Best of the Berkshires: Recreation and Outdoors


Fitness Gym

Retro Fitness

Retro's 16,600 square feet of fitness amenities include personal training, smoothie bar and group classes.

675 Merrill Road, Pittsfield

(413) 447-3876



For swmming lessons and free time in the pool, the Y continues its winning streak.

Northern Berkshire YMCA,

22 Bridkyard Court,

North Adams,

(413) 663-6529

Pittsfield Family YMCA,

292 North St.,


(413) 499-7650

YMCA Camp Hi-Rock,

162 East St.,

Mount Washington,

(413) 528-1227

Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA

(camps and outdoor center)

748 Hamilton Road,


(413) 623-8991

Golf Course

Wahconah Country Club

Built in 1929, Wahconah formally opened in 1930. The course offers fairways water hazards and sand traps for golfers of many levels set against a background of mountains.

20 Orchard Drive, Dalton

(413) 684-2864

Miniature Golf

Bakers Golf Center

The 18-hole course, opened in 1943, offers moving and stationary obstacles -- and three new challenges are on their way this year.

658 South Main St.


(413) 443-6102

Sporting Goods


Dick's Sporting Goods

For sports gear, apparel and foot-gear, Dick's wins the gold.

635 Merrill Road, Pittsfield

(413) 395-0870

Bowling Alley

Ken's Bowl

Originally Berkshire Bowl, opened in 1954, Ken's has been Ken's since 1970 -- with 50 lanes, arcade games, pool table, pro shop and snack bar.

495 Dalton Ave., Pittsfield

(413) 418-2949

Boat Dealer

Quirk's Marine

Quirk's wins on the waterways.

990 Valentine Road Pittsfield

(413) 447-7512

Place to Rent a Boat

Onota Boat Livery

From canoes and kayaks to pedal boats and pontoons, Onota rents 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, May to mid-October, first-come, first-served.

463 Pecks Road, Pittsfield

(413) 442-1724

Downhill Skiing

Bousquet Ski Area

The city's family-friendly ski area with summer adventure park and waterslides has seen five Olympic downhill skiers evolve from its race team.

101 Dan Fox Drive, Pittsfield

(413) 442-8316

Bike Shop

Plaines Bike, Ski & Snowboard

Plaine's has served the Berkshires for more than 40 years with bikes and bike repair, skis, snowboards and more. It just hosted a specialized demo day from 2 to 7 p.m. June 16 in Pittsfield State Forest.

55 West Housatonic St.,


(413) 499-0294

Horseback Riding

Berkshire Equestrian Center

With three riding arenas, a jump field and a barn originally from Hancock Shaker Village (and moved to the property in the 1930s) hunter, jumper, dressage and eventing, the center has won recognition for its riding programs.

40 Perry's Peak Road,


(413) 698-3200

More Best of the Berkshires . . .

Best of the Berkshires: County

Best of the Berkshires: Food

Best of the Berkshires: Shopping

Best of the Berkshires: Travel/Auto

Best of the Berkshires: Pets

Best of the Berkshires: Professional Services


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