Some things to do in Topsfield, Massachusetts, include exploring the Willowdale State forest, going to Mass Audubon's Ipswich Rive Wildlife Sanctuary and enjoying the Topsfield Fair. An annual event that dates back to 1818, the fair offers rides, grandstand shows, live music and artist displays. Visitors can also go there to view unique exhibits, such as the world's largest pumpkin, or watch the New England Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off.
Topsfield offers tourists plenty of opportunities to get in touch with nature at the 3,000-acre Willowdale State Forest. Visitors can hike, bike or go horseback riding along 40 miles of trails that lead along swamp areas, marshlands, ponds and forests.
Animal lovers can visit the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary, a 1,954-acre area that boasts a variety of habitats from wetlands and fields to meadows and forests. The sanctuary, formed by ancient ice glaciers, is home to blue herons, eastern bluebirds and tree swallows as well as painted turtles, river otters and beavers. Visitors can go canoeing down the Ipswich River for an up-close look at the native flora and fauna or go camping at Perkins Island. There are also cabin and house rentals available.
Hikers can explore 12 miles of trails, such as the Mill Pond Trail, Fox Field Trail, Averill's Island Loop and Drumlin Trail. Travelers taking the Bunker Meadows Trail can climb the observation tower or switch to the Ipswich River Trail and Grouse Trail to view the vernal pool.