Boating for seniors at Hopkinton State Park

Above: Kayaks are just one of several boating options at Hopkinton State Park (image posted to flickr by dee & tula monstah)

The Southborough Senior Center purchased a special pass for seniors to enjoy boating at Hopkinton State Park this summer. For almost free, seniors can paddle around with a kayak, paddle board, canoe and/or rowboat.  Or peddle boat around the lake.

The only fee for the weekly event is a suggested donation to the Senior Center for $3 per day. There are two other minor catches.

The first is that since this is “in season”, the state charges for entry to the park. But seniors can buy a lifetime parking pass for just $10. (Or you could borrow a Mass state park pass from the library for the day.) 

The second catch is that only eight people can enjoy the pass each Tuesday morning. So, sign up in advance. This week is full, but opportunities continue weekly through August!

To register, call 508-229‐4453 or stop by the Senior Center’s front desk. Then meet up with the group on your designated Tuesday(s) at 10:00 am by the park’s Boat House.

The summer boating program is just one of the Senior Trailblazer’s initiatives this year. The group meets monthly to plan events for active seniors in town. If you are interested in joining the planning group, contact the senior center.

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resident
6 years ago

This might be an odd question but, what age constitutes a “senior”? For AARP it is 50, for housing it is usually over 55. What age is the Senior Center and it’s benefits for?

resident
6 years ago
Reply to  Beth Melo

Thank you for that. I am relieved I guess that I have several years before I can partake. Thanks!

Mary
6 years ago

I had the same question so I called the Senior Center (should have looked here first). The woman I spoke with did not know the age! So thanks for clarifying. She did tell me that you purchase them at the booth at Hopkinton State Park not their office.

Mary
6 years ago

I was referring to the park pass. The Senior Center did not know the age restriction either. I saw that the boating had a price and stated the donation was to the Senior Center. Sorry if I wasn’t clear, sometimes I think people can read my mind.

Mary
6 years ago

Found this on the state website:
Effective March 15, 2015, a new, one-time fee of $10 for a lifetime Senior MassParks Pass for Massachusetts residents 62 years or older.

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