Andover is mostly visited by nature lovers and adventure seekers for its grasslands and trails. Though there are many restaurants and shops in the city but what catches tourists’ attraction is mostly the open spaces that provide ideal location for biking, hiking and cycling. If you wish to have a relaxing stay away from the hustle-bustle of the city then Andover is the perfect place for you. Here is a list of some of the attractions that you must visit here.
Addison Gallery of American Art
The Addison Gallery of American Art isfree and open to the public. It is located in a stand-alone building on the campus of Phillips Academy at the corner of Main Street and Chapel Avenue in Andover. Showcasing one of the most comprehensive collectionsin the world, the gallery has more than 17,000 objects spanning the 18th century to the present.The Addison hosts over twelve shows that represent a wide range of art, across time and media. These shows include both permanent collection installations and major traveling exhibitions. Among the many nationally touring exhibitions organized by Addison are: American Vanguards: Graham, Davis, Gorky, de Kooning and Their Circle, 1927 – 1942 and Coming of Age. They also organizedretrospectives dedicated to artists like John Marin, Trisha Brown, Carroll Dunham, Sheila Hicks, Terry Winters, William Wegman, Wendy Ewald, and Richard Stanciewicz.
Sprawling across 704-acre, The Ward Reservationis renowned for its open drumlin hilltops and views encompassing Boston and Salem.13 miles of its trails and former woods roads are available for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and cross country skiing. The reservation is notable for a great variety of wildflowers, including hepatica, starflower, pyrola, lady’s slipper, violets and ferns that grow on the forest floor. Many area-sensitive forest birds and reptiles are also found in this area. This is one of the best places to visit for nature lovers and bird watchers.
Bay Circuit Trail
The BayCircuit also known as the Bay Circuit Trail and Greenwayis a popularrecreational trail that connects the outlying suburbs of Boston from Plum Island in Newburyport to Kingston Bay in Duxbury. The landmarks in this area include Great Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Henry David Thoreau’s Walden Pond, the Charles River, Minute Man National Historical Park, Massachusetts Audubon’s Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary,Lowell National Historic Park, the Merrimack River, and Plum Island.The trail provides great place for many recreational activities including snowshoeing, walking, biking, horseback riding and cross-country skiing. Someareas of the trail are good for bicycling, Swimming, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, and car top boating.