Celebrate the New Year in the Blue Hills at the 22nd annual "First Day Hikes." Enjoy the winter woods and get some exercise after an indulgent holiday season. Join DCR Park Rangers and staff from the Blue Hills Trailside Museum for free hikes through the Blue Hills Reservation. First, you can warm up with a free cup of hearty soup and participate in live wildlife programs and family activities. Then you can stretch your legs on a variety of guided hikes suitable for all ages and abilities. Dress warmly in layers, bring some water, and wear sturdy hiking boots, and you are good to go! This event is the perfect way to jump start the new year of healthy living. Tues., Jan 1. All ages. Free. Soup is served at noon; pre-hike activities run from noon - 1 p.m.; all hikes begin at 1 p.m. Please arrive by 12:30 to access event. Parking is limited. Program will be cancelled for rain only. Meet at the Houghton’s Pond main parking lot at 840 Hillside Street, Milton. www.mass.gov/dcr/events.htm
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