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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.


Arnold Arboretum Walking ToursJamaica Plain, Free
Thu, April 1, 2021  -  Tue, November 30, 2021   
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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Swan Boat RidesBack Bay, $
Sat, May 8, 2021  -  Wed, September 15, 2021   
Enjoy a peaceful 15 minute paddleboat cruise around the Boston Garden lagoon. The only boats of their kind in the world, inspired by the opera Lohengrin.
Ferry Service to Spectacle IslandBoston, Free
Fri, May 21, 2021  -  Tue, October 12, 2021   
Looking to head out and explore the outdoors this weekend? You can take a ferry to Spectacle Island to pend some time on the beach, hike the North Drumlin, and enjoy panoramic views of Boston on your trip.
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Ferry Service to Boston Harbor IslandsBoston, $
Fri, May 21, 2021  -  Mon, September 6, 2021   
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, Free
Mon, May 24, 2021  -  Fri, September 24, 2021   
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.
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Wild Hideaways: Designed for Adventure at Tower HillBoylston, $$
Tue, June 1, 2021  -  Thu, September 30, 2021   
Visitors will be invited to explore a fantastical collection of interactive, outdoor hideaways inspired by art and nature, and custom designed by local landscape architects and artists.
Garden Buds at Tower Hill (Ages 4-5)Boylston
Thu, June 3, 2021  -  Thu, June 24, 2021   
Geared for preschoolers, this program practices classroom readiness skills such as taking turns, raising hands, sharing, and expressing ideas. Each week explores a different seasonally appropriate theme .
1/2 Price Friday Ferry Trips to Spectacle IslandBoston, $$
Fri, June 4, 2021  -  Fri, June 25, 2021   
Boston Harbor Now is thrilled to offer half price fares to Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park each Friday in June.
Gone Fishing with Bass Pro Shops and Cabela'sFoxboro, Free
Today  -  Sun, June 13, 2021   
Kids can experience the excitement of fishing at in-store catch-and-release ponds and earn an FLW (Fishing League Worldwide) “First Fish Certificate” to celebrate the achievement.
Open House at Boston Outdoor Preschool NetworkBoston, Free
Wed, June 16, 2021  -  Wed, June 16, 2021   
Boston Outdoor Preschool Network is an all-outdoor nature-based early childhood program. Come meet the teachers and see our classes in action! Masks are required. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
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Art, Nature, and Play Series: Mud Day at the EcotariumWorcester
Sat, June 26, 2021  -  Sat, June 26, 2021   
Get down and dirty with hands-on, mud-filled activities the whole family will enjoy!
Sunday Sunset Fire Pits at Powisset FarmDover, $$
Sun, July 11, 2021  -  Sun, July 11, 2021   
Your ticket is good for up to 6 people, gets you a personal fire pit, wood for burning and a s’mores making kit. Picnic tables are available.
Sunday Sunset Fire Pits at Powisset FarmDover, $$
Sun, July 25, 2021  -  Sun, July 25, 2021   
Your ticket, good for up to 6 people, gets you a personal fire pit, complete with a picnic table for seating, wood for burning and a s’mores making kit.
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New England Gem & Mineral Show 2022Topsfield, Free
Sat, April 30, 2022  -  Sun, May 1, 2022   
Children's activities include Spin-A-Gem, gold panning, mineral sifting and geode cracking. For adults Minerals, Fossils, Gem Stones, Jewelry, Beads, Lapidary & Jewelry supplies.
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Lilac Sunday at Arnold Arboretum 2022Jamaica Plain, Free
Sun, May 8, 2022  -  Sun, May 8, 2022   
This beloved Boston tradition celebrates the lilacs as well as many other special collections at their peak at this lovely time of year. Come celebrate spring at the Arnold Arboretum.
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