Outdoor Fitness & Recreation
This fall, head to Hale for campsite reservations, mountain biking clinics, nature exploration, fitness classes, and more.
Summer Days at South Beach are fun, but some prefer the quieter shores of North Beach. They offer open swimming supervised by certified lifeguards but forego bells and whistles like boating and playgrounds. Each 3-hour block is $7 per adult (members) or $9 (non-members); ages 1–11 are $5 (members) or $7 (non-members). Please allow at least 3 business days for new member discounts to take effect. As of Aug. 6, weekend Beach Time is only available through Summer Days at South Beach. As of Aug. 22, weeknight Beach Time is only available through Summer Days at South Beach.
When you participate in Summer Days, you can sign out a canoe, rowboat, kayak, or SUP and paddle the peaceful waters of Noanet Pond. Children under the age of 13 can even captain their own boats if a parent or guardian accompanies them in another boat. Note that private watercraft are not permitted at Hale; only Hale watercraft (available at South Beach) may be used on our ponds.
Campsite reservations (tents only) are available at Hale on Friday and Saturday nights through mid-October. Each private site accommodates up to 6 and includes a fire pit and access to restrooms. Firewood is available for purchase, too. Sites are $80 per night; firewood is $20 per bundle.
You may ride, but do you practice? Adult group clinics focus on pedal positioning, brake techniques, terrain analysis, bike/body separation, eye movement, steering, speed control, gearing and cadence, timing, coordination, and bike weighting. Complete drills in separation, brake-in-the-box, ratcheting, riding skinnies, tight cornering, switchbacks, rock dodge, climbing, descending, roll down, and front wheel lift. $75 per rider per clinic; $200 for all three upcoming sessions. All clinics meet at Powissett Lodge. Call 781-326-1770 to register.
MTB Wizardry Essentials (Ages 18+) Nov. 6, 9–11:30 AM – Several basic skills are needed to truly enjoy mountain biking and become an MTB wizard. Many riders never take the time to learn and practice them; they just hit the trails. MTB Wizardry Essentials focuses on riding positions, tackling small features, climbing and descending techniques, and a few key tricks that make hitting the trails more fun.
MTB Trail Skills (Ages 18+) Nov. 6, 12:30–3 PM – Pedal forward in your riding journey. In this session, we prepare for more challenging terrain and slightly larger features. We build on what we learned in Wizardry Essentials and develop skills for rolling down slightly steeper features, maneuvering over logs, taking corners, and ascending hills.
MTB Session (Ages 18+) Nov. 6, 3:30–6 PM – After a quick review of the Trail Skills curriculum, we head out to the trails and “session” climbs, features, and downhills put our skills to use. It’s the real deal. We find drops, jumps, areas for cornering, tricky rock sections, and fun climbs. Participants should feel relatively comfortable on a mountain bike to participate in this clinic, but it is NOT limited to experts—embrace the challenge!
We’re nuts about nature! If your preschooler is too, join us for Nature Nuts on Tuesday mornings in September and Tuesday or Thursday mornings in October. Parents, toddlers, and preschoolers (ages 2–4) will join Nature Shirley as we use all of our senses to learn about animals, ponds, rocks, trees, and other natural features. Classes begin Sept. 7 and Oct. 5.
Whether you head to Hale for lap swim or swimming lessons, our Red Cross certified lifeguards and instructors stand ready to greet you on one of three sun-splashed beaches. Our picturesque ponds are tinted by natural tannins, not chemically bleached. Our attentive staff keeps a watchful eye on every waterfront. Single lap swims and monthly lap swim passes are available for adults, and group and private lessons are open to all ages.
Begin each week by centering your mind and body. Every Sunday from 9–10 AM, instructors from Yoga Now lead small outdoor classes at North Beach Pavilion. Complete mindful, slow-flow sequences that encourage deep breathing and relaxation. Summer sessions begin June 13 and run through August. Each class is $18 per student; a season pass (which grants access to as many of the 11 classes as you choose to attend) is $150.
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Outdoor Fitness & Recreation is just one of several family-friendly, community-oriented programs we offer.