Berkhire Botanical Gardens
15 minutes/9.2 miles
5 West Stockbridge Road Stockbridge, Massachusetts 01262
The Botanical Garden, unique in this area, is designed to demonstrate the variety of flora which can be grown in Berkshire County, as well as to show the interface between gardening and art. This latter mission is perhaps best exemplified by the current exhibit, aptly called "Sculpture in the Garden," containing 11 pieces of contemporary sculpture arrayed along a winding path through the 15 acres of lush greenery. The Berkshire Botanical Gardens are open year round, offering workshops, demonstrations and public programs on all aspects of the gardening art, founded in 1934. Open Daily.
Berkshire East Canopy Tours
1 hour, 10 minutes/38 miles
66 Thunder Mountain Road Charlemont, MA 01339
For the more adventurous family excursion and an exciting outing for kids, Berkshire East Canopy Tours offers one of three great zip line canopy tours. Base Tour is an introductory course if you just want to try zipping, not test your fate on the extreme lines. Mountain Top Tour 7 zips, 2 lovely hikes, 2 great ski lift rides, ride dual racing lines and brave towers 45' in the air. Features incredible views of the valley, and an experience that the whole family can enjoy! One of the best tours in North America as featured in the Washington Post and in reviews all over the internet. You'll love it. Two 1/2 long mile zips, approaches 200' off the ground.
Berkshire International Film Festival
PO BOX 237 Great Barrington, MA 01230
The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFFMA or "The BIFF") is a world-class festival that is an integral part of the cultural fabric of the Berkshires. BIFF showcases not only the latest in independent feature, documentary, short, and family films but also lively panel discussions and special events focusing on filmmakers and talented artists from both sides of the camera. The Berkshire International Film Festival (BIFF) is for filmmakers and film lovers alike to be entertained, educated and inspired. BIFF seeks to celebrate independent film and to recognize and pay tribute to accomplished artists on both sides of the camera in the international, national and regional film community.
New England Rafting
1 hour, 10 minutes/38 miles
7 Main Street Charlemont, MA 01339
Since 1989, Zoar Outdoor has offered the best in New England white water rafting trips, kayaking clinics, zip line canopy tours, canoeing instruction, rock climbing classes and bike rentals for adventurers of all abilities, from beginners to experts. Based out of our convenient location in the Berkshires in western Massachusetts, Zoar Outdoor river trips, zip line canopy tours and instructional clinics are only 2 hours from Boston and New Haven and just 3 hours from Providence and New York City. Zoar Outdoor’s whitewater rafting trips range from family rafting fun to high-adventure Class IV white water rafting - from high-water springtime adventures to dam-controlled runs in the summer and fall river trips that showcase the spectacular foliage of the Berkshires:
Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary
8 minutes/3.3 miles
472 West Mountain Road Lenox, MA 01240
Pleasant Valley’s thriving beaver population is one of the many fascinating features of this sanctuary. When you walk along Yokun Brook, take note of the "lodges" of tree branches and mud, where these nocturnal creatures spend their days. Salamander migrations are a major spring event along West Mountain Road. Seven miles of trails that wind through hardwood forest, meadows, wetlands, and along the slopes of Lenox Mountain make this site an excellent location for hiking. Canoe trips are offered regularly on the Housatonic River and area lakes from mid-May through Columbus Day.
The Beacon Cinema
13 minutes/6 miles
57 North Street Pittsfield, MA 01201
The smell of movie popcorn is wafting along North Street again. The Beacon Cinema premiered on Friday morning with the clipping of a strand of 35 millimeter film — opening the doors to the high-tech, all-digital theater while at the same time symbolically cutting ties to an obsolete past.Adjacent to the state forest is Bash Bish Falls, one of the state's most dramatic waterfalls. Cascading water tumbles through a series of gorges, and then plummets some 60 feet into a sparkling pool below.
PO Box 983 Great Barrington, MA 01230
Berkshire Grown envisions a community where healthy farms define the open landscape, where a wide diversity of fresh, seasonal food and flowers continue to be readily available to everyone, and where we celebrate an agricultural bounty by buying from the neighboring family farms and savoring their distinctive Berkshire harvest.
Berkshire Fishing Club
24 minutes/14 miles
PO Box 83 Great Barrington, MA 01230
Nestled in the gently rolling hills of western Massachusetts, the Berkshire Fishing Club is open from May through October, playing host to 200 club members and their guests. Comprising 850 beautifully wooded acres surrounding a sparkling, private fishing lake, the club offers a wide range of outdoor recreational activities, including fishing, hiking, canoeing, etc.
Members enjoy:Full access to 125-acre Palmer Brook Lake, featuring excellent largemouth bass and chain pickerel fishing·Fully-equipped two and three person fiberglass bass boats with gas and electric trolling motors (gear rental also available)·Well-marked hiking trails·Rustic log cabin clubhouse with large screened deck overlooking the lake
13 minutes/7 miles
50 Water Street Lee, MA 01238
The only outlet center in Western Massachusetts offering over 60 designer, brand name stores with everyday savings of 25-65% off retail. Featuring top brands like Coach Factory, Calvin Klein, Nike Factory Store, Polo Ralph Lauren, Under Armour and many more.