The trails leading to and from Potanipo Hill in Brookline are dotted with peculiar sculptures and exhibits, sourced from Bangladesh, Egypt and all the way to Lithuania and Greece. This innovative sculpture park was the brainchild of Paul Andres and sculptor John Weidman, and was founded in 1996. The placing of the unique sculptures in a natural habitat lend changing perspectives and backdrops with the turn of seasons. Some sculptures are changed periodically and are replaced by newer exhibits, whereas sometimes artists from over the world are invited to create permanent sculptures. Guided tours of the sculpture garden are available as well.
Located on the intersection of Lexington and Old Bedford Road, Nathan Meriam House is the only structure in the area which has witnessed one of the battles in the American War of Independence in the 18th-century. Built in the year 1705, this house has undergone several changes over the years. It has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is a popular site among tourists.
The Moore State Park is 400-acres (about 162-hectares) of dedicated outdoor and open space. The park is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The gorgeous landscape at Moore State Park includes several historic sites, like remnants of former saw and gristmills, and is also home to some of the most beautiful azaleas and mountain laurel in Massachusetts. Bask in the natural beauty and indulge in recreational activities like canoeing, fishing, hiking and cross-country skiing for a memorable time.
The Wayside is a historical house that has offered shelter to famous literary figures in the past. Dating back to 1717, the first owner of the house was Minuteman Samuel Whitney after which it was occupied by a noted scientist, John Winthrop in 1776. In October 1844, Amos Bronson Alcott moved into this property with his family, including his daughter, Louisa May Alcott who later earned fame as a celebrated novelist. However, the Wayside became a popular site after Nathaneil Hawthorne made it his home. After Hawthorne, it was the turn of Lothrop family to make this charming edifice their family shelter. Harriet Lothrop, popularly known as Margaret Sidney, a well-known writer had the Wayside as a residence for several years. As this house has seen the peak of careers of so many celebrated writers, it has been declared as a National Historic Landmark. Guided tours of this literary site are offered to those who wish to explore America's literary history.
Created in 1959, this 970-acre (392.5 hectare) park preserves locations that were significant during the battles of Lexington and Concord which marked the beginning of the American War for Independence. Historic sites include North Bridge, Barrett's Farm, and "Battle Road Trail." The park also includes The Wayside, home of 19th-century literary stalwarts, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Louisa May Alcott. The newly renovated visitor's center features a short multimedia show, a large battle mural and a bookstore.
Orchard House, the home of Louisa May Alcott, an American novelist, was also the setting for her novel Little Women. Learn about the author and US history in this literary and historic landmark, set in the pleasant Boston countryside. Guided tours of the house are available. Also, special events are held at this place throughout the year. Visit their website for more information.
Coggshall Park is an extensive green park mainly for recreation purpose. This 250-acre (101.17 hectares) park offers sites like a gazebo on Mirror Lake, a stone house overlooking the lake, a small playground, a softball field and walking path.