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Dunn State Park – is a public recreation area surrounding a 20 acre pond in Gardner MA. The total site is 132 acres. The land was left to the city of Gardner in 1915 by furniture manufacturer John Ainsworth Dunn and was later transferred to the state of MA and is now managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation. Dunn State Park is located off of Route 101. Wikipedia Article Info Google Map

Lake Wampanoag Wildlife Sanctuary located on Raymond Street in Gardner. Mass Audubon Information Trail Map pdf Google Map

The Gardner Chair – located on Elm Street in Gardner See photos of the Gardner Chair in Gardner Historical Photos – Google Map

North Central Pathway – is a paved trail which begins in Gardner at the Veterans Memorial Skating Rink on the eastern shore of Crystal Lake and goes behind Heywood Hospital where there is a Wellness Loop off the paved path. The path then picks up off of Green Street where it goes down an old railroad bed into the town of Winchendon. From the official Gardner Website – Google Map

Bickford Playground is located at 64 West Broadway in Gardner and features baseball and softball, a basketball court, an open grass field, playground, volleyball and a walking track. Google Map

Greenwood Park is located at 77 Jean Street in Gardner and offers baseball and softball, a basketball court, an open grass field, and playground. Google Map

The Gardner Municipal Airport is located at 499 Airport Road in Gardner. (978) 632-9876 Google Map

Greenwood Memorial Outdoor Pool and Spray Park located at 69 Park Street in Gardner. From the official Gardner website.

Jackson Playground and Skate Park located at 151 Cross Street in Gardner offers a playground designed for ages 5 to 12, a field for baseball and softball, and a basketball court. Google Map

Monument Park is located at 1 Cottage Street in Gardner. It is the home of the city of Gardner bandstand which has seasonal movies in the park and concerts. Benches and on-street parking available. Google Map

Pulaski Playground is accessed via 2 Charbonneau Street or via Wright Street in Gardner featuring a playground for children, 2 basketball courts, a walking path and a new Dog off-leash dog park in 2019. There is a parking lot at each access point. Google Map

Gardner Municipal Golf Course is located at 152 Eaton Street in Gardner. It is an 18 hole golf course. Official Golf Course Website – Google Map

Rietta Flea Market is located just outside Gardner on Route 68 in Hubbardston and is a major attraction on Sundays from April to November. Official Rietta Flea Market Website.- Google Map

Indoor Activities

The Gardner Museum located at 28 Pearl Street in Gardner offers great historical treatfare for history buffs of the Greater Gardner area. Gardner Museum website. Google Map

Mount Wachusett Community College is a community college located off 444 Green Street in Gardner and the site of many area indoor and outdoor activities. MWCC website. Google Map

Levi Heywood Memorial Library located at 55 W. Lynde Street in Gardner. The library website provides information on current hours. Patrons are also able to access downloadable audio and ebooks. Members of Friends of the Library also have access to discount passes for attractions including the Boston Children’s MuseumCheshire Children’s Museum, Davis FarmlandDiscovery MuseumEcotariumThe Eric Carle MuseumMuseum of Fine Arts BostonMuseum of ScienceRoger Williams Park ZooSpringfield MuseumsTower Hill Botanic Gardenthe Trustees of Reservations Go PassWorcester Art MuseumZoo New England, Department of Conservation and Recreation for MassachusettsMystic AquariumSalem Witch Museum, and the U.S.S. Constitution Museum – Library Website – Google Map – Library Attraction passes page

Gardner Senior Center is located at 294 Pleasant Street in Gardner. (978) 630-4067 Information of Official Gardner Website – Google Map

Indoor Shopping and Attractions:

Timpany Plaza, Gardner MA features a Movie Theater called Gardner Cinemas, Big Lots, Restaurants like Papa Gino’s and SawaAsian Cuisine & Lounge, Dollar Tree, and Tractor Supply, and more. Website for Malls in America. Google Map

Gardner Plaza, Gardner MA – has Ocean State Job Lot, a Wendy’s, Staples, Aubuchon Hardware, and more.Google Map

Gardner Cinemas in Gardner MA featuring movies (978) 632-9000 Gardner Cinemas website. Google Map

Walmart Supercenter in Gardner MA located at 677 Timpany Boulevard, Gardner MA Official Store page Google Map

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News About Things to Do in the Greater Gardner area

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    Greater Gardner MA Event Machine

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    Visiting Gardner – Revealing Secrets

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  • Concerts on the Common – Princeton

    Princeton is featuring Concerts on the Common. Dates this summer include July 21 – 6-8pm Slograss, a relaxing, yet tight-as-they-come New England Bluegrass Band and August 11 – 6-8pm Jake McElvie and the Countetops, a unique indie rock, stream of consciousness band. For more details, click here.

  • Brew Barn Music – Phillipston

    The Brew Barn & Cidery at the Red Apple Farm in Phillipston has a series of music performances during the months of July and August. Click here for complete list of performances.

  • Christmas in July – Oakham

    The Town of Oakham is holding a new event on Saturday, July 24, 2021: Christmas in July. The event brings grandparents and grandchildren together offering professional colored hand-drawn caracatures. More details.

  • Hardwick Community Fair

    The 258th Hardwick Community Fair will be held August 20 & 21, 2021 on the common in Hardwick Massachusetts. Hardwick says the fair originated in 1762 and is the oldest fair in the United States. Visit the Hardwick Fair website. This is just one of several items in the 4 page Hardwick MA July Newsletter.

  • Monument Park Concerts

    Concerts at Gardner’s Monument Park:

    6/19/2021            6 pm      6/23/2021            Danny LeBlanc   Soft/Classic Rock

    6/26/2021            6 pm      6/30/2021            The Green Sisters            Folk

    7/3/2021              6 pm      None     Holdin’ Back        Patriotic

    7/10/2021            6 pm      None     The Remedy      Pop, Rock, Blues, Oldies & Country

    7/17/2021            6 pm      7/21/2021            Retro Stew         60’s/70’s/80’s

    7/24/2021            6 pm      7/28/2021            Mr. Strickland    —

    7/31/2021            6 pm      8/4/2021              Jumpin’ Juba      Blues

    8/7/2021              6 pm      8/11/2021            Maestro’s Men Polish

    8/14/2021            5 pm      8/18/2021            Beatles For Sale                Tribute

    8/21/2021            5 pm      None     Fellowship of the King   Elvis Tribute

    8/28/2021            5 pm      None     The Big Random               Classic Rock

  • Summer Concerts – Barre

    Nornay Park 2021 Summer Concert Series in Barre

    2021 Summer Concerts

    The Catnip Junkies – Saturday, June 5 – 6 to 8 p.m.

    Holdin’Back – Saturday, June 12 – 6 to 8 p.m.

    The Big Random – Saturday, June 26 – 6 to 8 p.m.

    Alley Kings – Saturday, July 10 – 6 to 8 p.m.

    Tequila Mockingbird – Saturday, July 24 – 6 to 8 p.m.

    The Otters – Saturday, August 7 – 6 to 8 p.m.

    Nashville Blues – Saturday, August 21 – 6 to 8 p.m.

    Nornay Park has a separate website.

  • 24th Annual Hubbardston Library 5K Road Race/Walk

    The 24th Annual Hubbardston Library 5K Road Race/Walk is scheduled for Saturday September 11, 2021 at 9:00am sharp. The race starts at Hubbardston Center School. Registration is $22 prior to August 2nd and $25 thereafter. The first 100 registrants receive a FREE long sleeve t-shirt. For more information and a link to the entry form, please click here.

Attractions Outside the City of Gardner

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Amusement ParkSix Flags New England 1623 Main Street Agawam, MA 01001Rides, Water park, food, fun, and musicOfficial WebsiteGoogle Map

Animals and Maze

Davis’ Farmland Children’s Discovery Farm & MegaMaze
145 Redstone Hill Road
Sterling, MA 01564

Davis’ Farmland features the largest exhibit of endangered farm animals in North America. A super-fun Children’s Discovery Farm. Pet and feed the animals, enjoy pony rides, and explore the many discovery play areas, cool off in New England’s largest zero depth water spray-ground or pick apples in the fall. Take part in daily and weekend events! Best for children up to age 8. Adults are only admitted when accompanied by a child 12 years or younger. From 190 take exit 6 and follow the signs
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Fitchburg Art Museum
185 Elm St.,
Fitchburg, MA 01420

A family-friendly museum featuring fourteen galleries that house a diverse collection of American and European paintings, prints, drawings, ceramics and decorative arts as well as Greek, Roman, Asian and pre-Columbian antiquities. In addition, the Museum organizes temporary exhibitions of works from other museums, private collections, and emerging and established contemporary artists. Fitchburg Art Museum is North Worcester County’s oldest and most treasured cultural institution, founded in 1925 through a bequest of American Impressionist painter and educator, Eleanor Norcross (1854-1925). Tours, lectures and classes for adults, children, school groups and families are available.

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Surroundings Gallery & Custom Framing
377 Main Street
Gardner, MA 01440

A small, intimate gallery in a restored post and beam livery stable from the 1800’s. We feature area artisans and artists. A full service frame shop and original art for sale

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The Spencer Fair
PO Box 46
Spencer, MA 01562 a

Annual Country Fair, operating over Labor Day weekend. Sponsored by the Spencer Agricultural Association, a non-profit organization run by volunteers, for the purpose of promoting agriculture. A variety of family entertainment and educational exhibits over the four day weekend, highlighted by 2 demolition derbies. Lots of horticultural, vegetable, poultry, cattle, sheep displays and shows, and horse, oxen and farm tractor pulls. Located just off Rt 31, one mile north of Rt 9 Spencer.

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Templewood Golf Course
160 Brooks Road
Templeton, MA 01468 a

Scenic 18 hole golf course with beautiful views of Mt. Monadnock. Senior specials weekdays. Some of the best greens in the area. Wide fairways. Friendly staff. Outdoor pavilion for golf outings and tournaments. Call 3 days in advance for weekend tee times. Discover one of the best-kept secrets of Central Mass.

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Mall at Whitney Field100 Commercial Road
Leominster, MA 01453
Tradtional Mall
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Movie Theater
Cinema World476 John Fitch Highway
Fitchburg, MA 01420

Movie theater is located in the John Fitch Plaza conveniently located next door to the King Buffet

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Movie TheaterEntertainment Cinemas, 45 Sack Boulevard, Leominster, MA 01453Movie Theater located adjacent to Malla at Whitney Field
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Fruitlands Museum
102 Prospect Hill Road
Harvard, MA 01451

Immerse yourself in the tradition, history and landscape of New England at scenic Fruitlands. Discover your heritage in the stories of the Alcotts, colonial farmers, Shakers, artists and Native Americans. With four intimate galleries, ample parking, charming store and restaurant, our museum will stir your imagination. Unwind – bring a picnic, attend a summer concert, join in family activities and enjoy events and programs in every season.

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Bolton Orchards 125 Still River Road, Bolton, MA 01440 a

Specialty food store with local apples and cider available year round. Full service deli and produce departments. Also available: bakery, flowers and gift baskets. 

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Red Apple Farm
455 Highland Avenue
Phillipston, MA 01331

Farm stand and country store filled with delicious apple pies and dumplings, fruit topped ice cream, farm fresh produce and a variety of farm made products. Pick your own: apples, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, pears, pumpkins, gourds, potatoes, heirloom tomatoes, and Indian corn in season a

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Outdoor Adventure
Zoar Outdoor
7 Main Street
Charlemont, MA 01339

Zoar Outdoor is Southern New England’s leader in outdoor adventure, offering whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking and rock climbing in Deerfield River Valley and beyond. Our friendly, professional staff, comfortable base camp and top-notch equipment ensure that your adventure will be memorable. From half-day family raft trips to week-long whitewater kayak clinics we can match your schedule and your desire for adventure. a

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Lake Dennison Recreation AreaRte. 202
Winchendon, MA 01475

Lake Dennison is a section of the Army Corps of Engineers Birch Hill Flood Control Project. The DCR, via Otter River State Park staff, manages 4,221 acres of Corp land for recreational use. Located in Winchendon, the park has 150 campsites. There is a swimming beach on Lake Dennison

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Leominster State Forest90 Fitchburg Road
Rte. 31
Westminster, MA 01473

Leominster State Forest is a 4,300-acre parcel of forested land, located in the five towns of Westminster, Princeton, Leominster, Fitchburg and Sterling in North Central Massachusetts. The forest is conveniently located off of Rte 2 (exit 28), is an easy drive for local residents, and convenient from the Boston and Worcester communities. 

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Mount Grace State ForestWinchester Road

At 1,621 feet, Mount Grace is the third highest elevation in Massachusetts, east of the Connecticut River. Recreation activities at the 1,458-acre State Forest include hiking, walking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and hunting (in season).

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Wachusett Mountain Ski Area
499 Mountain Road
Princeton, MA 01541

With Massachusetts only two high-speed quad chairs, a 1,000-foot vertical drop and a 2,000-foot elevation, Wachusett Mountain offers the most accessible big mountain skiing in southern New England. Night skiing daily until 10pm; 100% snowmaking; Mountainside Ski Shop; demo center; full-service restaurant; cafeteria; plus rental shop; and ski/snowboard school. Off-season, Wachusett hosts fun fall festivals and is ideal for corporate and private outings.

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80 Airport Road
Orange, MA 01364

We are the Massachusetts Sport Parachute Club dedicated to providing a safe and enjoyable home for new and experienced skydivers. We call it Jumptown. MSPC has been jumping hard since 1959. If you want to experience the thrill of a lifetime head out to Jumptown and make a tandem skydive. Tandem jumping is an incredible experience offering you the highspeed thrill of falling through the air from 14,000 feet at 120 miles and hour, followed by the peace and beauty of the 5-9 minute parachute ride. Enjoy the breathtaking view of the Quabbin Reservoir and beyond.

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Visitors Center
Johnny Appleseed Visitor CenterRoute 2
Lancaster, MA

Visit the Johnny Appleseed Visitor Center in Lancaster and get a copy of the Guide to the Johnny Appleseed Trail. The Johnny Appleseed Trail of North Central Massachusetts spans along Route 2 between the historic “Freedom” Trail and the very popular “Mohawk” Trail. The historic and quaint traditional New England cities and towns within this thriving and scenic region

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Whitewater Rafting
Crab Apple Whitewater 2056 Mohawk Trail (Rte.2) Charlemont, MA 01339

Since 1983, Crab Apple Whitewater has offered whitewater adventures in New England. Family owned and operated, we feature trips for all ages and ability levels. Full and half-day raft trips plus half-day inflatable kayak trips are great fun for everyone, including kids ages 6 and up. Crab Apple specializes in friendly fun with a staff of enthusiastic outdoor lovers. Join us for the highlight of your summer! Our riverside base camp, state-of-the-art equipment and our friendly staff await you.

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Nashoba Valley Winery100 Wattaquadock Hill Road
Bolton, MA 01740

Located in the heart of Massachusetts apple country, Nashoba Valley Winery is a stunning hilltop orchard overlooking the charming town of Bolton. Always growing and ever-beautiful, we are open daily throughout the year, with the exception of The Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Since first producing superior fruit wines in 1978, Nashoba Valley Winery has earned wide acclaim as a pioneering winery orchard and a premier destination for visitors seeking excellent wine, exquisitely prepared food, and a gorgeous country setting.

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