Hopkinton State Park

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by ShannonBrooke on August 9, 2004

For a day of water sports near Boston, there's no place more convenient than Hopkinton State Park. The park offers beach picnics, hiking, sailing, canoeing, and kayaking. We visited one day in August to rent canoes and kayaks.

The large, glassy lake offers plenty of space, even when all the boats are rented and there are many people on the lake. There are three islands where you can get out of your boat and relax. Also, if you continue under an underpass, you come to a river area with lots of large boulders. This area presented a bit of challenge to me on my first day in a kayak, but seemed to be a great deal of fun for others. It was also quite secluded here, a great place to get away from the crowds.

Outdoor Recreation of Hopkinton offers a variety of rentals. They have tandem kayaks, single kayaks, canoes, and pedal-boats. You can even buy used equipment here for your own use. You can rent or buy accessories, like butt-pads or waterproof cellphone holders. They also have snacks and drinks, as well as insect repellant and sunscreen. Of course, you can always bring your own kayak/canoe and then you only have to pay the $5 for parking.

Hopkinton State Park
Rte. 85, Hopkinton
Boston, Massachusetts
508 435-4303


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