Free Fun Fridays are coming back to Massachusetts with even more locations and attractions than last summer. Organized by the Highland Street Foundation, 66 art and culture institutions around the state will offer free admission on various Fridays from June to August. It's a wonderful way for active seniors to spend time with grandkids while they're on summer vacation, and many of the attractions are conveniently located near Massachusetts retirement communities.
This is the sixth year of the event and it keeps growing. The number of participating locations has increased by 10 or more every year. Some of the new venues for 2014 are Historic Deerfield, the Griffin Photography Museum and the Falmouth Museum on the Green. Executive director Blake Jordan told Boston Magazine that the summer-long event had 165,000 attendees in 2013, but this year's goal is 200,000 visitors.
Five of the locations require tickets in advance, so be sure to contact them if you plan to go. Those venues are the New Repertory Theatre, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, the Boston Harbor Alliance, the Freedom Trail Foundation, and the Reagle Music Theatre. It's also important to note that the Reagle Theatre doesn't admit kids under the age of 5. Keep in mind that you may still have to pay for parking at some of these sites.
Check out the full list of participating museums:
Franklin Park Zoo, Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Worcester Art Museum, Tanglewood, The Sports Museum, Mass MoCA, MIT Museum
Heritage Museums & Gardens, Edward Gorey House, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Amelia Park Children's Museum, Falmouth Museums on the Green
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, Peabody Essex Museum, Worcester Historical Museum, Fruitlands Museum, Cape Cod Children's Museum, New England Historical Genealogical Society, Pilgrim Hall Museum
Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), Ocean Explorium, The Eric Carle Museum, Larz Anderson Auto Museum, Springfield Museums, Mass Audubon's Boston Nature Center, Sandwich Glass Museum
The Freedom Trail Foundation, Battleship Cove, Children's Museum in Easton, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Danforth Art
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, American Textile History Museum, The Discovery Museums, Hancock Shaker Village, Concord Museum, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
Boston Harbor Islands National Park, Clark Art Institute, Wenham Museum, USS Constitution Museum, Children's Museum at Holyoke, Volleyball Hall of Fame, Fuller Craft Museum
The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, Plimoth Plantation, Garden in the Woods, Museum of Russian Icons, Fitchburg Art Museum, Historic Deerfield, Reagle Music Theatre
Boston Children's Museum, Museum of African American History, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Old Manse, Trustees of Reservations, Berkshire Museum, Emily Dickinson Museum
Buttonwood Park Zoo, EcoTarium, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Norman Rockwell Museum, The Mount: Edith Wharton's Home, Griffin Photography Museum