Last Blasts! 35 Summer Activities to Do While You Still Can

With the first day of school on the horizon, it may feel like summer’s almost over. So make these last few weeks of summer bliss count. From last-minute summer road trips to new museum exhibit openings to can’t-miss summer classes and workshops, here are 35 ways you can still rock the summer.

1. Get your fairy wings ready! This garden event includes letter writing at the Enchanted Lilac Grove Post Office and making wands for your little fairies too.

2. Who doesn’t love an outdoor summer show? It’s especially true when puppets are involved.

3. Tigers, lions and zebras are just a few of the animals you see when you take the kids on a drive-thru Zoofari

4. Summer concerts aren’t the only draw at this farm. Bumper boats, mini golf and some of the creamiest ice cream around will help keep the kids happy when you visit.

5. Get outside and get reading with your little bookworms at a local park!

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6. Mark your calendars for the return of Boston GreenFest on August 20-22.

7. Ride the ferry to Spectacle Island for kite flying, swimming, and music on the porch.

8. Get a free book when you attend this beloved kids summer concert series.

9. You can’t call yourself a Red Sox fan until you do this with the kids.

10. Fireworks are always a blast! Especially when they fall on a Wednesday night, for no reason in particular.

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11. Splash at Frog Pond (or another local water hot spot) before it transforms into an ice skating rink. Then bring your little ducklings to see the other little ducklings before heading home.

12. Late summer is the perfect time of year to visit this National Park to the north. It’s known for a partially submerged cave that booms before high tide.

13. Sleep in a historic stone manor with your extended family or friends.

14. Plan a day trip to this nearby destination where you can catch dinner on the critter cruise.

15. Mark your calendars, because there’s a new exhibit coming to the Museum of Science on August 16. Speaking of the Museum, there’s still a few weeks left to catch the Science Behind Pixar exhibit before it closes on September 6.

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16. A mountain town where fairytales come to life should be on your summer to-do list, for sure!

17. Sure, it’s Boston’s most visited attraction, but a trip to the New England Aquarium is always a hit with the kids. This summer add a whale watch cruise to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to try something new.

18. You’ll find splash pads, a wading pool and kid-friendly hiking trails at this state park that’s popular for a reason.

19. The Shining Sea Bikeway is just one of the reasons to visit this nearby national park in the summer.

20. Bring your blankets and all of your Red Sox gear to the Boston Common. Out of the Park is back this summer!

21. Scoop up a cool treat at a local neighborhood ice cream shop.

22. Meet at the Rings Fountain on Tuesdays in August for a free preschool music program.

23. It may be summer, but that doesn’t mean your little athlete can’t practice hockey skills before the ice hockey season starts.

24. Escape from the crowds at this secret beach that’s north of the city.

25. Go on an August Adventure where you might score free tickets to the Children’s Museum at Holyoke (Aug. 16), the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (Aug. 19) or the Paragon Carousel (Aug. 25).

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26. Going on a T. Rex Adventure at the Stone Zoo is a must for any pint-sized dino lover.

27. The Harvard Square Book Building is where you’ll find this family-favorite storytime that returned this summer.

28. Spend the day at this bewitching town that’s home to the Peabody Essex Museum and the House of the Seven Gables.

29. Dig for clams at this Atlantic Ocean beach.

30. Make the most of the outdoor summer movie season. It’ll be over before you know it!

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31. Lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails with the kids!

32. Learn about Boston’s unique history and culture when you go on a scavenger hunt that covers six local hot spots.

33. Walk through glowing corridors of lotus and sunflowers, cranes and cherry blossoms and a towering 87-foot-long Tyrannosaurus Rex tunnel at a light display that’s back by popular demand.

34. We know your preschoolers will dig this workshop. Mark your calendars for August 26!

35. You know what they say… the family that gets fit together stays together.

—Allison Sutcliffe

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