So Much to Explore!

The City of Marlborough is filled with outdoor adventure for the whole family. From conservation areas and parks, to walking and biking trails and beaches, our scenic city is your one-stop destination for natural recreation.

World War II Memorial Beach

Marlborough’s World War II Memorial Beach spans 13 acres and is located on the east side of the city, off of Hosmer Street. The beach, which is open for swimming daily from June to September, is supervised by lifeguards on duty and features both sandy and grassy areas with large trees for shade. Changing rooms, restrooms, picnic benches, BBQ areas and free parking are available.

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Assabet River Rail Trail Marlborough, MA - Places To BikeAssabet River Rail Trail & Bike Path

The scenic Assabet River Rail Trail is a 5.6-mile paved bike path that weaves through the City of Marlborough and the Town of Hudson. This 12-foot-wide nature corridor crosses the Assabet River five times, including over a refurbished historical wrought-iron railroad bridge. It is perfect for cycling, walking, and cross-country skiing and is fully wheelchair accessible.

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Ghiloni Park, Marlborough MAGhiloni Nature Trail

Ghiloni Nature Trail / Marlborough State Forest can be accessed through Ghiloni Park, off Concord Road, or at Hemenway Street, off Wilson Street. The 125-acre abutting Ghiloni Park features a variety of woodland trails and a self-guided nature walk. An interpretive brochure is available at the Recreation Office at the park’s entrance.

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The Grove Conservation Land

The Grove Conservation Land on Bolton Street, off Route 85 West, offers woods, open fields and water access to Fort Meadow Reservoir for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. The Grove is also full of wildlife, the most impressive being the enormous Great Blue Heron.

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Ward Park

Ward Park hosts an array of outdoor activities from football and lacrosse fields, basketball and tennis courts, street hockey, a half pipe skating rink and a waddling pool.

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Memorial Forest Reservation – The Desert, Marlborough MAMemorial Forest Reservation – The Desert

The Desert Natural Area / Memorial Forest Reservation in East Marlborough, off Concord Road, is named for its well-drained sandy soil and historic sand pits. This 615-acre parcel of conservation land features a pine and scrub forest, and wildlife, such as birds and beavers. Hunting is available in designated areas by permit.

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Apex Center of New England

The Apex Center of New England is Marlborough’s brand-new 475,000-square-foot custom-designed hospitality and entertainment space. Enjoy fun indoor activities, including kart racing, laser tag, bowling, ropes course, trampoline park, virtual reality arena, 60-game arcade, golf/sports simulator, indoor playground and swimming pool. Plus, stay at one of the two new hotels and dine at a variety of restaurants.

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Trombetta’s Farm

An attraction for all ages, Trombetta’s indoor mini golf is open daily, year round and is available for functions and parties. Customers can choose from a variety of Trombetta’s homemade ice cream flavors that change with the seasons. Plus, Trombetta’s garden center has the finest selection of hangers, shrubs, and vegetables from local growers.

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Wayside Country Store

The Wayside Country Store was built in 1790 and was purchased by Henry Ford in 1928. The store’s interior is still much the same as when Ford ran it. Enjoy pickles, Ginger Snaps, and hundreds of other country store items. Visit the Olde Tyme Candy Store connected to the general store, where hundreds of jars of the finest specialty candies and chocolates await you.

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Ward Park

Ward Park hosts an array of outdoor activities from football and lacrosse fields, basketball and tennis courts, street hockey, a half pipe skating rink, a playground and a wading pool.

Learn more about Ward Park.

Cider Knoll Conservation Land

The 105-acre Cider Knoll Conservation Land is located in East Marlborough, off Concord Road. The property features 2 miles of trails, scenic rock outcroppings and a rich wildlife habitat, ideal for bird watching.

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Mount Ward Conservation Land

Mount Ward Conservation Land offers 100 acres of hills, woods and streams. The trailhead on Langelier Lane, off Route 20 East, follows old cart paths and was recently revived by the city. The hike covers a change in elevation of 110 vertical feet over 1,000 horizontal feet.

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Callahan State Park

Callahan State Park is an 820-acre park in nearby northwest Framingham with 7 miles of marked trails and nearly 100 acres of open fields. The area is popularly used for outdoor activities including fishing, hiking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing.

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Felton Conservation Land

The Grove Conservation Land on Bolton Street, off Route 85 West, offers woods, open fields and water access to Fort Meadow Reservoir for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. The Grove is also full of wildlife, the most impressive being the enormous Great Blue Heron.

Learn more about Felton Conservation Land.

Holt’s Grove Conservation Land

Holt’s Grove Conservation Land is located on Stevens Street, next to Marlborough High School. The trail loops through a predominantly deciduous forest of oak with red maple in the wetter areas. The stream from the pond eventually runs into Fort Meadow Reservoir. Holt’s Grove Pond was originally made and is still used for ice skating in the winter.

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The Grove Conservation Land

The Grove Conservation Land on Bolton Street, off Route 85 West, offers woods, open fields and water access to Fort Meadow Reservoir for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. The Grove is also full of wildlife, the most impressive being the enormous Great Blue Heron.

Learn more about The Grove Conservation Land.

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DID YOU KNOW?

Marlborough’s World War II Memorial Beach is free to the public and open daily throughout the summer.