Memorial Day has come and gone, and we can officially say: it’s summertime. Normally, we would be writing an article about all the fun outdoor activities and events the Wellesley community could look forward to over the next several months. However, due to the lingering concern of COVID-19, this summer is definitely going to look, sound and feel a little different.
“This is certainly an unprecedented time, and many of Wellesley’s most cherished summertime activities may be scaled back or need to be adapted this year,” says Kristine Tilton, Executive Director of Waterstone at Wellesley. “Although businesses are reopening and stay-at-home orders are being lifted, many seniors may be hesitant to venture out into crowded, public places,” Kristine says. “However, with proper precautions and a little common sense, there’s no reason why you can’t get out and enjoy the summer weather while still remaining safe.”
The good thing is that there are still plenty of activities that those in Wellesley can enjoy during the summer, thanks to the preponderance of green spaces, state parks and open roads. Here is a list of some of Wellesley’s top activities to do this summer (along with suggestions of things to check out when they reopen).
1. Stroll through one of the country’s most beautiful college campuses.
Wellesley College is often cited as one of the nation’s most beautiful campuses, thanks to the gorgeous gothic architecture, fantastic landscaping and gardens, and the picturesque Lake Waban. Currently, the campus is closed due to COVID-19 (including the two-mile path along Lake Waban), but check the website to see when reopening plans may be occurring. Wellesley will be announcing its plan for reopening no later than July 1.
2. Soak in the sun at Morses Pond.
Morses Pond is one of Wellesley’s favorite summer destinations for kids and adults alike. Currently, the park is open to the public (please follow social distancing guidelines). While there are no lifeguards on duty at the beach itself, it is open for swimming at your own discretion. While the Morses Pond parking lot is closed as of May 8, 2020, the trails system at the pond is open and the beach is accessible via the Turner Road area. Be sure to check their website or call 781-431-7724 for the most up-to-date information.
3. Play a round of golf.
Wellesley has two outdoor golf courses – Wellesley Country Club (18 holes) and Nehoiden Golf Club at Wellesley College (9 holes). They’re both private, so you’ll need to know a member or be a member yourself. You can also head to nearby Weston to try your hand at the public Leo J. Martin course. Golf courses are open; however, be sure to follow the restrictions in order to ensure safety for players and course workers.
4. Picnic al fresco.
Restaurants still closed? Don’t want to risk sharing space with strangers? No problem – grab a to-go order and head to the nearest open park and enjoy a relaxing meal in the sun. If patios are open, you may prefer to dine in the open air at one of the many restaurants that offer this option. The Swellesley Report has a great list of picnic spots as well as al fresco dining options.
5. Take a hike.
Wellesley has more than 40 miles of public trails threaded throughout the town and surrounding area. The Wellesley Trails Committee is responsible for maintaining them, and should be your first stop (virtually) before you grab your hiking boots and hit the trails. Most trails should be open but, as always, follow social distancing guidelines and use your best judgement.
Must-See Attractions (if They’re Open)
At the time this article was written, the majority of attractions in Wellesley are closed in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. However, we would be remiss if we didn’t list some of the top outdoor activities and destinations in the area – which, hopefully, will be reopened in the very near future.
The Gardens at Elm Bank is a 36-acre property that features both traditional and modern gardening styles. It’s a gorgeous place to relax in the natural world, get inspiration for your personal garden or simply enjoy the fresh air with your friends and family. The display of different plants, flowers and trees provide a beautiful setting for gatherings, walks, picnics and more.
The Davis Museum is one of the oldest and most acclaimed academic fine art museums in the United States. It was founded more than 120 years ago by the first President of Wellesley College, and its collections span global history from antiquity to the present. View masterpieces from every continent (except Antarctica) as you stroll through the extraordinary museum building, designed by the Pritzker Architecture Prizewinner Rafael Moneo. In addition to permanent collections, the Davis hosts a rotating series of temporary exhibitions and programs.
Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary is a gorgeous, expansive retreat along Indian Brook and the Charles River with an ever-changing environment teeming with wildlife. Easy-to-moderate, well-groomed trails lead you through the shade of mature woodlands into open fields and along the edges of streams, ponds and marshland.
Whatever you choose to do in Wellesley this summer, says Kristine, make sure you do something. “This may be an unusual and uncertain time, but it’s also the perfect time to make memories that will last a lifetime,” she says. “Years from now, we’ll look back at this period and hopefully think: we certainly made the most of this time together.”
For more information about fun summer things to do in Wellesley, Massachusetts, please contact us at 781.591.7113.
Beautiful Riverfront Community
Located on the banks of the Charles River, Waterstone is Wellesley’s only senior living community, offering premier independent and assisted living. But that’s only the first of many differences that sets Waterstone above and beyond other communities.
Celebrating Dynamic Living
Here our residents live independently in their own private, spacious apartments – but without any of the worries or concerns of homeownership or living alone. All meals are expertly prepared. There aren’t any chores to be concerned with. No home maintenance or repairs to worry about. Just opportunities around every corner and time to spend as they choose – in the company of new friends.
Our vibrant community encourages residents to engage in a variety of recreational, cultural and social programs and activities. Enjoy a fitness class. Swim in the sunny indoor pool. Take a stroll on a walking path. Partake in a favorite hobby or pastime. Discover a new interest. With Waterstone at Wellesley, there’s a world of opportunity waiting right outside our residents’ doors.
Confidence of Care
The hallmark of Waterstone assisted living is the peace of mind we provide both our residents and their families. Knowing that care and support is available right on site instills a sense of confidence and calm one can’t find living alone.
For prospective residents or their families interested in residing at Waterstone at Wellesley, please contact us at 781.591.7113.