The Go-To: Canoeing the Ipswich

You don’t need a merit badge in advanced oarsmanship to cruise into the last days of summer on the Ipswich River, which winds through parts of Bradley Palmer State Park and a Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary. All you need is cash for canoe rental and a BYO mentality that includes both calm-enhancing refreshments and a designated paddler.

One-day rental, $25 weekday/$35 weekend; Foote Brothers, 230 Topsfield Rd., Ipswich, 978-356-9771, footebrotherscanoes.com.