Weir River Farm
GOOD FOR: Ages 5-8

Source:Outdoors with Kids Boston (AMC Books)
Address:Turkey Hill Lane, Hingham, MA
Hours:Trails: dawn to dusk daily; barnyard: seasonal
Fee: Trails: free; Barnyard: small admission fee for nonmembers of The Trustees of Reservations
Contact:; 781-740-7233

Bathrooms: Portable toilet at the barnyard available when the barnyard is open
Water/Snacks: None

Weir River Farm, one of the last working farms in Hingham, is a charming attraction for kids.

One of Hingham's last working farms offers a glimpse of grazing belted Galloway cows.
Photo by: Kim Foley MacKinnon

Although you can visit Weir River Farm all year long, if you have fans of farm animals in your group, make sure to check the website of this Trustees of Reservations property to see when the barnyard is open. The 10-acre working farm is one of the last farms in Hingham, home to horses, pigs, cows, chickens, and sheep as well as an easy 1.5-mile loop trail. The farm gets its name from the Weir River, which passes through the property. Last time we visited, we found out that all the cows in the field had names that started with the letter Q. (It’s a tracking system; each year, newborn calves are all named with the same letter).

Every Saturday from May through October, Weir River hosts Open Barnyard hours, when the public is invited to visit the animals and watch the farmers at work. On Wednesdays from June through September, the farm hosts an outdoor story hour. Several other family-friendly activities are held yearround, including school vacation camps and after-school programs.

Besides fields and pastures, the grounds include oak and red cedar woodlands and grasslands. If you’d like to take a longer trek, you can get to the adjacent Whitney and Thayer Woods on trails at the farm. The trails also connect to Wompatuck State Park and the Triphammer Conservation Area. Altogether, at nearly 5,000 acres, the trail network is the largest contiguous tract of open space on the South Shore.

Remember: If the barnyard isn’t open, you may still see grazing animals. Just warn kids there’s no guarantee.

Plan B:

For an oceanside adventure, head to nearby Nantasket Beach Reservation (Trip 65).

Where to Eat Nearby:

Hingham has a variety of dining options, from upscale restaurants to clam shacks.


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