Burlington’s Hidden Gems – Places to Visit This Spring 

March 1, 2023

As the weather continues to improve and daylight lasts just a little longer every afternoon, many residents of the northeast start to emerge from their self-imposed isolation. In so many different ways spring is in the air – from the crocuses that are teasing us as they begin to sprout to the chirping birds that have returned to the region. 

Exploring the outdoors is often top of many people’s minds. If you live or work in Burlington or the nearby communities, there’s plenty to do in our town that will help end your winter hibernation and encourage us all that spring is, indeed, on its way! 

Burlington Sculpture GardenThe Burlington Sculpture Park 

The Burlington Sculpture Park, located in the town’s center, is an art project of the Town of Burlington, Massachusetts. Born out of the need to brand Burlington as more than just the “town with the mall,” this project began with the installation of two 10-foot-tall dragons named Boris and Natasha. It is now home to more than 12 sculptures ranging from “Love Birds” to “American Dog” and many more unique and handmade sculptures. 

Visitors, including adults and children alike, are encouraged to frequent the park regularly as the sculptures do change and are swapped out for new pieces under the guidance and support of the New England Sculptors Association, who provided the steering committee for this project with invaluable advice, as well as actual works of art.

Minutemen Commuter Bikeway

With the more spring-like weather comes the desire to get outdoors for a walk, run, or bike ride. The Minuteman Bikeway is a perfect place to get that fresh air and have a chance to catch up with friends from the area! 

The Bikeway not only passes through many of the towns and areas where the American Revolution played out but has become a new type of “Main Street” where neighbors and strangers alike come together while riding, walking, or skating on the path. In 2008, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy inducted the Minuteman Bikeway into the national Rail-Trail Hall of Fame.

Mary Cummings Park 

This hidden gem, known as Mary Cummings Park is one of the great public parks of Greater Boston. It consists of over 200 acres of public park land on the Burlington-Woburn border. It also has over 100 acres of protected conservation and recreation land. The land also includes a 75-acre parcel known as Whispering Hill. 

The walking paths and recreation areas are amazing throughout the year but it is during the springtime that the park begins to come alive again with birds, vernal pools, and creatures that make visits very special for families. 

Burlington Landlocked Forest 

If you are looking to spend the day hiking or exploring a forest, the Burlington Landlocked Forest may be a great way to spend a mild spring day. The Landlocked Forest contains 13 miles of trails and historic backwoods paths. The trails wind their way up small ravines and through pine forests, blueberry patches, and rock escarpments.  

You’ll find even more Burlington hidden gems in this North Shore Magazine article, Burlington Offers Hidden Gems in Plain Sight, where you can explore interesting ways to sleep, eat, play, and revive in Burlington. Burlington offers so many possibilities of hidden-away gems this spring! Check out the Burlington attractions and “hidden gems” section of our website to explore them all.