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Story Trail

Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance

Each page of the children’s book is posted at different points on the property.  Moving from page to page, visitors can read the book from cover to cover while spending time outdoors.  The Story Trail is free and open during daylight hours.  Return every couple months to read a new story!

This program is supported in part by grants from the Waltham Cultural Council and Watertown Cultural Council, both are local agencies supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.  


Tot Time on the Farm

Tot Time on the Farm at Gore Place: outdoor fun for kids 18 months to 5 years on our farm Help out with the farm work by planting seeds, watering raised beds, and picking vegetables. Provocations to explore different elements of farm life are open-ended and allow children to do as little or as much of an activity as they like. There will be a different focus each month, with new activities. The dates are the third Wednesday of each month June-October except August which is the 23rd.

Children age 18 months -5 years, with an adult. $10 per child. $5 for Family Level Members. Reservations are required. Maximum 15 children. No older siblings please. For information, email or call (781) 894-2798. Tickets at the link.


Take A Walk Backpacks

With a Take a Walk backpack children and their accompanying adults can explore the open spaces and hidden places of the 45 acre estate.  Backpacks contain activities, a magnifying glass and binoculars. Monday – Friday 10-3 and Saturday 12-3. $5 per hour, per backpack; free for members.  Seasonal and special themes available.  Currents themes described below. Come into the Carriage House to get your backpack and begin your adventure!

Explore Gore

Children and their accompanying adults can explore the 50 acres at Gore Place with the Take-a-Walk backpacks containing activities, magnifying glasses and binoculars. Follow the clues to discover 5 different areas where a special activity awaits at each location.



Discover the stories of Christopher and Rebecca Gore, their household, and the events of the Federal Period as you tour the 1806 mansion.  All tours are appropriate for ages 6 and up.  Monday through Friday: available on the hour between 10am and 2pm.  Saturdays at 12, 1, 2 and 3pm.  $12 per adult, $6 per child ages 5-12, free for Members.  To learn more, visit the Tours page. Tours start in the Carriage House.


Explore on Snowshoes

Snowshoe season has ended. Thanks for supporting us this season and see you next year!

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