2015 Summer Bucket List: 75 Ideas to Keep You Busy All Summer Long!


Do you have a Summer Bucket List?  If you’re stumped for ideas on what to do, we’ve pulled together a list of 75 things to do on the South Shore (and a bit beyond) that will keep your family busy all summer long.  Whether you’re looking to spend time outdoors or in, if you want to be active or use your imagination, we’ve got an idea for you.  We’ve included links whenever possible to help you plan, as well as lots of FREE activities to save your wallet.   Check it out, and happy summer everyone! 

  1. Visit the Zoo!  here are plenty of local zoos to choose from.  Check out Roger Williams Park Zoo, Franklin Park Zoo, Capron Park Zoo, Stone Zoo, and Buttonwood Park Zoo.
  2. Watch a Movie Under the Stars!  Grab you blanket and chairs and head out to one of these Free Outdoor Movie events.
  3. Friday morning story time at Paragon Carousel. Hear your favorite characters read on Friday mornings at 10:30am.
  4. Get tickets to a Cape Cod Baseball League game
  5. Visit Edaville Railroad and the brand new Thomas Land (opening date August 15th)
  6. See a movie at the Mendon Drive-In.  Make a night of it and see a double feature!  $25 per car.
  7. Cool off in a local Splash Pad
  8. Try the waterslides at Water Wizz
  9. Go indoor rock climbing at Rock Spot Climbing
  10. Stop by open play hours at Kid Zone in Norwell
  11. Visit Heritage Museum & Gardens in Sandwich, check out their new Adventure Park!
  12. Take a drive to the Cape Cod Inflatable Park
  13. Watch the Live Fish Feeding at Bass Pro Shops in Foxboro
  14. Hike in the Blue Hills
  15. Go for a scenic walk at World’s End in Hingham
  16. Stop by one of these Free Summer Music Series events
  17. Pick-your-own blueberries
  18. Go on a Whale Watch
  19. Catch a Pawtucket Red Sox game
  20. Play in the sand at a local beach
  21. See the Brockton Rox play at Campanelli Stadium
  22. Sail the high seas on a Pirate Cruise
  23. Listen to the songs of  Mama Steph
  24. Catch a performance from Big Ryan’s Tall Tales
  25. Go fishing
  26. Play a game of Mini Golf with the family
  27. Hit a few buckets at a driving range near you
  28. Go on a Boston Duck Tour
  29. Thrill seekers?  Check out Codzilla in Boston Harbor
  30. Take the ferry out to the Harbor Islands (Georges, Spectacle, Grape, Thompson)
  31. Explore Castle Island, and grab a bite at Sullivan’s
  32. Let the kids jump at Sky Zone or Launch
  33. Go to The Hall at Patriot Place (museum)
  34. Explore the Cranberry Bog Trail behind Bass Pro Shops in Foxboro
  35. Take the family out when Kids Eat Free
  36. Take in some history at Battleship Cove
  37. Swim at Houghton’s Pond at Blue Hills
  38. See your favorite players practice at Patriot’s Pre-Season Camp
  39. See a performance by the Toe Jam Puppet Band
  40. Let kids build at the Free Kids Workshops at Home Depot & Lowes
  41. Stop by the Lego Club at In Sync Center for the Arts
  42. Catch Paragon Carousel’s Summer Song Series on select Friday nights
  43. Visit 5 Wits in Foxboro for a spy adventure, or try 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea!
  44. Go Bowling
  45. Try Letterboxing
  46. Visit the South Shore Natural Science Center
  47. Visit the Legoland Discovery Center in Somerville
  48. Play at the South Shore Children’s Museum at the Hanover Mall
  49. Try laser tag, go carts, mini golf and more at Starland Sports & Fun Park in Hanover
  50. Visit The Butterfly Place.  Visit between 1-3pm and pay only $7 per person.
  51. Head to the Marshfield Fair or Brockton Fair
  52. Stop by the Herring Run Historical Park in Pembroke
  53. Explore the trails at the Mass Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary
  54. Take a road trip to the Mystic Aquarium
  55. Get creative at The Make Shop
  56. Buy some fresh produce at a local Farmer’s Market
  57. Have Tea with a friend at the Windsor Tea Shop
  58. Enjoy an Evening Under the Stars Concert
  59. See a show at the South Shore Music Circus
  60. Visit Hidden Pond at Derby Street Shoppes in Hingham
  61. Explore at the Boston Museum of Science
  62. Go to the Boston Children’s Museum ($1 admission Friday nights)
  63. Soak up the past at the Harvard Museum of Natural History
  64. Get adventurous at Randolph Paint Ball
  65. Play some pinball at Pop Bumpers in Weymouth
  66. Hot day?  Head to the movies!
  67. Get our your aggressions at Laser Tag
  68. Let the little ones play at the Children’s Museum Easton
  69. Head down to Plimouth Plantation
  70. Explore the USS Constitution
  71. Try your hand at Geocaching!
  72. Enjoy story time at Barnes & Noble (Hingham and Braintree)
  73. Do some crafts at the American Girl Store in Natick
  74. Go to King Richard’s Fair
  75. Get FREE admission to local attractions with Free Fun Fridays!



1 Comment on 2015 Summer Bucket List: 75 Ideas to Keep You Busy All Summer Long!

  1. Thanks so much for posting such fun activities! I really love your site and constantly stop here to plan my weekend around fun things that are happening in the south shore. Thank you 🙂

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