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

Houghton's Pond, Milton

(35+ reviews on the web)
Water Body
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.
Put Houghton's Pond into our Milton trip itinerary builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Milton.
Source
Create a full Milton itinerary
map

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.

Plans in Milton by other users

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 23 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA September, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: September, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM INDIA May, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: May, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in East Coast of USA BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES July, teens, popular PREFERENCES: July, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Big fan of Houghton's Pond. It's so close to Boston but you can spend the day there with your family for a "staycation." Plenty of parking, a spacious bathhouse, and outdoor showers and foot showers t...  more »
  • Only once went to this pond, gets very crowded in Summer time, feel not too safe, sow few people drinking alcohol, not too sure if is allowed, but no one say something.  more »
  • Houghton's pond/lake is a day trip for families or couples. It has a nice pond view and new boathouse. Near the edge it stays shallow, so it's safe for (supervised) kids. If you live locally, it's a n...  more »