Sometimes people ask me what some of my go-to inexpensive activities to do with my kids are. Visiting the Bass Pro shop in Foxboro is high up on the list. My boys could spend hours in that place (actually they have).
Bass Pro Shops/Outdoor World, Foxborough, Massachusetts
While you’ll find a huge selection of outdoor gear, Bass Pro Shops stores are also part museum, art gallery, antique store, aquarium, education, conservation and entertainment center. Using more than 3,500 area artifacts, antiques, pictures, mounts and memorabilia, the store becomes a living museum of New England’s hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor legacies.
The store is huge.
We went there a few weeks ago and the first thing we did when we were there was to grab a snack. On the second floor of the store, there is a snack bar which has ice cream, fudge, coffee, pretzels, nachos and things like that. The boys got some ice cream while Chris & I split a chunk of fudge.
In addition to the snack bar, there is a full service restaurant down on the first floor of this store. I have never eaten there, but the food smelled so good as we walked by!
The boys loved getting to sit on tractors, plows and boats. No seriously, we spent a good hour climbing on all of the equipment. By we, I mean all four of us. Yes, really. I was in the plow and boat that day.
You may have noticed in all of the pictures above that the wall behind them is one big picture window. Well, that is because there is a nature trail behind the store. It’s a 32-acre cranberry wetland system and wooded area. Because it was muddy due to the melting snow that day, we opted out, but will be going back to check it out in the spring.
There are several telescopes set up if you want to take a closer look from the inside.
There was so much to see there. The boys loved walking around to see all of the displays, the aquarium and all the gear.
They even have a few games, like this shooting game, at Bass Pro. So be sure to bring your quarters. It was 50 cents apiece.
Last, but certainly not least, I had to show you guys this picture because I thought it was hysterical. Mr. bear was tucked into a corner and the lighting was very poor, so I apologize for the quality of this picture. When my nine year old saw the bear, he said to the six year old: “Lets act like we’re scared” and this is the result:
The Bass Pro Shop is located at One Bass Pro Drive in Foxborough, MA (next to Gillette Stadium).