Admissions to zoos, museums and other attractions can add up quickly on a family vacation. Top that off with parking, snacks and souvenirs and, well, it can be an expensive outing for a family of four.
Thanks to the generosity of the nonprofit Highland Street Foundation this summer, Massachusetts tourists and locals alike can get a break from some of those fees, with Free Fun Fridays at locations all over the state.
From July 1 through August 26, popular places such as the Boston Children’s Museum, Museum of Science, Old Sturbridge Village and the New Bedford Whaling Museum are open to the public for free on certain Fridays. Each Friday features four different museums, attractions or events, so there are plenty of options to choose from.
The first Friday, July 1, has the Museum of Fine Arts, Buttonwood Zoo, Edward Gorey House and the Heritage Museum & Gardens opening their doors. Thankfully, there’s no registration or tickets to deal with, although some events, such as theatre performances, are first come, first served.
Visit the Highland Street Foundation website for a schedule, print it out and stick it on the fridge as a reminder. For locals, this is a chance to visit, or revisit, some places you might not have been to in ages. For tourists, it’s a boon to your wallets. Use your money on something else, like a nice dinner out!