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Last year, we brought you a list of 11 places to take a walk on the day after Thanksgiving. And in response, many of you spent your Black Friday outside, walking off a big turkey dinner and enjoying some fresh, cool air. So this year, we were inspired once again, in part due to the growing movement to #OptOutside and discover the outdoors instead of spending money in stores.

And the truth is, there are way more than 11 places in our region that are perfect for a walk on the day after Thanksgiving. So here are 11 more spots that you can enjoy with your friends and family this Friday and throughout the holiday season.

It’s beach season, and there’s nowhere better to be than Buzzards Bay! From sandy spots to rocky shores, Buzzards Bay’s coast is lined with beaches where swimmers, boaters, and families can jump into the Bay’s cool waters.

We think all of Buzzards Bay’s beaches are special. But a few stand out as particularly great destinations to enjoy the sand, salt, and surf. Here are eight Buzzards Bay beaches we love, listed in order from west to east. Some of these are crowd favorites, while others are hidden gems waiting for you to discover.

For many people, paddling hits the perfect notes of exploration, adventure, and fun. There’s something about paddling that can get anyone out on the water, whether you’re a whitewater kayaker or a novice trying out a paddleboard for the first time.

To celebrate the season, we’ve put together a list of five fantastic paddling routes for you to try this summer. If you don’t have the right gear, fear not—we’ll point you to some awesome outfitters that’ll equip you for a fun day on the Bay!

When most people think of Cape Cod, the first thing that comes to mind is water. Swimming, boating, fishing – these are the reasons why most people visit the Cape every summer.

Next week, New Bedford residents will have the opportunity to invest in the future of the city’s parks, beaches, gardens, and forests by passing the Community Preservation Act (CPA).

Nothing says fall in the Buzzards Bay region quite like the annual cranberry harvest. As the leaves change colors each autumn, local cranberry bogs glow red with ripe berries that float on the surface of flooded bogs, ready to be harvested.

When the fresh water of a flowing river meets the salty water of the Bay, it creates one of the most unique and important ecosystems in the Buzzards Bay region, with rare plants and a wide range of fish – some that live in fresh water, some in salt water and some that use both.

The Buzzards Bay Coalition’s long-standing Baywatchers water quality monitoring program has been awarded an Environmental Merit Award — the highest honor from the New England Region of the Environmental Protection Agency.