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The Blue Hill Observatory Science Center Inc.

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The Oldest Weather Observatory in the United States

A rare gem on the top of the Blue Hill. The views from the hill include downtown Boston and the off... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2017
Boston, Massachusetts
The Great Blue Hills

I took my 16 year old nephew for an impromptu hike up to the Blue Hills Reservation and... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2017
Boston, Massachusetts
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Nov 29, 2017
“The Oldest Weather Observatory in the United States”
Sep 1, 2017
“The Great Blue Hills”
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1904 Canton Ave, Milton, MA 02186-2335
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Reviewed 29 November 2017

A rare gem on the top of the Blue Hill. The views from the hill include downtown Boston and the off shore islands. Inside of the observatory you study the operation for the current weather instruments and see original instruments from when it was built...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank DH4u
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

I took my 16 year old nephew for an impromptu hike up to the Blue Hills Reservation and Observatory. What a great place for a hike. Fairly easy trail, took us about an hour and a half. We went up to the weather observatory to...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank barbaram847
Donald M, General Manager at The Blue Hill Observatory Science Center Inc., responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2018

Thanks for coming. Please come again. The signs you saw about No Dogs allowed is exclusively for the Wildlife Area at the Trailside Museum. Dogs are welcome everywhere else in the park (please don't let them poop on a beach). Dogs must always be on...More

Reviewed 23 June 2017

You have to walk up the hill to get there, either on the road or up the ski slope (which is short but steep). The observatory is quite small and you can take a tour if you're interested to understand more about what they're doing....More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank markrW44MO
Reviewed 9 June 2017 via mobile

I hiked the Blue Hills on this beautifully sunny day. I used it for exercise and hiked / jogged up to the observatory. There is a service road to the top and that offers a challenging climb for cyclists, but you have to be conscious...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank pickyeater15
Reviewed 23 May 2017

You should be prepared to walk. It's a hike up to the Observatory. You can walk a paved drive up or take one of the trails. The trails are a bit more challenging. Once you reach the top, there is a gift shop with snack...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed 5 January 2017

The hours are not always convenient so check them first, but there is allot of really cool weather history here, and is family friendly with hands on displays.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank 403rayt
Reviewed 21 April 2016

On a first date, we hiked up to the observatory and climbed the stairs to see an amazing view. It was unique, cheap, and fun. Too bad I didn't like the guy enough to go back there for another date. :-)

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank Julie B
Reviewed 12 April 2016

This is a splendidly different way to spend an afternoon near Boston. Just off I-95, the short hike to the observatory was refreshing, as was the knowledgeable, engaged staff of this non-profit weather observatory. The environmental history was fascinating, too, as this place continues an...More

Date of experience: April 2016
1  Thank 856taylors
Reviewed 28 January 2016

Great hiking/climbing experience. Not too hard and great view from observatory at top. Trail side museum is fun too for free with the otter, and other wildlife! Fantastic way to spend a few hours close to Boston.

Date of experience: April 2015
Thank Chris W
Reviewed 24 December 2015

available to those who are able to climb or walk up hill. excellent views at foliage time in october. many wooded trails or use the paved road at rt 138 + canton ave, milton.

Date of experience: November 2015
Thank Loraine S
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roz n
27 July 2017|
Response from markrW44MO | Reviewed this property |
The shortest route is up the ski piste but it's quite steep in the middle. Walk through the woods if you want an easier gradient or simply up the road. Enjoy the view when you get there!
Kai D
28 May 2017|
Response from Donald M | Property representative |
The service road is open to individuals with permission. Contact the Observatory to make arrangements.