Maudslay State Park, NewburyportStandout Qualities: With its idyllic paths and old stone bridges, this state park along the Merrimack River is practically in downtown Newburyport, and offers gorgeous hikes and winter cross-country skiing.
Insider Tip: Programming includes guided walks and a whimsical site-specific sculpture show in the fall.
Fun Fact: Maudslay’s remarkable gardens and designed landscape were created in the early 1900s. The Maudslay State Park Garden Committee is a volunteer organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of the historic rose gardens.
74 Curzon Mill Rd., Newburyport, 978-465-7223, mass.gov/locations/maudslay-state-park