Things to Do in Becket, Washington, & Otis MA โ€” Bucket List

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By Berkshires Macaroni Kid June 11, 2019
 Whether looking for things do in Becket, Washington, or Otis for kids, parents, grandparents, etc. we’ve got a list that has something fun for every member of your family — from dance performances, art galleries, playgrounds, fishing ponds and more.

NOTE: As the state releases new guidelines, please practice social distancing guidelines and know that we try to keep these lists as updated as possible. Many sites and venues will not be opening for the summer so please call ahead before going. If you see a change please email

Becket (66-77)

  • Explore the dam at Greenwater Pond, Becket. (FREE)
  • Catch a free Inside/Out performance, every Wednesday through Saturday at 6:15 p.m. during the summer at Jacobs Pillow, Becket where you are welcome to grab a seat or bring a chair or picnic blanket from home (food and drink are welcome in the performance area). (FREE)
  • Pitch a tent for a night or two; and explore the 16,500 acres of winding woodland trails that circle past lakes, reservoirs, marshlands, and geological formations at October Mountain State Forest, Becket/Lee/Lenox.
  • Visit the Sunny Banks Ranch, Becket, for a private lesson or a full day of team roping and ranch sorting. Mosey on by for a trail ride or just drop in and watch the action.
  • Take a family hike to Basin Pond, Becket, an easy hike on well-maintained trails, past dramatic boulders with natural stepping stone stairs and bridges over streams and brooks. A wooden lookout above the dam ruins is the perfect place to stop for a trail-side snack. (FREE)
  • A small-town community art center, with big-time creativity and imagination, Becket Arts Center, Becket offering exhibits, performances, community events, and summer youth programs.
  • Take the kids on the Becket Quarry Walk, Becket, a spectacular self-guided outdoor quarry museum and nature preserve, marked by dozens of stone pillars highlighting the history of this long-abandoned quarry, including industrial-sized turn of the Century drills, winches, derricks, and mining vehicles. (FREE)
  • Pack a picnic and go play at the Becket Town Playground, Becket. (FREE)
  • Grab your fishing pole and head to Buckley Dunton Lake, Becket, this reservoir on the southeast corner of October Mountain was created when a portion of forest area was flooded. (Rumor has it that the bass can be found hiding among the drowned tree stumps.) (FREE)
  • Spend a winter day cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and skating (rentals available) at Canterbury Farm, Becket.
  • Take the Jacob’s Ladder Scenic Byway/Rt 20 (the Country’s first auto road over a mountain range, completed in 1910) to the  Keystone Arch Bridges, Becket/Chester/Middlefield, built for the railroad in 1833 and 1841, and the oldest bridges of their kind in the U.S. (FREE)
  • Kayak, fish or admire the wildlife on Buckley Dunton Reservoir or Center Pond.
Washington (78)
  • Attend the John Keator Memorial Pumpkin Walk, at the Washington Town Park, Washington, complete with a state of the art Jack o’ lantern display, bonfire, hayrides and trick-or-treat!
Otis (79-80)
  • Kayak, jet ski, swim, picnic and/or just relax at Otis Reservoir/Tolland State Forest, Otis.
  • Spend a day skiing at Otis Ridge, Otis — it may be the smallest ski area in the Berkshires but it’s big on family fun, with 10 trails, kids programs, lessons and ski camps.