Recreation & Fun


From hiking and fishing, to youth sports, to festivals and the performing arts, there’s always a lot to do in Franklin, MA!

CNN/Money.com named Franklin, MA as one of the the 10 best communities in all of the United States in which to conduct business and enjoy superior leisure and recreational opportunities. 

They certainly got that right! Franklin enjoys an amazingly broad and deep array of recreational resources. Franklin residents who love the outdoors do not have to leave town to get exercise and experience the outdoors!

Video overview

The following video of some of the recreational resources in Franklin was created by Franklin resident Nick Nurmberg.

Recreational site map

Download a site map showing the location in Franklin of the many recreational resources in town.

There are many reasons why Franklin made the CNN/MONEY.com exclusive Top Ten list. Discover them all by clicking on the links below!

Recreation and fun in Franklin

June 10, 2020
riverbend hiking franklin ma

Riverbend Hiking Trails – Franklin’s newest recreation resource

Hikers and outdoor enthusiasts take note: there’s a new recreational resource taking shape in Franklin, MA. Called the Riverbend Hiking Trails, this 40 +/- acre parcel […]
November 6, 2019
snett-southern-new-england-trunkline-trail-Prospect-St-Franklin-MA

Franklin’s Trunkline Trail getting million dollar upgrade

Franklin’s section of the twenty-two mile long Southern New England Trunkline Trail is set to get a $1M+ upgrade in 2020.  An underpass will be built […]
April 24, 2019
ArtWeek 2019 Franklin MA

Ten days of art, culture, and fun at Artweek in Franklin, MA

ArtWeek 2019 gets underway in Franklin, MA on Friday, April 26 and ends on Sunday, May 5.  It’s part of the annual springtime celebration of the […]
February 13, 2019
Franklin Lifelong Learning

Fun activities for spring from Franklin’s Lifelong Learning Institute

Here’s good news for everyone in and around Franklin, MA who is weary of winter: the spring 2019 schedule of fun classes and activities has been […]
January 26, 2018
YMCA STEM

Franklin Y joins STEM movement

Franklin, MA’s Hockomock YMCA recently joined over 1,000 YMCAs nationwide in offering youth programs promoting involvement with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  As described on […]
September 26, 2017
Beaver Pond Recreation Area Franklin MA

New artificial turf field at Beaver Pond Recreation Area

A beautiful new artificial turf field has been installed at the Beaver Pond Recreation Area in Franklin, MA. After some installation delays, the field went into […]
May 20, 2017

Franklin Recreation Department offers outstanding summer programs

The Recreation Department for the Town of Franklin, MA sponsors a wide range of fun programs and activities for the summer.  Offerings are for all ages […]
February 7, 2016

CNN/Money.com Loves Franklin, MA!

Franklin, MA enjoys a rare combination of an attractive business environment, reasonable property taxes, great schools and a high quality of life with ample access to […]
October 19, 2015

Fishing at Beaver Pond Recreation Area in Franklin, MA

The Beaver Pond Recreation Area in Franklin, MA a super spot for fishing.  It’s perfect for young anglers and is right in town with plenty of […]
September 17, 2015

Flag football in Franklin

Franklin, Massachusetts is celebrating twenty years of NFL Flag Football in 2020. The non-contact sport for kids is conducted at the  synthetic turf field at the […]
August 23, 2015

Franklin Sculpture Park another reason to love Franklin

If you are unfamiliar with Franklin, MA, the most important thing you should know is that this community of 32,000 on Interstate 495 in suburban Massachusetts […]
May 25, 2015
DelCarte Franklin MA

Fishing fun at DelCarte

The DelCarte Recreation and Conservation Area is a 130 acre oasis of woods, ponds and walking trails located right in the heart of Franklin, MA. Access […]
June 4, 2014
DelCarte Franklin MA

DelCarte gets major upgrade

The130+ acre DelCarte Conservation Area received major improvements that were completed in 2014. Large portions of the dam system were rebuilt. and the walking trails that […]
April 4, 2014

Ideas for spring family fun

After a long, hard winter featuring punishing low temperatures, heavy snows and a polar vortex to boot, we all could use some fun in the early […]
March 7, 2014

Free family fun night at the Franklin YMCA

You’re invited to celebrate the advent of spring at the March Madness Family Carnival being held Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Bernon Family Branch of […]
July 14, 2013
Blueberry Franklin MA Gianetti picking

Where to enjoy blueberry picking fun in Franklin, MA

One of the benefits of living in Franklin, Massachusetts it that you get sophisticated suburban shopping and services with all the wonderful character and feel of […]
October 6, 2011

Pick your own apples and pumpkins this fall!

Fall weekends in Massachusetts are often cool, crisp and sunny – a perfect opportunity to take the kids out to pick apples or pumpkins! Below are […]
October 5, 2011

Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club marks 40 years of service

Not just for newcomers!  That’s the message being stressed this month by the Franklin Newcomers and Friends Club. The Club is celebrating 40 years of service […]
October 5, 2011

Save money with DIY Halloween costume ideas

It’s easy to spend $20 to $30 per child buying Halloween costumes every year.  The outfits are often used once and then languish somewhere in your […]
October 4, 2011

Fabulous family fun for Fall in MA

The change of seasons in Massachusetts brings colorful leaves, crisper weather and many opportunities for family fun activities.  So if you’re looking for ways to create […]
August 1, 2010

Pick-your-own blueberries in Franklin, Massachusetts (MA)

The Gianettis’ U-Pick Blueberries has been a summertime staple for family fun in Franklin, MA for years!  Located just off Exit 16 on I-495 , the […]
March 18, 2009

Franklin Recreation Now Serves Medway

It’s a win-win for the neighboring Massachusetts communities of Franklin and Medway!  Medway residents now can participate in the wide range of programs offered by Franklin’s […]
January 11, 2009

Recreational Resources for Franklin, MA

CNN/Money.com recently named the 10 best communities in the US in which to conduct business and enjoy superior leisure and recreational opportunities.  This select Top Ten […]
December 23, 2008

Franklin Country Club

The Franklin Country Club in Franklin, MA is a private country club founded in 1899. It is located at 672 East Central Street in Franklin. The […]
December 23, 2008
Franklin MA YMCA

YMCA in Franklin, MA

Franklin, MA is very fortunate to have a thriving branch of the YMCA located in town in a modern, spacious facility. The YMCA in Franklin, MA […]
December 23, 2008

Adirondack Club, Franklin, MA

The Adirondack Club in Franklin, MA opened in 1999, so the facilities are modern and appealing.  The club boasts an 8,000 square foot workout area, eight […]
December 23, 2008

Franklin Rod & Gun Club, Franklin, MA

The Franklin Rod and Gun Club offers free to the public the opportunity for boating and fishing on Uncas Pond in Franklin, MA. The Franklin Rod […]
December 23, 2008

Other Sports Clubs in Franklin, MA

This is just a partial listing of other sports clubs and health/fitness providers in Franklin, MA: Team Fitness Franklin Village Shopping Center Franklin, MA 100 Franklin […]
December 19, 2008
State Forest Franklin MA

Franklin State Forest

This 880+ acre woodland is located in the western and southern parts of Franklin, MA, roughly paralleling Grove Street .  There are many trails and dirt […]
December 19, 2008

Southern New England Trunkline Trail

The eastern section of the 22 mile-long Southern New England Trunkline Trail (SNETT) starts in Franklin, MA  at Grove Street and runs through Bellingham and Blackstone […]