hiking trails, mountain biking trails, and picnic areas near Houghton’s Pond. 

 

Cape Cod Biking Trails

 

Cape Cod offers a number of bike paths for cyclists. The Canal trail connects with Bourne and Sandwich and has miles of biking trails on either side of the canal. There are great views of Little Harbor and Martha’s Vineyard. Parking can be found on Route 124 and Route 134 that will connect you to the 22-mile network of paths.

 

Castle Island and Crane Beach, Ipswich

 

Ipswich Bay, Crane Beach offers miles of trails that provide beautiful views of the sea. During the state’s mandatory lockdown the buildings are all closed and there is no horseback riding allowed. 

 

Fruitlands Museum Walking Trails, Harvard

 

The Fruitlands Museum Walking Trails are about 3.2 miles long and are well marked throughout the museum’s 210 acres. While the indoor exhibit is closed there is still a beautiful meadow landscape for visitors to take in that offers views of Mount Monadnock and Mount Wachusett. 

 

The Back Bay Fens

 

The Back Bay Fens is a wonderful way to see a number of Boston neighborhoods. You can start at the Boston Common and walk the loop around the neck of the peninsula to Franklin Park. On a nice day, it’s a great walk to take in nature and can cover about nine miles. If you don’t want to do the entire walk, check out the Kelleher Rose Garden and the Victory Gardens from World War II. 

 

Neponset River Reservation

 

If you’re in Lower Mills take your bicycle and go on a nice ride along the Neponset River Greenway. The bike path is about 5 miles long and connects Boston Harbor to Blue Hills Reservation. 

 

It’s important to note that depending on the current guidelines and restrictions some places may be closed temporarily. Always make sure that you are keeping your distance from others while you enjoy some fresh air.