World's End
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids Boston (AMC Books)
Address:250 Martin’s Lane, Hingham, MA
Hours:8 a.m. to sunset daily
Fee: Adults, $5; children and Trustees of Reservations members, free
Contact:; 781-740-7233

Bathrooms: Portable toilets by the entrance
Water/Snacks: Water fountain near the entrance

Saved time and again from development, World’s End is a wonderful place to stroll, picnic, and enjoy spectacular views of Boston.

World's End.
Photo by: Kim Foley MacKinnon

As the crow flies, World’s End is just 15 miles away from Boston. The amazing views of the city’s skyline from this 250-acre Trustees of Reservations property are one of the payoffs of visiting.

The area, however, was almost lost to the public, having narrowly escaped becoming a 163-house residential subdivision in the late nineteenth century. Wealthy Boston businessman John Brewer bought a farming estate in the 1880s and hired landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in 1890 to plan and design a community of residences. The homes were never built. Later, in 1945, the property was short-listed for the site of the United Nations headquarters, which ultimately found a home in New York City. Twenty years later, it was looked at as a possible site for a nuclear power plant. Finally, in 1967, the land was bought by the nonprofit and saved for us to enjoy.

Olmsted’s 4 miles of carriage roads remain to this day and are perfect for walking and snowshoeing, and cross-country skiers in particular enjoy the gentle slopes. Habitats here include saltwater marshes, meadows, and woodlands. Kids will enjoy exploring the rocky beach along the sandbar that con-nects the Planter’s Hill drumlin (an elongated hill formed by glacial drift) to the World’s End drumlin.

Remember: Keep your dog on a leash and clean up after it.

Plan B:

Wompatuck State Park (Trip 64) is a great place to go bike riding.

Where to Eat Nearby:

Head to the center of Hingham, where you can find restaurants on North Street.


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