Editors’ Choice 

Maudslay State Park, Newburyport

Standout Qualities: Once a sprawling family estate, Maudslay State Park now comprises hundreds of acres of woods, trails, 19th-century gardens, and other natural features overlooking the Merrimack River.

What’s Unique: It’s not only the park’s natural and historical charm that recommends it to day-trippers; it’s also home to a lively variety of arts programming, such as Theater in the Open, an equestrian group, and the Maudslay summer concert series. 

Fun Fact: The 480-acre estate was once called Maudesleigh and was owned by the Moseley family from 1900 to 1985, when it became the property of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

74 Curzon Mill Rd., Newburyport, 978-465-7223,


Readers’ Choice

Maudslay State Park, Newburyport