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Crowd Pleasing Outdoor Activities for Your Berkshire Group Tour

What may start out as a group of strangers randomly traveling together can evolve into a bonded band of like-minded friends, and there’s no better place to facilitate that transition than in the Berkshires. It may be cold now but there is no better time to start planning your spring/summer group tour then now and a Berkshire outdoor adventures is the perfect edition to any New England itinerary.

For example, here’s a perfect starter: an interaction-inspiring round of miniature golf at Baker’s Golf Center in Lanesborough. It may be a throwback for some grownups, or a new experience for the younger set, but the cascading waterfall, ponds, flowing brook and assorted whimsical obstacles never fail to amuse (and challenge) players. There’s also a 300-yard driving range for those who would rather practice their golf swings.

If those man-made waterfall and ponds whet your group’s appetite for the real thing, Berkshire Scenic Treks & Canoe Tours provides the real Berkshires deal — scenery, wildlife and history on a guided canoe trip along the Housatonic River.  Trained guides provide all the necessary equipment and general instruction for first-time paddlers. Or bring the group to the Ashuwillticook Rail Trail, a former railroad corridor converted into a 10-foot wide paved recreation path that runs through Cheshire, Lanesborough and Adams. Walking, cycling and rollerblading are routes to enjoying this popular trail.

Another way for groups to enjoy the Berkshires’ bountiful natural world is horseback riding. Undermountain Farm in Lenox offers group trail rides through forests, back roads and fields.

For a family-oriented group, a perfect destination is Bousquet Mountain in Pittsfield. A ski area in the winter, it changes with the season to become a summer home to six waterslides, an activity pool, zip-line, bungee-trampoline, climbing wall, bounce castle and more.  Catamount and Berkshire East also have great ropes courses and zip lines ranging in difficulty so your whole group will find a level that works for them.

Need help planning an outdoor adventure for your group? Then contact Taking Shape and they will work with you to create a customized outdoor experience be it biking, hiking, snow shoeing, canoeing or more

With so much to do and see, the Berkshires are a definite must on any group’s itinerary!