There is so much to see and do on the South Shore (and beyond) this summer. Keeping a summer “bucket list” to fill your days will help make the most of your all too short summer vacation. When the inevitable “What are we going to do today?” question comes up, you’ll have a great list of answers ready to go!
Here’s what you’ll find on our Summer Bucket List:
Pick-your-own Fruit – What’s better than fresh from the farm? We had such a great time at Treeberry Farm last summer, it’s at the top of our Summer Bucket List again this year! Find a list of local farms here.
Hit the beach. We have our favorites, but are making an effort to see more of the beautiful beaches the South Shore (and beyond) has to offer this season.
Castle Island – Take a walk or bike ride around Castle Island’s paths, bring your suit for a dip in the water, spend some time at the playground, then stop at Sullivan’s for a snack or some ice cream!
Boston Duck Tours – Tours leave from three locations; The Museum of Science, Prudential Center, and the New England Aquarium. Early Bird Savings: Purchase a 9am tour over the phone and save $3 per ticket.
See Butterflies – Walk among the butterflies at The Butterfly Place in Westford. Like them on Facebook to get a $1 discount coupon.
Miniature Golf – Find a list of Massachusetts mini golf courses here.
Letterboxing – What is letterboxing? Here’s the deal; someone hides a box somewhere (usually a remote location) containing a log book and a rubber stamp, then writes directions/clues to the box for others to find. Hunters follow the clues, carrying with them their own personal logbook and stamp. Once the box is found, the hunter stamps the hidden book with is stamp, and his personal book with the hidden stamp. This way the box’s logbook has a record of all who found it, and the hunter keeps a record of all the boxes he/she has found. Find our more about letterboxing in Massachusetts here.
Swan Boats – Take a relaxing 15 minute ride around the Public Garden Lagoon. Swan boats are open 7 days a week, weather permitting.
Boston Harbor Islands – Visit Georges Island, Spectacle Island, Bumpkin Island, Lovells Island and more. The Boston Harbor Alliance offers family events all summer long on different islands, including Nature Walks, Plays in the Park, Island Yoga and more. See the entire event list here.
Home Depot FREE Kids Workshops. Workshops are held the first Saturday of each month, and feature a different wooden project each time. Participants receive a certificate of achievement, an apron, and a pin.
Free Kids Clinics at Lowes, on select weekends each month. Kids build their own wooden project, and take home a free apron, goggles, and a project patch.
Mendon Drive-In – It’s a pretty long drive, but completely worth it. Movies are offered on two screens nightly, two films per screen. The first movie starts at dusk. Cost is $25 per car, no credit or debit cards accepted.
Puppet Show – See the Toe Jam Puppet Band at different venues throughout the summer. Check their performance schedule here.
Kids Music – Catch a musical performance by the fantastic Mama Steph, see her summer schedule here.
Patriots Training Camp – Open to the public on select dates in late July/early August. Kids can see their favorite players practice, then play in the Patriots Fan Zone, featuring inflatable obstacle courses, skills tests and more.
Go See a Game – Root for one of our fabulous local teams, no matter your budget, there’s a ticket price for you; Boston Red Sox, Brockton Rox, Cape Cod Baseball League, New England Revolution, Pawtucket Red Sox. Check out Futures at Fenway on July 27th for a more economical way to see a game at Fenway.
FREE Outdoor Movies - Grab some chairs or a blanket, a few snacks, and head out for one of these free outdoor movies.
- Free Outdoor Movies on Thursday nights at the Hingham Shipyard
- Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell
- Free Movie & Concert Series, Thursday nights in Weymouth
- Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival on Saturdays at the Prudential Center South Garden
- Movies by Moonlight on Fridays at the Boston Harbor Hotel
Museums – Visit one of our many local museums, many offer days/times with free or reduced admission (noted below):
- Boston Children’s Museum – Admission is $1 every Friday from 5-9pm.
- Children’s Museum Easton – Check your local library for passes.
- Discovery Museums (Acton) – Free admission every Friday night from 4:30-8:30pm, June 21st through the end of August. Find other ways to save here.
- Harvard Museum of Natural History – Free to Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning (year-round) from 9:00 am to noon and on Wednesdays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm (September through May) excluding commercial groups. Proof of residency required.
- Heritage Museums & Gardens (Sandwich) – Check your local library for passes
- Museum of Science – Buy a Museum Membership and save
- Museum of Fine Arts – Wednesday nights after 4 pm, admission is by voluntary contribution (suggested donation $25).
- Our World Children’s Global Discovery Museum (Cohasset) – Learning center for children ages 1-6.
- Providence Children’s Museum – Visit for free on on select Fridays from 5-8pm with MetLife Family Fridays. See museum calendar.
- USS Constitution – Take a free, guided tour of the ship. Tours start at 10am and continue every half hour. Last tour starts at 5:30pm.
Free Museum Admission – Get in for FREE at local museums and venues with Free Fun Fridays from the Highland Street Foundation:
- July 5th – Peabody Essex Museum, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Children’s Museum at Holyoke, Volleyball Hall of Fame
- July 12th – Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Larz Anderson Auto Museum, Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Pilgrim Hall Museum
- July 19th – JFK Library & Museum, Buttonwood Park Zoo, Hancock Shaker Village, Danforth Museum of Art
- July 26th – Commonwealth Shakespeare Company The Two Men of Verona, Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common, 8:00 pm, Children’s Museum in Easton, Higgins Armory Museum, American Textile History Museum
- August 2nd – Boston Children’s Museum, Franklin Park Zoo, Fuller Craft Museum, Wenham Museum
- August 9th – The Sports Museum, Battleship Cove, Ocean Explorium, The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History
- August 16th – Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Edward Gorey House, Concord Museum, Springfield Museums
- August 23rd - Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Museum of African American History, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Fitchburg Art Museum, Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Fruitlands Museum
- August 30th – Plimoth Plantation, The Discovery Museums, EcoTarium, Norman Rockwell Museum