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Five Free or Low Cost February Vacation Ideas South of Boston

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That time of year has arrived! It’s February vacation week for schools all across Massachusetts.

While most years may find Massachusetts residents hopping on a plane and jetting to a sunny locale or piling in the car for a trip for warmer states, this year’s February vacation may look very different for many families.

Of course you can always bring the family to a local restaurant, the movies, for a shopping trip to your local mall, or even to a local museum. But, if you are looking for something fun to do with the family this week that will allow for some social distancing, affordability, and doesn’t require driving too far, check out the list below. You’re sure to find something to please every member of your family — from the little tikes to the eye rolling teenagers, all without having to travel too far from the South Shore. As an added bonus, all of these activities allow you to take this week as an opportunity to get outdoors, get moving, and enjoy nature!

BOSTON

Curling at the Snowport

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Cost: Free and open to the public!

Location: 85 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

Hours: Monday-Friday 4:00pm-9:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm-9:00pm. Sunday 12:00pm-8:00pm

Details: Have you ever wanted to try your hand at this interesting winter Olympics sport? Bring the whole family down to the festive Snowport at the Seaport this vacation week for your free 30-minutes on the lanes. All equipment is sanitized between uses and sanitizer wipes are available. While you are there, plan on spending some time wandering around all the beauty the Seaport has to offer this time of year.

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HINGHAM

Open Barnyard

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Cost: Free for Trustees Member Adults, $5 for Trustees Member Child, Free for Nonmember Adult, $10 for Nonmember Child

Location: Weir River Farm, 140 Turkey Hill Lane, Hingham, MA 02043

Hours: Call 781-740-7233 or send an email to weirriver@thetrustees.org for more information about specific hours this week.

Details: Bring the whole family for this fun outing. Visit Nutmeg the phony, Ruby the llama, and many other barnyard regulars. While there, enjoy a family hike on one of the many beautiful nature trails around the property. Preregister HERE to help the event organizers maintain COVID-19 protocols.

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South Shore Reindeer Quest

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Cost: Free

Location: Weir River Farm, 140 Turkey Hill Lane, Hingham, MA 02043

Hours: 8AM-Dusk

Details: Bring the whole family for this fun and FREE outdoor adorable scavenger hunt to find locally crafted reindeer along a variety of nature trails. Bring your smart phones to snap QR codes as you find each reindeer. Visit the event website HERE to download property maps and directions.

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LITTLETON

Nashoba Valley Tubing Park

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Cost: $35 for 2 hours

Location: 179 Great Road, Littleton, MA 01460

Hours: Thursday 2:00pm-8:00pm, Friday 12:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-8:00pm, Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm

Details: Visitors must sign a release of liability agreement and must use tubes provided by Nashoba Valley Ski Area. Personal tubes are not allowed. Riders must be 42" in height or 6 years old to participate. Purchase your tickets ahead of time y clicking HERE.

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WESTFORD

Nashoba Valley Ski Area

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Cost: $35 for beginner area four hour ski ticket; $40 for two hour ski lift ticket, $55 for four hour ski lift ticket, $40 for daily equipment rental

Location: 179 Powers Road, Westford, MA 01886

Hours: Wednesday 12:00pm-8:00pm, Thursday 12:00pm-8:00pm, Friday 12:00pm-8:00pm, Saturday 9:00am-8:00pm, Sunday 9:00am-5:00pm

Details: Located just a short drive from all points in Massachusetts, Nashoba Valley is a great option for new and experienced skiers alike. Visit for just half a day or make a whole day of fun for the family. Purchase your ski lift tickets and tickets for beginner ski area by clicking HERE. Purchase your daily equipment rentals online by clicking HERE.

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