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Program Details


Activities Offered
  • Adventure Programs
  • Biking
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Sailing
  • Snow Skiing
  • Various Recreational Activities
Building Access
  • Meets ADA standards

Adaptive Equipment
  • Adaptive equipment available

  • Accessible by Public Transportation: No

  • Transportation Provided by the Program: No


The Carroll Center for the Blind, located in Newton, Massachusetts, is a private, non-profit agency which serves persons of all ages who are blind or visually impaired.

We invite you and your family to explore our program offerings at the next Information Day and to check out our Carroll Store on campus for useful adaptive devices that can help make independent living a little easier. Also visit for information on how to take on-line courses in new technology.

Activities typically include:

  • Cross-Country Skiing- weekend trips, sometimes day trips
  • Alpine Skiing - weekend trips
  • Canoeing/Kayaking - day and weekend trips
  • Hiking- day and weekend trips
  • Tandem Bicycling- monthly day trips
  • Sailing - instructional, recreational, competitive programs weekly

    Tandem Bicycling day trips are provided in the greater Boston area in the spring and fall seasons on a weekend. The program owns five multi-speed tandem bicycles, while some participants personally own a tandem. Instruction is provided to guides. Past cycling has included the Charles River path, Minute Man path, the Newton area and further weekend trips to Cape Cod area.

    Hiking can include local area Saturday hikes combined with a leader from Massachusetts Audubon Society, Appalachian Mt. Club or nearby nature clubs. Hiking can also include two day backpacking trips to the White Mts. of New Hampshire and weekend day hikes on the beaches of Cape Cod during spring and fall.

    Canoeing is provided every Wednesday evening during July and August on the Charles River from 6:30 PM until sundown. Two-day weekend canoe trips are available throughout NE for experienced canoeists. Occasional day trips can be planned for nearby rivers where canoe rentals are available.

    Cross-Country Skiing is usually provided on overnight two-day weekend trips in the White Mts. area of New Hampshire. Local Boston area skiing day trips can be made available if there is adequate snowfall. The program can provide all necessary ski equipment.

    Additional activities are often developed whenever there is an sufficiently expressed interest and available resources. In the past, activities have been provided in: Outward Bound a challenge program, camping, alpine skiing, nature walks, swimming, ice skating, rollerblading.