Gore Place
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids Boston (AMC Books)
Address:52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA
Hours:Grounds, dawn to dusk daily
Fee: Grounds: free; mansion tour: adults, $12; children ages 5–12, $5; children under age 5, free

goreplace.org; 781-894-2798

Bathrooms: None (unless you pay to rent a backpack or take a tour)
Water/Snacks: None

USGS Newton

At this historic property you can rent an activity backpack that will have kids racing around to explore the grounds and farmyard.

A small barnyard at historic Gore Place is home to sheep, goats, chickens, and rabbits.
Photo by: Kim Foley MacKinnon

Gore Place, a Federal period house built in 1806, was the estate of Massachusetts governor Christopher Gore. Rescued from demolition in the 1930s and restored by the nonprofit Gore Place Society, the 48-acre property consists of the mansion, manicured grounds, gardens, and a barnyard that tots will adore.

You can go right into the fenced-in barnyard to say hello to the animals— sheep, goats, chickens, and seemingly dozens of rabbits. Gore Place’s fantastic backpack program for kids is called Take A Walk and is offered year-round and changes with the seasons. For $5, you have use of a backpack that contains binoculars, a magnifying glass, and seasonal activities that take kids around the property for an hour. Backpacks for kids ages 3 to 8 are available, as well as themed ones, such as Archaeology, Raised Garden Beds, and Math Challenge for elementary-school-aged children. The backpacks are available Mondays through Fridays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. In winter, you can also rent snowshoes for $5.

On a 10-acre field, Gore Place grows a variety of crops; much of the food is donated to charities, but some of it is for sale. An honor-system farm stand is located behind the Farmer’s Cottage next to the barns. In season, a flag with the word “open” means you can come see what’s in stock. You might find squash, garlic, onions, or other produce. Bring exact change and leave it in a box provided.

Several fun events are scheduled at the property over the course of the year, including a sheep-shearing festival, a Jane Austen tour, Santa’s tea, full-moon house tours, and preschool story hours. Visit the website for details.

Remember: The mansion is open only for guided tours. Call ahead to check the hours in case a special event is scheduled.

Plan B:

Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary offers a chance to see more animals in the wild.

Where to Eat Nearby:

You’ll find places to eat on Main Street.



By: Guest
Posted: 06/13/2018 04:05

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By: Guest
Posted: 01/16/2018 07:09

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By: Guest
Posted: 12/14/2017 06:50

Wow!! I think this is one of the best places to outdoor with your children. Gore place is an estate of Massachusetts governor Christopher Gore. This place contains lots of place for enjoyment. Keep updating more pictures of the place so that the tourists can get an idea about this place.overbed table

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By: mommypth
Posted: 05/31/2012 12:28

We went for the sheep sheering in early may. It was wonderful- they also had hearding dogs, people dressed in period clothes marching and playing music- they had a whole encampment. I would defeniately reccommend that evetn

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By: FossT
Posted: 05/10/2012 16:52

This is a great place. I have never gone on the tour. The kids just like looking at the animals, and climbing in the trees. They have some great trees to climb. Also the spring sheep-shearing festival is a really fun event with kids.

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