The Ultimate Summer Activity Guide for Boston Families

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It must be summer in Boston! The city’s spray decks are hopping, neighborhood playgrounds are filled with the sounds of giggling toddlers and families are flocking to Boston’s beaches and parks to picnic and play. But we know these glorious summer days won’t be around forever. So if you want to make the most of Boston’s hot summer scene, we’ve got you. With everything from new museum and zoo exhibits to outdoor movies and concerts, families can play from sun-up to sun-down using this list of things to do in Boston with kids as a guide.

1. It’s opening day at the Frog Pond Spray Pool (June 28)! Bring the kids for a splash-tastic time before it turns into an ice skating rink. While you’re there, stop by every kids’ favorite sculpture before heading home.

2. Make your 4th of July plans soon; it’s just around the corner.

3. Test your echo skills at this nearby waterfall that’s just 30 minutes from the city.

4. Kick off the outdoor summer movie season when you bring blankets, a picnic and your favorite “smalls” to the see The Sandlot on July 17.

5. Go on a “giant” adventure with Jack.

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6. Plan a day trip that includes go karting, rock climbing, waterfalls and a new museum exhibit that celebrates the art of collage in some of your favorite children’s books.

7. Whether your kids are craving Asian street food or boba, Boston’s family-focused Asian American-owned businesses have got what you need.

8. Pitch your tent near a castle.

9. Plan a park and picnic playdate with some friends.

10. Gunstock Mountain Resort is a worthwhile summer destination. Families can enjoy zip lines, treetop tours and an off-roadeo ride.

11. Head to the Water’s Edge to celebrate Christmas in July.

12. Pick your fill of summer berries at a local farm.

13. Couple your outdoor summer concerts with bumper boats, mini golf and some of the creamiest ice cream around.

14. No need to bring a book, but you can still read outside with the kids at these parks.

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15. Who else loves hikes that end at a nature playground?

16. Sit down for a scoop of your favorite ice cream and listen to a show.

17. Seek out Solstice Stones high atop a hillside.

18. Fireworks are always a blast! Especially when they fall on a Wednesday night for no reason in particular.

19. Summer is the perfect time of year to visit this National Park to the north. It’s known for a partially submerged cave that booms before high tide.

20. We love free kids concerts! Especially ones that feature jugglers, animal shows and free books for kids.

21. Sleep in a historic stone manor when the grandparents or cousins come to visit.

22. Plan a nearby day trip where you can catch your own dinner on the critter cruise.

23. There’s still time to catch the Asian Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Zoo if you haven’t already. But if you miss it, Boston Lights returns to Franklin Park Zoo starting July 22.

24. We’re pretty sure summers were made for beach daycations.

25. Sure, it’s Boston’s most visited attraction, but a trip to the New England Aquarium is always a hit with the kids. This summer add a whale watch cruise to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to try something new.

26. A mountain town where fairytales come to life should be on your summer to-do list, for sure!

27. Arrrg, matey! Boston families have two chances this summer to play pirate and go in search of buried treasure.

28. Eat taco ice cream.

29. You’ll find splash pads, a wading pool and kid-friendly hiking trails at this state park that’s popular with families.

30. The Shining Sea Bikeway is just one of the reasons to visit this nearby national park in the summer.

31. Wild things of all ages need to check out a just-opened exhibit at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

32. Scoop up a cool treat at a local neighborhood ice cream shop.

33. Escape the crowds at a secret beach only locals know about.

34. Head to the Harvard Square Book Building for storytime on Tuesdays when the kids need a break from the heat.

35. Spend the day at this bewitching town that’s home to the Peabody Essex Museum and the House of the Seven Gables.

36. Find out why engineering is for everyone (and other fun science facts) at MOS this summer.

37. Dig for your dinner at the beach.

38. Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails with the kids!

39. Find a 370-pound praying mantis with your little bug lovers.

40. Play with your food.

41. Indoor playgrounds are a year-round treasure—stay cool when you duck into one on Boston’s hottest days.

42. Boston’s newest immersive experience is all about a young boy who changed the ancient world, and it opens July 8.

43. Attend a STEM Family Workshop on weekends in the summer at the Boston Children’s Museum.

44. Namaste! Mark your calendar for July 10th when you can practice downward dog and warrior pose in the park with the kids.

45. Volunteer to clean up a Boston park.

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46. Have you visited the new Gorilla Grove yet?

47. See what other Boston parents are doing this summer when you follow the area’s coolest Instagram influencers.

48. Dive into a rad staycation where you and the kids can swim in the backyard.

49. The Discovery Museum is turning 40 this year. Patio performances, STEM movie nights and special pricing are all part of the party.

50. Connect with other parents IRL and online to get support and find community.

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