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2018 Boston Summer Bucket List

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Summer is here!

Gone are the days of snow boots and winter coats. Now is the time to slow down a bit, bask in the sunshine, and enjoy the many things Boston’s summer has to offer!

What is on your “must do” list this summer? Look below to get some great ideas for warm weather fun!

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    Fun at home!

    • Grab a white sheet and a projector, and have a family movie night in the yard!
    • Paint some kindness rocks and spread happiness around your neighborhood!
    • Download an astronomy app and map out some constellations.
    • Make play dough!
    • Collect some rocks and shells and create a cement handprint mosaic!
    • Plant a garden together.
    • Make homemade bubble wands and bubble soap and have a big bubble contest!
    • Make sidewalk paint and decorate your walkway or driveway!
    • Splash in a kiddie pool! Run through the sprinkler!
    • Jump rope with your kids! (It counts as both fun and a workout!)
    • Experiment with some new fruit and water flavors.
    • Make homemade ice cream!
    • Create a game of lawn tic-tac-toe!
    • Set up your tent in the backyard and go camping!
    • Get messy! Play in the mud, then rinse off with the hose.
    • Buy a bunch of glow sticks and have a dance party in the backyard!
    • Organize a block party! Get to know your neighbors, and share some great food!
    • Lay in the grass and find shapes in the clouds.
    • Have a yard sale! Clean out your home, and let someone else enjoy your treasures! Have a lemonade stand too!
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    Out and about!

    • Ride your bike on the Cape Cod Canal! Or get on the road and ride the Norwottuck Rail Trail in western Mass!
    • Head to Cambridge and visit Curious George!
    • Go on a Duck Tour! Visit the Make Way for Ducklings statues, and make it a day full of quacks!
    • Go bowling! Rock those sassy shoes!
    • Learn some history and get some steps in while walking the Freedom Trail!
    • Swing on the swings at the Lawn On D.
    • Have a sandcastle-making contest with your family at the beach!
    • Go on a playground discovery adventure, and find some great new places to play!
    • Have a blast at a splash pad.
    • Visit Island Grove and swim in the man-made, sand-bottom swimming pool!
    • Find where you live in the Mapparium!
    • Learn about Native American culture at the Wigwam Festival.
    • Take a spin on the merry-go-round at Canobie Lake Park!
    • Soft serve and mini golf — it’s the perfect date, with or without the kids!
    • Go to the Boston Children’s Museum, and enjoy lunch at the Hood milk bottle while you’re there! Be sure to make a stop at the Fire Museum — it’s just around the corner.
    • Pose with some celebrities at the Dreamland Wax Museum!
    • Take a trolley tour of the city!
    • Enjoy the fireworks and the Boston Pops on the Esplanade on the Fourth of July!
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    Get Out in Nature!

    • Go for a hike at Borderland State Park!
    • Collect leaves and pinecones and make a nature mosaic!
    • Make a birdhouse for your neighborhood birdies!
    • Visit the animals at Drumlin Farm!
    • Enjoy the amazing views at Purgatory Chasm (and the playground too!).
    • Visit Garden in the Woods!
    • See how many waterfalls you can find on one road trip!
    • Go for a birdwatching walk! How many different kinds of birds can you identify?
    • Bask in the beauty of flowers! Head to the Buttonwood Farm Sunflowers for Wishes Festival (and enjoy some sunflower ice cream or a ride on the cow train while you are there!). Keep the flower fun going with a visit to the Lavender Festival!
    • Explore one of the many beautiful beaches Massachusetts has to offer! Keep some sand or shells from each outing in a vase to commemorate all of your beach trips!
    • Visit the Trailside Museum!
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    Get On the Road!

    • Visit Dr. Seuss at the Springfield Museums!
    • Enjoy a concert at Tanglewood!
    • Capture some thrills at Six Flags New England.
    • Make the trip to York’s Wild Kingdom in Maine! It has an amusement park too!
    • Go on a whale watch!
    • Visit the Whydah Pirate Museum! Argh, matey!
    • Find all the painted lobsters in Plymouth!
    • Visit the White Mountains! There is so much to do — Story Land, Santa’s Village, Clark’s Trading Post. Take a trip on an alpine coaster at the Mountain Adventure Park at Cranmore Mountain while you are there!
    • Tour the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory! Grab a new fuzzy friend while you are there.
    • Did you know you can visit the Pez Factory?! Head on down to Connecticut to check it out!
    • Go to a Paw Sox game!
    • Take a white water rafting adventure on the Deerfield River! Or take the whole family river tubing at the Farmington River!
    • Visit the animals at the Friendly Farm in NH.
    • See how many different kinds of butterflies you can find at the Butterfly Place! Or make a day trip to the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory in Deerfield!
    • Visit the Yankee Candle Company in Deerfield! There is so much more to see than just candles!
    • Go to a drive-in movie! See a double feature at the Mendon-Twin Drive-In. And say hello to the animals at Southwick’s Zoo while you are in the area!
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    Get Active!

    • Go out dancing — from salsa to swing, and everything in between. Try out an adult dance class!
    • Go rollerskating!
    • Give rock climbing a try!
    • Take a walk around Castle Island, and watch the kites fly.
    • Take a ride on a Pedal Pub! (It counts as fun and exercise!)
    • Participate in an Inflatable Race!
    • Goat Yoga! Need I say more?
    • Ride a pedal car along the RI train tracks!
    • Test your balance paddleboarding!
    • Go horseback riding.
    • See how coordinated you are at the Hub Parkour Training Center!
    • Go climb a tree at Treetop Adventures! Zipline!
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    Food and Drink!

    • Dine outside at Cheers, Boston!
    • Have a hotdog at Fenway!
    • Grill with your neighbors! Burgers and dogs taste even better when they are shared with friends.
    • Try out a new sangria recipe!
    • Go on a vineyard or brewery tour!
    • Check out your local farm stand, and eat local!
    • Catch the ice cream truck!
    • Enjoy some fried clams on the beach.
    • Grab a gallon bucket of Richie’s Slush to make the fun last all summer long!
    • Try out a new ice cream place!
    • Take a dinner cruise around Boston Harbor!
    • Enjoy the breathtaking views while you have dinner at the Top of the Hub!
    • Finish off the summer at the Endless Summer Party at Nantasket Beach! Ride the carousel, eat some fantastic BBQ off the Smokey Stax BBQ truck, and enjoy the beach!

Wherever you go, and whatever you do, Boston Moms Blog wishes you a fun-filled, relaxing, and safe summer!

Do you have any great ideas for summer activities? Let us know in the comments! We are always looking for fun new things to do!

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