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Free Fun Fridays - August 9 Activities

by Yvette Cain

Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park

“Made up of 34 islands and peninsulas, Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is an urban oasis just minutes from Boston’s city center. Hop aboard a park ferry and discover islands rich with opportunities for outdoor recreation, relaxation and learning. 

Explore historic Fort Warren on Georges Island or walk Spectacle island’s sandy beaches and winding trails.  Catch the ferry to either island right from downtown Boston’s Long Wharf North… for free!

Tickets are first-come, first-served.  Limit four tickets per adult.  No advance reservations.  Tickets become available starting at 8am the day of the event at the Boston Harbor Cruises Ferry Center at Long Wharf North.  Arrive early, as this event will sell out fast!” See schedule online.”

Davis Museum at Wellesley College

“Explore the Davis, participate in hands-on art making for all ages inspired by the Davis’s permanent collections, multisensory art kits to check out for free, self guided gallery activities, a treasure hunt, storytelling, and Student Guide-led spotlight talks throughout the day. Take advantage of the warm weather, and pack a picnic to enjoy outdoors in Davis Plaza before or after your visit!”

Gore Place

“The mission of Gore Place is to preserve and promote the 1806 country estate of Christopher and Rebecca Gore as a unique community resource that tells the story of early 19th century American life.”

On August 9th:  Family activities, lawn games, historical games, self-guided tours of the entertainment suite of the 1806 Gore Mansion (by free ticket distributed at the welcome table near the parking area)”

Hancock Shaker Village

“Hancock Shaker Village brings the Shaker story to life and preserves it for future generations.

Go back in time, forward in thought. Living history museum in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts.”

JFK Hyannis Museum

“Visit the John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum on Cape Cod, where we animate Kennedy the man and illuminate Kennedy the statesman. Museum offerings are designed to inspire active and informed civic engagement. Today’s Museum experience features fresh interactive exhibitions, innovative special programming, opportunities for community involvement, and contemporary educational curricula.”


Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists

The Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists (NCAAA) is dedicated to the celebration, exhibition, collection and criticism of black visual arts heritage worldwide. The Museum presents a wide range of historical and contemporary exhibitions in many media, including painting, sculpture, graphics, photography and decorative arts.”

New Bedford Whaling Museum

“The mission of the Old Dartmouth Historical Society is to educate and interest all the public the historic interaction worldwide of humans with whales; in history of Old Dartmouth and adjacent communities; and in regional maritime activity.”

Old Colony History Museum

“The mission of the Old Colony History Museum is twofold:

First, to collect, preserve and exhibit the history of the region of southeastern Massachusetts once known as the Old Colony. Second, through a vigorous program of outreach and education, we aspire to interpret the area’s history in ways that are accessible, inclusive and meaningful to local residents and visitors.

The building which now houses the Old Colony History Museum was once the home of a school called the Bristol Academy. “

The Greenway Carousel

“Welcome to the Greenway Carousel, a one-of-a-kind carousel located at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove! Take a spin on an animal native to Boston: lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, butterfly, skunk, oarfish, whale, rabbit, owl, and harbor seal. The Carousel was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities.” 

Worcester Historical Museum

“Worcester Historical Museum (WHM) is the only institution devoted to local history. It includes a research library of over 7,000 titles, an archive that houses thousands of documents, and a collection of artifacts, all vital to the study of Worcester history. A few examples of WHM’s holdings include correspondence of abolitionist Abby Kelley Foster, Blackstone Canal Company records, Civil War era diaries and letters, and artifacts including early woodenware and ceramics, weaponry from the colonial era through World War II, paintings and sculptures, and a significant costume and textile collection.

WHM also owns and operates Salisbury Mansion, Worcester’s only historic house museum. Built in 1772, it has been restored to its 1830s appearance. Thanks to the voluminous family papers, preserved at the American Antiquarian Society, it is one of the best documented historic houses in New England.”

Please visit websites for details of each institution’s plans for Free Fun Friday.  Several have very special activities planned, especially with children in mind.  Additionally, you may remember from past weeks that admission is included in Free Fun Fridays, but not transportation or parking (unless offered on the website for this occasion). 

If you’re enjoying a weekly Friday trip, we’re now on Week #7!   Only 3 weeks to go.  (That also means that school begins within the next 3 weeks!! Yikes!)   Enjoy!