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Marlborough, MA is a scenic city awash with conservation areas, parks, trails and beaches. The City of Marlborough Conservation Commission has invested considerable efforts into protecting the area’s wetlands and natural open spaces. Work has already begun on an interconnected trail system through Marlborough’s neighborhoods, which will link many of the green parcels and create a vast natural recreation corridor for the city.
The scenic Assabet River Rail Trail is a 5.6-mile paved path that weaves through the City of Marlborough and the Town of Hudson. This 12-foot-wide nature corridor crosses the Assabet River five times, including over a refurbished historical wrought-iron railroad bridge, and is perfect for cycling, walking, and cross-country skiing. The entire rail trail is wheelchair accessible. The Marlborough section starts at the intersection of Lincoln and Highland Streets.
World War II Memorial Beach
Marlborough’s newly-renovated World War II Memorial Beach spans 13 acres and is located on the east side of the city, off of Hosmer Street. The beach, which is open daily for swimming from June to September, is supervised by lifeguards on duty and features both sandy and grassy areas with large trees for shade. Changing rooms, restrooms, picnic benches and BBQ areas are available.
Ghiloni Natural Trail – Marlborough State Forest
Ghiloni Nature Trail / Marlborough State Forest can be accessed through Ghiloni Park, off Concord Road, or at Hemenway Street, off Wilson Street. The 125-acre abutting Ghiloni Park features a variety of woodland trails and a self-guided nature walk. An interpretive brochure is available at the Recreation Office at the park’s entrance.
Memorial Forest Reservation – The Desert
The Desert NaturalArea / Memorial Forest Reservation in East Marlborough, off Concord Road, is named for its well-drained sandy soil and historic sand pits. This 615-acre parcel of conservation land features a pine and scrub forest, and wildlife, such as birds and beavers. Hunting is available in designated areas by permit.
655 Farm Road, Marlborough, MA • 508-485-6429
An attraction for all ages, Trombetta’s indoor mini golf is open daily, year round and is available for functions and parties. Customers can also enjoy Trombetta’s homemade ice cream, choosing from a variety of flavors that change with the seasons. Additionally, Trombetta’s garden center boasts the finest selection of hangers, shrubs, and vegetables from local growers.
Wayside Country Store
1015 Boston Post Road East, Marlborough, MA • 508-481-3458
The Wayside Country Store complex was built in 1790 and stood in the center of Sudbury, where it was used as a post office, general store, school, and a grand ballroom on the second floor. Car manufacturer Henry Ford purchased this building in 1928 and moved it by oxen to its present site on Hager Pond. This was the first country store in the United States to be re-established and restored and its interior is still much the same as when Henry Ford ran it. Through the years the compound has been renovated and two new buildings were added. Currently, the complex is home to a number of businesses, including an oversized candy store and a local gift shop.
Cider Knoll Conservation Land
The 105-acre Cider Knoll Conservation Land is located in East Marlborough, off Concord Road. The property features 2 miles of trails, scenic rock outcroppings and a rich wildlife habitat, ideal for bird watching.
Mount Ward Conservation Land
Mount Ward Conservation Land offers 100 acres of hills, woods and streams. The trailhead on Langelier Lane, off Route 20 East, follows old cart paths and was recently revived by the city. The hike covers a change in elevation of 110 vertical feet over 1,000 horizontal feet.
Callahan State Park
Callahan State Park is an 820-acre park in nearby northwest Framingham with 7 miles of marked trails and nearly 100 acres of open fields. The area is popularly used for outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.
Felton Conservation Land
Formerly a large farm, Felton Conservation Land, off Dudley Street, features fields, woodlands, and a small Red Maple Swamp with abundant wildlife.
Holt’s Grove Conservation Land
Holt’s Grove Conservation Land is located on Stevens Street, next to Marlborough High School. The trail loops through a predominantly deciduous forest of oak with red maple in the wetter areas. The stream from the pond eventually runs into Fort Meadow Reservoir. Holt’s Grove Pond was originally made and is still used for ice skating in the winter.
The Grove Conservation Land
The Grove Conservation Land on Bolton Street, off Route 85 West, offers woods, open fields and water access to Fort Meadow Reservoir for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. The Grove is also full of wildlife, the most impressive being the enormous Great Blue Heron.
Wayside Athletic Club
80 Broadmeadow Street, Marlborough, MA • 508-481-1797
The Wayside Athletic Club is a welcoming and energetic environment that offers the finest in health club facilities and programming to meet all levels of fitness goals. The facility consists of heated indoor and outdoor pools, 6 plexi-paved hard tennis courts, 4 racquetball courts, a complete fitness center, sauna, steam room and whirlpool. Members and visitors of all ages can also enjoy a variety of group exercise and fitness classes and programs.
Marlborough Country Club
200 Concord Road, Marlborough, MA • 508-485-1660
Marlborough Country Club is a challenging semi-private golf course that is open for public play Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:00 pm until sunset. The course was originally designed in 1922 by well-known architect Wayne Stiles and expanded in 1970 by New England architect Geoffrey Cornish. The recently renovated club house offers panoramic views of the 10th and 18th holes and offers a dining room, player’s lounge and function room.