Jun 302016
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3 Free Ways to Make the Most of Boston This Summer

I love living in the Boston area, but especially in the summer time. With its rich history, bustling neighborhoods, and beautiful coastal landscapes, it’s a perfect place for the whole family.

I recently discovered a website called, MapAround, which is a search engine for finding local events in the Boston area. This was perfect for us, as it even has a “Kids & Family” category. Once we started searching, we had no idea how many events were happening around us every single night. From concerts to comedy shows, movie nights to boat cruises, farmers’ markets and festivals, I couldn’t believe how many awesome things are happening in Boston every single day.


Here’s a few events that I liked best:

Free Friday Flicks

Free Friday Flicks is one of Boston’s favorite summertime traditions! Every Friday night around sundown, families and friends gather at DCR’s Hatch Shell along the Charles River to watch a movie. All you need are your own chairs, a cozy blanket and of course, some snacks. There are even fun games and prizes for the kids. This was a perfect way to end a long week.

ReadBoston StoryMobile

Want to engage your children’s minds without all that screen time? No worries. The ReadBoston StoryMobile visits twelve Boston Public Library locations once a week for six weeks. During each event, kids will enjoy fun storytelling and free books! It’s a great way to encourage reading and make the library a fun place to visit.

Free Wine Tasting

Have a sitter and want to take a night off from the kids? I get it. For those of you who’d rather be enjoying a refreshing happy hour, Boston has an answer. The North End hosts a free wine tasting at the Wine Bottega every second Friday of the month between 5pm and 8pm. It’s an amazing way to unwind with your spouse or friends.

So if you’re looking to get out of the house this summer and try something new, don’t forget to check out MapAround, the largest search engine for local events and deals in the area.

**Note: This wonderful information was provided by my friends at MapAround.

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  99 Responses to “3 Free Ways to Make the Most of Boston This Summer”

  1. I can’t wait to go there. I’m going to be there next week! yahoo!! I know it will be so much fun!

  2. Such a valuable and helpful service!! Saves a lot of time searching around for fun things to do 🙂

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  3. This is fantastic. We have been wanting to go to Boston. Free wine? Sign me up! Thanks for sharing!

  4. We visit often since I have a ton of friends in Boston. This is so helpful!

  5. This is a city I truly want to go, but in the fall. I want to do all the history tours!

  6. Wow this app looks awesome! I wish that they had something like that where I live. There is a lot that goes on here too, but most of it I don’t see because there is really no organized website like this.

  7. I’ve never traveled to the east coast, but would love to someday. I love little free and hidden gems in the city!

    • I have traveled the east coast but I have somehow missed out on Boston. I really want to go someday.

  8. That app sounds amazing! I don’t have it but thanks for sharing the events you found. Will try to hit some of them if I happen to be there someday.

  9. What awesome ideas! I love the Free Friday Flicks! That is pretty awesome and would be such a fun thing to do plan to do every week! The story mobile sounds pretty awesome too, something my kids would for sure love to do!

  10. Boston is such a gorgeous city. Everyone knows about its culture and sports, but I never hear people talk about parks and other summer things. Thanks for sharing this!

  11. Thanks for these tips! Boston is pretty high on my travel bucket list right now so I’ll have to keep this in mind!

  12. I have wanted to go to Boston for such a long time. These are some really great activities. I will have to keep the wine tasting in mind if I get up there.

  13. I’m going to pin this. One of my husband’s goals is to have us all go to Boston one day. He loves it there.

  14. The StoryMobile sounds like a lot of fun for kids. We always loved summer reading programs and story time.

  15. I absolutely love Boston. I like the Free Wine Tasting one hahaa

  16. I love Boston! I have only been there once, but I loved it! The food was amazing, I could eat lobster every day. I am a huge history buff, so you can imagine my sense of wonder!

  17. Free is nice!! I’ve been to Boston in the deep deep cold…it would be nice to visit in the summer months.

  18. A free wine tasting sounds great. It would be nice to get away from the kiddos for a little while and enjoy some adult time with a little wine.

  19. Such fun summer activities for the whole family. My kids would love the Friday flicks. Sign me up for the wine tasting.

  20. Wait, did you say free wine tasting? NO way!!! That is so super-cool. We used to visit Boston every Summer… I will have to make a trip back

  21. Sounds like great options for those who live there! We have some similar activities in and around Kansas City, too!

  22. I could surely use a free wine tasting! Boston here I come! Sounds like a fun event.

  23. What a gorgeous night scene, I didn’t realize how big Boston was. I’d love to travel there sometime and I want to see everything I can free.

  24. I would love to see an outdoor flick! How about combining it with the wine tasting?

  25. What some awesome sounding things to do – I would love to visit more of the US, Boston included 🙂

  26. These are so perfect for any day and for staycation fun! Love the wine tasting idea.

  27. My best friend just relocated there after living in Bejing for 15 years. They are so excited and I am so excited she is finally in the states again!

  28. There is so much to do in Boston. I’d love to see the free movies. That would be a fun thing to do with the kids. The wine tasting also sounds like a lovely activity with the husband!

  29. These are great ways to have fun for free in Boston. I love these ideas, so creative!

  30. What a great way to spend some quality fun time in Boston without spending cash!

  31. This is great! I recently was at The Charles Playhouse for Blue Man Group. Would love to take the kids to Boston for a day and do some free stuff!

  32. You had me a free wine tasting! LOL Boston is a great city to travel too. We did a Mid-Atlantic History tour last summer. Next time around, we’re heading into New England area.

  33. Wow! A free wine tasting! That would be an awesome adults-only evening for me. And, I agree that Boston has a lot of fun activities for the whole family.

  34. Visiting Boston sounds fabulous and full of rich history and culture. I will never turn down a good wine tasting!

  35. I would love to visit you in Boston. That landscape photo is just magical, epic photo robin.
    I usually use TripAdvisor for events & “best to see” but clicked through to MapAround and it’s pretty awesome. The kids and family section is a brilliant addition.
    Hahaha great on you for promoting cozy flicks & public library reading at the same time 🙂

  36. What a great app. Boston is such a big city, there’s so much to do on summer it’s nice to have a simple tool to help you find fun activities.

  37. Being from New England myself, I am not all that fond of driving into Boston. But when I do have to go – like last weekend when we sent to see BlueMan Group – it was well worth the trip. Plenty of great things to do in and around the city.

  38. Such valuable information. Maybe one day I can visit Boston.

  39. I’ve always wanted to visit Boston. Here in Chicago we have something similar to Free Friday Flicks, where they project movies on a huge screen in Grant Park every week. It’s one of my favorite things to do in the summertime.

  40. Who could turn down such cool free things like these? I like how there are things on this list for everyone in the family.

  41. I have only been to Boston a few time but had a blast! I haven’t been to a winery in ages.

  42. What a delightful way to enjoy Boston! I love experiencing free and fun. They have free outdoor movies night at one of the Reno parks during the summer, too. Like yours, it is a BYOC or blanket.

  43. It sounds like Boston is the perfect place for raising the kids and there’s a little something for adults as well. I’ve been hearing a lot of great things about Boston and I’m sure it’s just as awesome as you describe it!

  44. I have always wanted to take a trip up to Boston. It’s about a 4-5 hour trip from me, not too far!

  45. I have never been to Boston but I definitely would love to make it there. Thanks for the great tips!

  46. I’m going to check out MapAround for my area. What fun things you found!

  47. If I was in Boston this summer I’d be all about the wine tasting. MapAround really seems to have great finds for enjoying the city with your family, or without.

  48. I love it when our city hosts free movie night downtown. It’s a great way to get out of the house and have a fun time with the whole family.

  49. Wine tasting?! Count me in! Sounds amazing – Boston really is gorgeous and there’s so many fun things to do!

  50. I’ve never been to Boston but boy do you make it look exciting! I love seeing new places!

  51. i have always wanted to visit boston. it looks great and i always hear so many awesome things

  52. Boston is a really nice place. I want to be there this summer, it’s one of the nicest place I’ve ever seen.

  53. My town does the free movie night too. What a great way to enjoy a movie.

  54. Great ideas to remember. I have always wanted to visit Boston.

  55. Great list of things to do! Boston is such a pretty city, I would love to get there this summer!

  56. That night shot of the city is gorgeous! I’d love to visit boston this summer.

  57. Boston seems like such an awesome place to visit! I’d love to go there some time and now I have some events to check out when I do go.

  58. Boston is one of my most favorite cities! That book mobile sounds awesome. My kids would love that!

  59. I love Boston. This city is so wonderful, there are many fun things you can do in Boston.

  60. I always want to see Boston. My friend lives there and she told me so much beautiful things about the place.

  61. I’ve only read about and seen Boston in movies. I would love to go there in the future.

  62. I liked the maparound site! Just wish there was one for this little town I am in, in Andalusia

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  63. I’ve only been to Boston once, in my early 20’s. I didn’t grow up in a city and was really overwhelmed by the traffic at the time. I would love to go back now that that kind of thing doesn’t bother me. All of your ideas sound great and it looks beautiful.

  64. What a cool resource, I’ll definitely be checking that out. Those are perfect summertime activities that you found for free!

  65. I just went to Boston for a week and LOVED it!! The weather was perfect and the city is so charming!!

  66. I saw “Free Wine Tasting” and my eyes lit up! I am hoping to visit Boston sometime this year – I went there once and it is such a beautiful city!

  67. Boston is, hands down, my favorite east coast town. (Also my favorite east coast band, but that’s a different comment 😉 ) MapAround looks like a great app!

  68. Can’t wait to explore Boston myself! It’s in the pipeline, hopefully soon. Will check that app 🙂

  69. What an awesome way to discover what Boston has to offer! I hope they expand to other cities soon!

  70. Free is my favorite! That’s awesome that it helps you get out and explore!

  71. Hey neighbor! We love Boston! But I had no idea about the free movies! We are in the area a lot on Fridays, so I will definitely take your advice, thank you!

  72. I’ve never been as far north as Boston, but these sound awesome! My son would would love movie nights and I would love the wine tasting, lol. We also love going to the library, so the Storymobile sounds cool.

  73. These are great ideas. I would really enjoy doing the wine tasting. Never have been to one before.

  74. I would love it if Boston was on our summer travel plans. Beach destinations was the family request this year.

  75. That story mobile is kind of great. That’s definitely something I’d want to have the kids do in the summer.

  76. MapAround sounds like a great site to check out for sure in your area for events. A site like this would come in handy if you were traveling too so you could plan ahead. Thanks for sharing the site.

  77. It’s always a good thing to have something else to do when you go visit a new place. Free winetasting among others is definitely a must.

  78. Boston is a city that is on my list of places to visit (can’t believe I haven’t gone yet). I’m very interested in that free wine tasting!

  79. I have never been to Boston and I want to so badly! It seems like a lovely place in the summer.

  80. I am liking the idea of free wine tasting hehehe 🙂

  81. Well free wine tasting sounds like the bomb, I have never been to Boston but my friend said its amazing especially in the summer xx

  82. Huge YES to the free wine tasting!! I would love to visit Boston again one day!!

  83. I’ve never gone sightseeing in Boston but I would love to do so. It’s good to know that there are some fun and free ways to have fun there with the family.

  84. Looks a beautiful city and its on my bucket list. Especially the wine tasting

  85. I visited Boston a few years ago and I think it might be time to plan a trip again. Looks like there are so many great things to do!

  86. The MapAround site looks real helpful. WOuld love to tour Boston, too. Perhaps in the near future.

  87. What a great website you have discovered! WIll totally love a movie night out with the kids along the river!

  88. Boston looks like an amazing city to visit. This makes me want to check around our city and see what I can find to do for free.

  89. I would love to visit Boston one day. It is one my wish list for travel

  90. Wine tastings are the best!!!! I live near a bunch of wineries so it’s always nice to sneak away to one.

  91. I enjoyed reading this post it makes me feel like I’m in Boston.

  92. This is really cool, I need to see if we have one for my area. This is a great way to find local events.

  93. I would love to come visit Boston for a week or so one summer! Its gorgeous and there is so much to do.

  94. Boston is a great place to visit. It is a great mix of historic attractions and modern wonders. It was nice to see your list of ways to make the trip better.

  95. free wome tasting sounds really good! wid love to try everything om the list