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Boylston, Massachusetts is situated alongside the Wachusett Reservoir, which is the second largest body of water in the state. This 4,135-acre reservoir was built between 1897-1908 by damming the South Branch of the Nashua River. The reservoir is maintained by the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority and it is part of the water supply system for the metropolitan Boston area. Therefore, public access is carefully restricted. State regulations require all entry and exit through gates and designated areas only. However, there are plenty of recreational opportunities available at Wachusett Reservoir, such as shoreline fishing, hiking, walking trails, picnicking, birdwatching, snowshoeing and scenic views. A network of fire roads around the reservoir provide easy access for hikers and cross-country skiers and the shoreline is usually open to angling from April 1 to November 30th. Boats, swimming, wading and overnight camping is prohibited. Wachusett Reservoir is located west of Interstate 495, halfway between Interstate 290 and 190 in West Boylston, Sterling and Clinton. It is virtually surrounded by Route 110 on the east and north, Route 70 on the south, Route 140 runs diagonally from northeast to southwest and Route 12 bisects the northern third.

The town of Boylston is home to the Tower Hill Botanical Garden, which is the headquarters of the Worcester County Horticultural Society. It is situated on 132 acres of land in Boylston and was established in 1986. At Tower Hill, visitors are welcome to stroll the gardens and woodland trails, explore nature, bring a picnic, watch the interaction between plants and animals, or simply relax in the beautiful gardens. Classes are available at the New England School of Gardening and there is also a Youth Gardening Program for children that provides arts and crafts, programs and nature walks. A library on the grounds provides over 5,000 publications and a gift shops offers gardening tools, bird baths, bird houses, garden sculpture and outdoor furnishings. Tower Hill Botanical Garden is also home to the Twigs Cafe, which serves light, healthy fare and special events take place year round.

Boylston has an ideal location just 33 miles from Boston, where there are myriad opportunities for entertainment and recreation. You'll find art galleries, museums, theater, ballet, the symphony, opera, fine dining, antiquing, historical attractions and many other activities unique to the region. The Boylston area is home to many orchards and farm stands that offer home grown, in-season fruits and vegetables, fresh cut flowers, gourmet deli & specialty foods, fresh pressed cider, homemade fudge & more. The rolling hills of the region invite drives along tree-lined country roads, browsing antique shops and taking photographs of covered bridges. Whether you love the city or country, Boylston, in Worcester County, has it all. Just a few of the other places of interest near Boylston include the EcoTarium in Worcester, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Old Sturbridge Village, and the Broad Meadow Brook Wildlife Sanctuary, which is the largest urban sanctuary in New England.


 

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