Trustees of Reservations Wants You to Get Outside on Black Friday

Some of its most popular sites, like Crane Beach, will be free on Black Friday.

Crane Beach

Crane Beach photo provided by Trustees of Reservations

The Trustees of Reservations wants to get you out of the mall and into fresh air this Black Friday.

The Trustees, a group that maintains and preserves 25,000 acres of outdoor space around the state, is making entry to several of its properties free on Black Friday. The move was inspired by REI, a long-time partner of the Trustees, opting to close all of its stores on Black Friday, instead encouraging would-be customers to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends.

Three of the Trustees’ gated properties—Crane Beach in Ipswich, World’s End in Hingham, and Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield—will be free to visit, and parking will be free at Bartholomew’s Cobble, Monument Mountain in Great Barrington, Norris Reservation in Norwell, Appleton Grass Rides in Hamilton, and Rocky Woods in Medford.

In a statement, Trustees President Barbara Erickson voiced her support for REI’s #OptOutside movement:

“By inviting the nation to #OptOutside and reconnect with family and friends during this important time of gratitude, this sends an important message about what is most important at this time of year. We are excited to show our support for their campaign by offering free entry and parking at some of our most visited outdoor sites and making them more accessible for more people to get out and be active together.”

If none of the temporarily free sites are near you, don’t think you’re off the hook—most of the organization’s properties are free all year round.