Summer Activities



Berkshire Sites, Museums and Outdoor Activities


An excellent general source of information is



Below, we have selected out some of the information from this site for your use,

for the time we are at the Shaker Mill.


Also, here is a recent article from the NY Times about local events and links to local attractions.

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1.      Boating and Bike Rental - below


2.      Kid and Family Activities (includes Museums with Child oriented exhibits)


3.      Music and Theater 2013


4. Museums


























1. Biking, Boating & Rafting


Bike Rentals


Ashuwillticook Rail Trail—EXCELLENT!


The Ashuwillticook Rail Trail is a former railroad corridor converted into a 10-foot wide paved, universally accessible, passive recreation path. The Ashuwillticook runs parallel to Route 8 through the towns of Cheshire, Lanesborough and Adams. The southern end of the rail trail begins at the entrance to the Berkshire Mall off MA Rte. 8 in Lanesborough and travels 11.2 miles north to the center of Adams. Parking lots and restrooms are available at selected locations along the way.


Berkshire Outfitters

Rt 8 Grove Street, Adams

413 -743-5900


Hours Fri 10-5 Sun 11-4 .  Tentative rental rates  - 3 hrs $24.00   Full Day $30


1000 ft from entrance to Ashuwilltcook Rail Trail


Plaines for Bike Rental

55 West Housatonic St,

Pittsfield 413-499-0294 tentative $25 per day if bikes available  -


Hours Mon -Fri 11-7 Sun 12-5




Berkshire Adventures
Outdoor adventures for families and individuals. Climb and zip on our high ropes course and tower. Guided kayaking and hiking. Accepts BerkShares.

Eastover Resort and Conference Center Ropes Course; Mail: 63 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, MA 01201
(413) 443-8383/(888)-9-ON-BELAY


Berkshire Scenic Treks & Canoe Tours

Guided canoe tours. Enjoy the Housatonic's abundant untouched beauty. Daily/evening. In winter-snowshoe or hiking Berkshire adventures.


Location: By Appointment, Deckers Landing, Lenox, MA 01240; Mail: 151 Bullhill Road, Route 44, Pittsfield, MA 01201

(413) 442-2789





BRASS - (Berkshire Rowing And Sculling Society) Ready all, Row! Instruction and rentals for singles, doubles, quad and fours rowing shells. All ages welcome. Recreational to Racing Shells.


Cuyler Boathouse. Onota Lake, Pittsfield; Mail: PO Box 787, Pittsfield, MA 01202

(413) 442-7769




Onota Boat Livery

Boat rentals - canoes/kayaks/motor & pontoons. Marine sales, service & accessories. Slip rentals by day/wk/season. Open daily year-round.


463 Pecks Road, Pittsfield, MA 01201

(413) 442-1724




U-Drive Rent-A-Boat

Pontoon boat rentals. Hourly and daily rates. Come have a swim & picnic on the lake. Each boat holds 12 to 14 people. Great rates. Open seasonal.


1651 North Street, Route 7, Pontoosuc Lake, Pittsfield, MA 01201; Mail: 37 Cleveland Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201

(413) 281-4196


Wild 'N Wet Water & Sports Rentals

Offering fun on the lake for nearly 10 yrs. Rent 3-passenger jet skis/large & small pontoon boats/canoes/paddleboats. Lunch on the lake & bike rentals.


Matt Reilly's Restaurant, Route 7, Pontoosuc Lake, Lanesboro, MA 01237

(413) 445-5211






Crab Apple Whitewater, Inc.
New England's largest rafting outfitter. Family owned and operated since 1983. Full and half-day trips on Deerfield River in rafts or inflatable kayaks. Daily April-October.

2056 Mohawk Trail, PO Box 295, Charlemont, MA 01339
(413) 625-2288/(800) 553-7238
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Moxie Outdoor Adventures
Guided whitewater rafting, funyaking trips for families to fanatics on the Deerfield River. Daily trips May - Oct. Call for free brochure.

1 Thunder Road, Charlemont, MA 01339
(800) 866-6943
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Spaces are limited and filling fast for this activity.


Zoar Outdoor
New England's multisport adventure resort. Rafting, kayaking, biking, rock climbing. On-site camping and lodging. Open April to October.

7 Main Street, PO Box 245, Charlemont, MA 01339
(413) 339-4010/(800) 532-7483
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July 3


Dryway  Trip  - Leave at 8:45 AM, Return at 6:00 PM

10:30 to 4:30 ( time on river)   -Length 3.5 miles -

3 to 4 hours on river

Class III & IV Water


$102 per person, (same rate for kids, no younger than 14)



July 5 Sunday

Zoar Gap Rafting Trip – Class I & III


10 mile section


$92 adults, $72 for youth ( ages 7 to 15)






$42 per person (including children – age 12 for singles, doubles as young as 7)


1:45 till 5:30 PM – Deerfield River




                  Zoar Outdoor Rafting                                                  Ashuwillticook Rail Trail