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Family Friendly Activities – On the Road With Michelle

Baby animals are so cute, don't you think?There are plenty of family friendly activities to let your visitors know about when they visit the Berkshires. Have a family visiting with their kids? The Berkshires has you covered! From museums to walking trails, an adventure awaits. These are obvious, concrete details that I’m sure you already know, so let’s mix it up a bit.

Think back to when you were a kid. Did you ever hold a baby bunny? Did you ever ride a horse? How about fish on a lake? These next places will help your visitor make some more memories and add some adventure everyone will be talking about for years to come!

Let’s start with some itsy bitsy cutie patootie cuteness overload! Hancock Shaker Village’s annual baby animals celebration starts April 11. The whole family will enjoy this wholesome time. Any age is welcome at this living museum. Visitors will see a piglet pile, chicks, bunnies, plus more, and have an opportunity to tour the buildings at the Village. The sweetness will make their faces melt! Kids absolutely love it. Grandparents love it.

Remember I mentioned horses, right? Undermountain Farm offers trail rides for any level of rider. Whether your visitor is a beginner or more advanced, the Farm has miles of trails and each ride is guided. The Farm does have age and weight limits, so ensure your visitors plan ahead for this exceptional experience! They’re coming to the Berkshires to reconnect with nature, and it crosses something off their bucket list.

How about we hit the water for this one. Visitors can rent a boat, grab some bait, put on a life vest, and catch some fish! Visit Onota Boat Livery to rent everything from a rowboat to a pontoon. They have live-bait and a large supply of rods and tackle on site for purchase. Onota Lake covers about 670 acres and is about one mile long and ½ mile wide. What kind of fish does Onota have? Perch, bass (both large and small mouth), carp, bullhead, pickerel and pike. Just remember, if they’re over 15, they need a fishing license which they can obtain at Onota’s main building.

Visitors around the world visit the Berkshires for many reasons. I’ve listed three unique, family friendly experiences to tout about, but there’s so much more during any time or season!


Most days you can find Michelle Murphy, BVB Communications Associate, on the road visiting Members. Her visits help to keep the BVB staff updated on what’s new and offer’s Members a chance to share images and information through our various social media channels. Site visits usually last about 30-45 minutes and it is a great opportunity to educate the BVB staff so that they can inspire visitors to come and see you as well! To schedule a visit from Michelle, please email at [email protected] or call 413.743.4500, ext. 133.