Summer is a GREAT time of the year. Weather is warm, people are more relaxed, it stays light out longer. BUT, It’s EXPENSIVE. Kids are on school vacation, go to camp, there’s family vacation, going out to eat, etc.
SO, here are five of my favorite FREE things to do this summer:
- Rose Kennedy Greenway – it’s a beautiful stretch of “green” that runs from the Tip O’Neill Tunnel up to the TD Garden. Along the way, you’ll find plenty of green grass to relax on, a great water fountain that kids can run through and then a beautiful carousel, as you get closer to the North End.
- Long Wharf Harborwalk – This brick expanse is on the north side of the inlet between the New England Aquarium and the Marriott Long Wharf. There are benches, steps and plenty of places to just sit and watch the boats go buy, read a newspaper, check your phone or just watch the planes coming into Logan Airport.
- Bourne and Sagamore Bridges – Cape Cod is expensive enough in the summer time. On both sides of the Cape Cod Canal, there are bike paths and picnic tables. It’s easier to find parking before you go over the bridges onto the Cape side. Pack a lunch, bring your bike or a beach chair, soak up some sun or watch the beautiful boats go up and down the canal.
- Manchester-by-the-Sea – Masconomo Park is a small park right on Manchester Harbor, about a half mile from Singing Beach. I took my kids there all the time when they were little. The park has a great play structure for little and big kids, a gazebo, a baseball diamond and plenty of benches right on the water. You can fish, eat lunch, take pictures, etc. Right across the street is a fabulous ice cream place, Captain Dusty’s. There is a small parking lot which is “resident only If you don’t mind walking a half mile, you can walk up to the gorgeous Singing Beach, which is free to get in.
- Middlesex Fells – We called this “The Sheepfold”. It’s a big tract of open land in the middle of the woods. So, you can hike or ride your bike in the woods or take a walk. In the big, park-like open expanse, you can walk your dog, play frisbee, have a picnic or fly a kite. There are two parking lots, but parking can get tight.