If you are looking for a fun day or night out with easy hiking, beautiful scenery, food and some adult beverages (on Thursday nights only), you have to check out Tower Hill Gardens in Boylston, Massachusetts.
I worked in the Leominster area for seven years and am disappointed that I never heard of this place before a few days ago. During the summer months, June, July and August, every Thursday night it is free to get in. I hate to pass up a free opportunity to check out a new place so we jumped in the car and took the drive down.
When I think about botanical gardens I think walking paths with a lot of various plants and flowers. Tower Hill is so much more.
When you drive up to the property you get a glimpse of Wachusett Resevoir. When you walk through the main enterance you are instantly surrounded by beautiful flowers, plants and water features.
In the Main building is a restaurant, gift shop, library and various meeting rooms. To our surprise when we walked through the main building into the first garden there was a small beer and snack stand set up. I think this is something they only do in Thursday’s nights as this is the only day of the week they are opened late. They had a decent selection of beer, cider and wine. They were also serving some appetizers. For those of you who do not drink or if you have kids the night we visited they had a lavender blueberry lemonade which my daughter and I both loved. There is also a restaurant if you wish.
We spent about two to three hours exploring the grounds. Which including a several varieties of plants, various water features, a very cool area for kids to explore made out of sticks, sculptures, lawn games and beautiful views. The night we visited they were doing yoga in one of the lawn areas.
We walked about three to four miles around the grounds exploring everything. When you visit make sure you wear good walking shoes as there is a lot to see. I am not sure that we saw everything.
When you are exploring the trails be sure to take a map so you do not miss what is throughout the grounds.
Most of the trails are handicap and stroller accessible.
One of the best reasons to visit on a Thursday night...
the sunset is amazing.
If you are looking for a girls day trip, a date day or night, a family outing, or you just have a love for beautiful things, you need to visit Tower Hill Botanical Gardens. I know we will be going back.