Trip Planner:   USA  /  Massachusetts  /  Milton  /  Houghton's Pond

Houghton's Pond, Milton

3.7
Houghton's Pond is a spring-fed kettle hole pond in Milton, Massachusetts, south of Boston. Like many ponds and lakes in the United States, it was formed by receding glaciers about 10,000 years ago. By the standard definition of lakes being bodies of water larger than, the 24acre pond is technically a lake.The pond is located within the Blue Hills Reservation and managed by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. The Massachusett tribe once fished the pond and hunted in the woodlands that surround it. The local indian tribe called it Hoosic-Whisick, but around 1690, a British settler named Ralph Houghton bought 360 acres of forest and land (including the pond) to farm. He used the pond as a source of ice, drinking water and fish. His farmhouse once stood where the refreshment stand now stands.The area is a popular destination for Massachusetts residents in all seasons. Just outside the city limits of Boston, the setting offers people the chance to quickly immerse themselves in a natural surrounding. The pond offers a visitor's center, supervised swimming area, stocked fishing, picnic areas, and various outdoor sports. The refreshment stand is on the National Register of Historic Places. The pond is surrounded by an array of hiking trails within the Blue Hills Reservation. The area is most popular in the summer for swimming and cook-outs.
To visit Houghton's Pond on your holiday in Milton, and find out what else Milton has to offer, use our Milton day trip planning tool .
Source
Create an itinerary including Houghton's Pond
map
Houghton's Pond Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5
45 reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Beautiful Sunday outing with family on a crisp October morning. Enjoyed the visit because parking was readily available, we could roll the stroller to the water using a special ramp, the bathrooms wer...  more »
  • We live fairly close to Houghton's Pond and took our daughter here one night after work this past August. It was not very crowded and it was nice to cool off with a beautiful backdrop of trees and the...  more »
  • I have been coming here over 30 years. Initially with young children and now my husband and I. Very peaceful, clean, refreshing. All seasons  more »

Plan your trip to Milton

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Milton

Browse hotels, guesthouses, and unique homes and book your stay on the world's leading accommodation sites.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Milton by other users

1 day in Milton BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 1 day in Milton BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, popular PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Milton BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, popular PREFERENCES: August, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Milton BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: April, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, historic sites, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM EGYPT July, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 20 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 35 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM MONGOLIA June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM ISRAEL July, teens, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens, outdoors, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM INDONESIA June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans