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Nature and Outdoor Events for Kids and Families Near Boston

Introducing children to the wonders of nature at an early age can do wonders for the imagination, and help to raise a caring environmentally aware human. Find all sorts of nature-themed events near Boston for kids and treat them to a wonderful world of learning.

Free Entrance Days in the National ParksOther Boston Area, Free
Mon, January 16, 2023  -  Mon, January 1, 2024   
Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2023, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.
Arnold Arboretum Docent-led Walking ToursJamaica Plain, Free
Sat, April 15, 2023  -  Tue, November 28, 2023   
Enjoy free Arboretum tours. Tours start at the Hunnewell Building, 125 Arborway, Boston. Times vary. Families can also take the self-guided tour with a plant treasure map.
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Saturday Family Time - A Day at the FarmWaltham, $
Sat, April 15, 2023  -  Sat, July 8, 2023   
On select Saturdays this spring and summer come help our Farm Educator take care of our farm by planting crops for the coming season, weeding, harvesting, and learning about the animals!
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Ferry Service to Boston Harbor IslandsBoston, $
Sat, May 20, 2023  -  Tue, September 5, 2023   
Cool down at the Boston Harbor Islands! Enjoy the exhilarating ferry ride and then swim, kayak, hike and picnic on the islands. Spectacle Island is an easy ferry ride from Long Wharf in downtown Boston.
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Community Boating Kayak, Stand-Up Paddleboard RentalsBoston, $$
Wed, May 24, 2023  -  Sun, September 24, 2023   
Community Boating also offers a variety watercraft rentals from kayaks to paddleboards to enjoy a view the great city of Boston from an angle rarely seen.
Thursday Summer Evenings at the Garden at NEBGBoylston, $
Thu, June 15, 2023  -  Thu, August 31, 2023   
Experience live music by talented local musicians, a beer garden, lawn games, light bites, and more as you explore the Garden after-hours with friends and family.
Sally's Night CelebrationFramingham, Free
Fri, June 16, 2023  -  Fri, June 16, 2023   
2023 marks the 40th anniversary of Sally Ride’s historic STS-7 mission and becoming the first American woman in space. To honor her, we are partnering with the National Air and Spce Museum.
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South End Garden TourBoston, $$
Sat, June 17, 2023  -  Sat, June 17, 2023   
This year's South End Garden Tour will feature a mix of public and private spaces including private back yards, front gardens, roof deck gardens, community gardens, and neighborhood 'pocket parks.'
Father's Day/Pride Sail aboard Denis SullivanBoston, $$
Sun, June 18, 2023  -  Sun, June 18, 2023   
Celebrate Dad and Pride in style this Father's Day with a sail aboard the Schooner Denis Sullivan! Join World Ocean School for a two-hour sail aboard our beloved tall ship.
Pollinator Festival at Cider Hill FarmAmesbury, Free
Mon, June 19, 2023  -  Sun, June 25, 2023   
Help bring awareness to creatures essential to our food supply with fun and engaging activities on the farm. A week long BUZZZ-WORTHY celebration of all things bees, butterflies, birds, bats and ladybugs!
Summer Solstice Swim & S'moresWestwood, $
Wed, June 21, 2023  -  Wed, June 21, 2023   
Celebrate the start of summer! Open swim will be followed by a campfire and s'mores on the beach. Tours of our Family and Community Program sites will be available for sign-up at the event.
Sunset Picnics on the WaterfrontBoston, Free
Fri, September 8, 2023  -  Fri, September 8, 2023   
Come join us on Friday nights as we enjoy a picnic in an open space at Piers Park. We will have some treats available on a first come first serve basis.
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