Best of Boston

2022 Best Family-Friendly Activity, West

New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill

Think horticulture and high-energy kids don’t mix? You haven’t been to this Boylston sanctuary, which continued its growth this year by unveiling a 1.5-acre children’s garden — dubbed the Ramble designed for the littlest plant lovers. The pre-K set will especially appreciate the space’s new Nature Play Days, offering story time, crafts, dress-up, and more. Parents, meanwhile, will relish the thousands of gorgeous flowers in bloom — not to mention an on-site café overlooking Mount Wachusett (with mac ’n’ cheese for the kiddos, of course).

11 French Dr., Boylston, 508-869-6111,