Surprise! There is one part of the Boston Harbor Island National Park Area you can actually drive to. We’re talking about the World’s End, a peninsula just 15 miles outside of the city in Hingham that used to be an island before colonial farmers dammed it up to make farmland that was easy to access by carriage. Watch a video about World’s End to get a bird’s eye view of the stunning 251-acre coastal parkland and saltwater marshland that includes 4.5 miles of carriage paths and footpaths designed by Fredrick Law Olmstead (the landscape designer behind the beauty of Arnold Arboretum and the Boston Public Garden).
The four small hills known as drumlins found around the grounds make World’s End a great place to introduce the family to hiking. Plus you’ll be treated to an amazing view of the Boston skyline from the top of each hill. When you plan a trip to explore the wonders of World’s End, allow for at least two hours to really take the great outdoors in and pencil in a picnic to enjoy in one of the many meadows or wooded areas across the park. Maybe even snag a blueberry or two from one of the thickets you’ll find if you poke around the woodlands while you are there.
The Trustees of Reservations charge $6 per adult to enter and help maintain the beauty of World’s End but kids get in free. Remember, driving or taking public transportation to this parkland saves the cost of a ferry ride to one of the farther out islands in Boston Harbor. So when’s you first trip?
(Image courtesy of Trustees of Reservations)