Summer in Boston is here, and it’s time for fun! There are so many amazing opportunities to enjoy this summer, right in your backyard or a few hours away. Greater Boston and New England have TONS of options for summer fun. Whether you want to explore the outdoors, take a day trip with your family, or enjoy fun times at home, we’ve got you covered!
How to use this guide:
First, check out some of our can’t-miss sponsors and visit them for tons of summer fun. Then, plan your summer!
Each image leads to either a full guide and list of local spots you’ll want to hit, or to an article with details on a summer outing or activity for you or your kids. Click on each image to find more info. Happy summer!
Boston Children's Museum
Every day this summer will offer opportunities to discover, explore, and try new things at Boston Children’s Museum. From everyday amazing exhibits and programs to special events like outdoor clinics run by L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools, Superhero Weekend (June 16–17), Wizarding Weekend (July 28–29), and lots of science, making, music, and performing arts, the summer will be filled with age-appropriate summer fun. To plan your visit and learn about current programs visit BostonChildrensMuseum.org.
The Children's Museum in Easton
Nestled in historic North Easton village and housed in the town’s old fire station, the Children’s Museum in Easton is a lively, creative, hands-on learning destination for families in southeastern Massachusetts. With three floors of interactive exhibits, children are given the opportunity to play, discover, and learn. Head into the MakerSpace, where the “can-do” attitude reigns supreme! Kids are encouraged to brainstorm and build creations of their own designs. Outside in the Wild Place, a certified Nature Explore classroom, they connect with the natural world as they uncover the various play opportunities hidden throughout the yard!
Pinewood Lodge Campground
Pinewood Lodge Campground in Plymouth, MA, has been family owned and operated since 1952. With over 300 beautifully shaded campsites as well as rental cabins and yurts, Pinewood Lodge Campground has camping accommodations to fit almost any family’s needs! Along with meticulously maintained grounds and a gorgeous field stone fireplace at every campsite, Pinewood offers a beautiful lakefront perfect for swimming, fishing, and boating, as well as playgrounds, a recreational lodge with a snack bar, lounge, arcade games, a fully stocked camp store, and planned weekend activities to keep your family busy. Experience the joys of family camping at Pinewood Lodge Campground, “nestled in the pines by the lake.”
Nature's Art Village
Experience an outdoor adventure of prehistoric proportions. Encounter over 40 life-sized dinosaurs on 1.5 miles of pristine nature trails. Make a SPLASH in New England’s largest splashpad (a zero-depth water playground). Navigate through a”MAZE”asaurus and slide through the mouth of a T. Rex or explore the giant, one-of-a-kind T. Rex tower playscape. Finally, spend some time digging for fossils, gems, and gold in Discovery Depot. A day of adventure awaits you at the Dinosaur Place.
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There are wonderful shows for all ages in every community.
Grab the kids and hit the beach!
How lucky are we that we don’t have to travel far for a beach day?
You don’t have to be a grandparent to enjoy these fun activities. From ice cream to painting pottery, there are so many ways to spend a few hours.
Grab your bathing suit and towel, and go enjoy one of the many splash pads and parks in the area!
There will be days you want to stay home and relax. Have fun on the cheap, and get creative!
Be safe and have fun at one of the many parks in the Boston area.
One of the best parts about summer is getting in some quality family time! There is so much to keep you busy all together!
Keep everyone happy, busy, and entertained!
Time to figure out how to not be bored again.
It’s time to get outside.
“Music is the last true voice of the human spirit. It can go beyond language, beyond age, and beyond color straight to the mind and heart of all people.”
Family time is about more than gathering around the table.
What traditions are part of your family culture?
“So if you’re one of few moms dreaming of fall, when each day has a laid-out plan, remember that it’s only a few short months to drop the to-do list and embrace the chaos.”
Get outside and have fun this summer – FOR FREE!
We are so lucky to live close to a little bit of everything. Get out and explore local or a little bit further away with a great day trip for the whole family!
Trust us, it’s worth it.
We have camps for every age, from day camps to overnight camp. Check it out and make some great summer plans!
Whether it’s your first flight with your kids or they’re seasoned travelers, make sure you don’t drive your fellow passengers crazy.
Enjoy visiting as many states as you can!
Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park are a great getaway. If you are looking to stay close to New England for your next road trip, this amazing spot is easily accessible from the Boston area.
A night or a week stay in a hotel room seems really daunting, but with some thought and planning, it’s very easy and fun!
Family-friendly travel for everyone.
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Have you considered joining a CSA?
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