Family-Fun in Southern Berkshire County
The Southern Berkshires are a great place to visit with your family in all seasons. The following selection of attractions, restaurants and lodgings all offer kid-friendly family fun.
Attractions and Culture
The Clark opened to public in 1955, the Institute has built upon this extraordinary group of works to become one of the most beloved and respected art museums in the world, known for its intimate galleries and stunning natural environment. 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA; 413-458-2303
Norman Rockwell Museum “houses the world's largest and most significant collection of original Rockwell art.” The museum offers daily tours led by an expert gallery guide, audio tours as well as special tours and activities for families and children. Free for kids 18 and under! May-Oct & holidays 10am-5pm daily. 9 Glendale Rd., Route 183, Stockbridge, MA 01262; 413-298-4100
Tanglewood Music Center is the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Every season is packed full of concerts showcasing “a vast range of musical forms and styles.” Visitors can choose to sit inside the great hall or picnic on the lawn. Children will especially enjoy the Tanglewood on Parade concert with fireworks or Movie Night where John Williams conducts the orchestra’s performance of famous movie scores. a Please visit their website for concert schedule and ticket sales. 297 West St. Lenox, MA 01240; (413) 637-1600
Catamount Adventure Park offers aerial forest adventure fun that is exciting and safe. The park has 8 separate courses with zip lines for all skill levels. Also on site are restaurants, retail shop, mountain and dirt biking, hiking and a stocked fish pond. Summer hours 9am-5:30pm daily. State Route 23 East, Hillsdale, NY 12529; 413-528-1262 x 131
Blue Rider Stables is a non-profit organization offering fun and safe horseback riding for all ages and abilities. The “horses are healthy, sensitive teachers chosen for their characters and dispositions. Donkeys, goats, rabbits, chickens, cats and Theo the pigeon round out the Blue Rider Family.” Pony ride $5; 30 min. lesson $20; 75 min. lesson $50. 15 Farm Lane, South Egremont, MA 01230; 413-528-5299
Bash Bish Falls State Park is the highest single-drop waterfall in MA and one of the most dramatic. Nearby Mount Everett State Forest offers informal picnicking at Guilder Pond and from the top visitors have a stunning view spanning MA, NYC and CT. To reach the Falls you can enter either through Taconic State Park and follow a moderately difficult hiking trail or park in the lot on the MA side off of Rt. 22 and follow an easy 1 mile dirt road to the top. Please check the website for more detailed driving directions. Falls Rd. Mt. Washington, MA 01250; 413-528-0330
Berkshire South Regional Community Center Community Center providing recreational, social, educational and cultural programs for all ages. Meeting rooms, youth center, arts & crafts, pools, auditorium, gym, fitness center, lounge, locker rooms & sauna. Special Offier (s): 10% off rental space (meeting rooms etc.) to members of The Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce.
The Kilpatrick Athletic Center offers excellent facilities for many different activities including: swimming, dance, fitness, track, rock climbing and more. It's open to the public year round. Monday though Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Alford Road, Great Barrington, MA
Ski Butternut is set in the beautiful Berkshire hills and offers ski enthusiasts 22 downhill trails covering 112 acres and serviced by 12 lifts, a new 8-lane tubing center and a well-known ski school. Ski Magazine described Ski Butternut as ''A True Family Mountain'' and SnowEast Magazine voted Ski Butternut as their #1 favorite resort under 1100ft vertical for 5 years running & favorite classic resort in the Northeast.
Catamount Ski Area offers families 6 lifts servicing 32 trails and park areas covering 119 acres of prime downhill skiing and snowboarding. Special attractions include the longest run (2.5 miles) in the Berkshires, night skiing and a terrain park. The Catamount Snow Sports School boasts “35 ski and snow board professionals who specialize in coaching kids…Kids' programs at Catamount emphasize three things: safety, on-slope etiquette and fun!” Please see the website for lift ticket prices, hours of operation and special events. State Route 23 East, Hillsdale NY 12529; 518-325-3200
Lake Mansfield is located in a quiet neighborhood just outside downtown Great Barrington. There is a clean beach and designated swimming area with beach toys and certified life-guards on watch as well as a playground, picnic area, porta-potties and parking available. The ice cream truck makes a welcome visit every afternoon. Lake Manfield Rd., Gt. Barrington, MA 01230