Free Family Activities Around Boston

A family biking on a dirt trail in the woods.

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With so many sights and sounds around the city of Boston, there’s no shortage of things to do around this historic city at any given moment. With spring right around the corner and warmer weather in the near future, Forest Properties is excited to present a list of family activities in and around the Boston area. The best part? They’re free of charge!

Bike Around Boston

From training wheels to two-wheels, here are a few biking spots where you don’t need to worry too much about traffic, rough terrain, and other distractions:

The Esplanade is a 3 mile long park near The Parkside that stretches along the Back Bay area of Boston along the Charles River from Boston University to the Museum of Science. Take a break from pedaling around the park’s trail and watch sailboats along the river and baby ducklings waddling around.

Known as America’s Revolutionary Rail Trail, the Minuteman Bikeway is a paved, 11 mile biking trail. At 12 feet wide, it runs through the towns of Cambridge, Arlington, Lexington, and Bedford.

The Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University is a 5-mile bike loop features family restrooms, lush picnic spots, and a Visitor’s Center. In fact, be sure to stop by the Visitor Center to pick up a free Discovery Pack that features a list of family activities!

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Spend a Day in the Park

There’s nothing better than an afternoon spent outdoors with fresh air, and Boston has a bunch of parks, gardens, and walking trails that make for perfect options. Pack a picnic lunch and grab a Frisbee before heading to one of our favorite parks:


Story time with children and parents in a colorful room at the Boston Public Library.

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Host Your Own Story Time

Once upon a time, we discovered a variety of spots throughout Boston to host your very own family story time. The Boston Public Library hosts free story times, puppet shows, and book clubs. Choose a few favorite fairy tales, find a quiet corner, and read the afternoon away. Every Boston Public Library branch has a special area just for kids, too. Another option is to take your story time outside at the Boston Public Garden to read on bench facing the pond. 

Explore Local Museums

The Boston-metro area has the reputation of housing museums for the entire family to explore. From American History to Natural History, here are a few free options:

Splash Around Boston

With warm weather quickly approaching, why not splash around and cool off in a spray deck or wading pool in Boston? The Veterans Memorial Swimming and Wading Pool on Magazine Beach in Cambridge is a cool spot to enjoy in late June through late August. The Frog Pond Spray Pool in Beacon Hill is another local favorite open daily at 11am. Refuel at the Frog Pond Cafe with cool refreshments and light snacks.

Silver tin cups filled with colorful markers and colored pencils.

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Get Crafty

A little glue, glitter, and great artistic creations never hurt anyone! Encourage creativity through arts and crafts with your family at the Lakeshore Learning Store in Newton every Saturday from 11am to 3pm. Another set of activities is hosted by ParkARTS, which hosts free events in the Boston’s city parks including:

  • Landscape watercolor painting
  • Wildlife photography
  • Art and craft sessions

The events are free, and donations are always welcome to continue supporting the maintenance of parks!

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Enjoying a Day at Home

Sometimes there’s nothing like spending a day at home with your family. Rather than hitting the town for a day of family fun, enjoy your Forest Properties apartment in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Buildings feature beautiful amenities, including swimming pools, picnic areas, fire pits, and balconies.

What are you and your family’s go-to activities in and around Boston? Share your spots with us on Facebook!

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