A maze of megalithic chambers and hallways made by man more than 4,000 years ago nestles into the snow- or moss-covered woods at America?s Stonehenge. Guests meander along a trail, marveling at one of the oldest constructions in the United States, complete with inscriptions, eating areas, and evidence of prehistoric art classes. Explorers delve into Stonehenge's history, learning about its use as an accurately aligned astronomical calendar, its role in the Underground Railroad, and the theories about who actually built it. Nearby, eight fuzz balls graze in the alpaca habitat, offering up skeins of yarn spun from their fluffy locks. Winter months coat the site's 105 sprawling acres with crunchy layers of snow, perfect for adventurous snowshoe outings or piggybacking on a snowman.
Boston locals guide tour-goers on foot through the streets of America’s Walking City, exploring historical landmarks and dipping in and out of neighborhood watering holes and eateries. For 2–3.5 hours, the guides lead up to 12 visitors in tours ranging from jaunts to uncover historically significant pubs during the Revolutionary Tavern Tour to adventures in sampling slices during the Pizza and Little Italy tour. During the Boston Heritage by Foot tour, visitors get a dose of American history as they journey through the West End and Beacon Hill neighborhoods. Armed with knowledge and know-how that comes only from being a Boston local and frequent time traveler, the guides engage guests with details about the history-saturated city and the best place to get a beer while dressed like Paul Revere.
Bastions of the abolitionist movement, Boston and its progressive citizens helped motivate activists across the nation to stand against slavery, thus fanning a flame that contributed to the Civil War. During a 90-minute Boston Civil War tour, groups walk among historically significant sites where figureheads such as Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison publicly asserted their outrage and sought refuge from enraged mobs. While strolling through Beacon Hill on Sunday, knowledgeable guides point out the African Meeting House—a recruitment center for Massachusetts' all-black regiment—and the homes of famous authors such as Louisa May Alcott, who pulled from her experience as a Union Army nurse to write Hospital Sketches in 1863.
Few fitness organizations would place as much importance on a potluck as a pushup, but Friends in Motion is different. Instead of creating weight-loss programs that consist of strict drills and dieting, the staff designs plans that are built on a foundation of support and social interactions. Though it might seem cliché, the effectiveness is no joke. Team members bond with their teammates during interactive classes and outdoor team-building activities, increasing the chances that they'll return for more calorie-burning workouts.
The Friends of the Seabrook Trail have a single goal: to create a safe space for the children and residents of Seabrook and beyond. Increased traffic throughout the town has caused many to worry for the safety of young ones and pedestrians alike, inspiring the volunteer organization to take action. Through fundraisers, partnerships, and the annual Road Race, they hope to transform a section of unused train railway into a 2.5-mile nonmotorized trail and make it a part of the 17-mile East coast trail. The trail would connect eight coastal cities, while also giving residents space to safely walk and run, and play the world's longest game of hopscotch.
Plum Island Fitness believes the best pieces of exercise equipment have pedals, gears, and handlebars. That?s why it offers so many bike-oriented services, which range from cycling lessons for beginners and experts alike to spin classes taught by a seasoned AFAA-certified fitness instructor. For less intense exercise, the company also organizes bike tours of historic places such as downtown Newburyport and Benjamin Franklin?s old recording studio.