If you are looking for a fun day or night out with easy hiking, beautiful scenery, delicious food and some adult beverages 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. We have visited three times, once on a Thursday night when is was free, once for their Christmas Event, Night Lights and again for a Beer Garden Night on a Friday night.
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. There is sometimes a Beer Garden set up for special events. The three times I have been the Beer Garden has been set up. They had a decent selection of beer, cider and wine. They also serve some appetizers. For those of you who do not drink or if you have kids they usually have a speciality lemonade or ice tea. There is also a restaurant on site, which we have eaten at once. it was really good, farm fresh bowls, salads and sandwiches as well as heavenly baked goods.
We have spent 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, the last time were were there, I did not see this, sculptures, lawn games and beautiful views. They also have various events throughout the year like yoga in the garden and you can host weddings or parties here.
You can spend several hours exploring this area. 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 an evening
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.