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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Recreation: Parks and Recreational Facilities

M8 MassParks

M9 Boston Harbor Islands National Park

M10 Zoo New England

M8 MassParks
Department of Conservation and Recreation
251 Causeway Street, Suite 900
Boston, MA 02114-2104
Tel: 617-626-1250
Toll Free: 1-800-831-0569
TTY: 1-877-620-0833
Campground Reservations Toll Free: 1-877-I-CAMP-MA (422-6762)
Fax: 617-626-1351

There are many facilities for swimming, camping, hiking, walking and bike riding at MassParks but they also offer fishing, canoeing, horseback riding, sailing, wind surfing, rock climbing, skiing, golfing, and other recreational activities. There are opportunities for picnics, outdoor performances, areas to rent for company or family gatherings, historic sites, skating rinks, playgrounds, athletic fields, interpretive programs and much more. Telephone reservations may be made at a state park or forest, up to 120 days in advance for a seven-night stay or more, or up to 2 days in advance for a shorter stay, by calling the individual site. Call the toll free number listed above for further details. Discount passes for seniors and the handicapped are available.

M9 Boston Harbor Islands National Park
National Park Service
15 State Street, Suite 1100
Boston, MA 02109
Tel: 617-223-8666

Boston Harbor Islands National Park comprises 13 of the 34 islands in the harbor. Some of the islands are privately owned and some of the 13 islands are left in their natural state, with no public access allowed. The National Park Service and Department of Conservation and Recreation are two of twelve managing partners of the harbor islands park system. A variety of recreational activities and historical sites are offered.

M10 Zoo New England
Franklin Park Zoo
One Franklin Park Road
Dorchester, MA 02121
Tel: 617-541-LION (5466)

Walter D. Stone Zoo
149 Pond Street
Stoneham, MA 02180
Tel: 781-438-5100

Zoo New England, formerly the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation, was formed by Chapter 6, Acts of 1991 as a non-profit organization in but not subject to the Metropolitan District Commission. Zoo New England has as its responsibility the care, custody, and control of the metropolitan zoos: the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and the Walter D. Stone Zoo in Stoneham.

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