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Day 2 — Get Wet

Skim the water in a kayak at Hopkinton State Park.
Skim the water in a kayak at Hopkinton State Park.

You can swim, kayak or canoe at Hopkinton State Park, where the vendor Boating in Boston also rents out stand-up paddle boards, pedal boats, windsurfing boards, rowboats, and (for season pass holders) sailboats.

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With a spray park, water slide, and filtered pond, Springs Brook Park in Bedford is a good place to ride out a heat wave. There’s also a sandy beach, playground, and concession stand at the town-run recreation area.