Lake Gardner is best when it's not beach / swim season as you can enjoy the natural beauty, and hike the paths to Battis Farm.
In the summer months its a good spot to bring small children, early in the season while the water quality is still good. Towards August it sometimes is closed due to poor water quality. The rusty tinged water is actually ok. Looks worse than it is.
Most week days, Lake Gardner is a low key place filled with little kids playing and moms chatting. Middle school kids may enjoy this, but beyond that its too dull!
The town learn to swim program runs here. Kayaks and canoes can be seen.
Beware the weekend, when an influx of people from other towns crowd in, and the whole character changes! I made the mistake of bringing my kids there one suddenly hot weekend day and couldn't get out fast enough due to the loud, obnoxious crowd.
Fall is gorgeous here. Paths leading from the right side of the beach go to Amesbury conservation land.
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