Highland Street Foundation Offering Free Summer Fun

Family fun can be expensive. So budget-minded families this summer may want to know about things they can do for free.

The Highland Street Foundation in Boston has announced its sixth annual “Free Fun Fridays,” offering free access to 66 museums and cultural institutions statewide throughout the summer, a program that since 2009 has drawn more than a half-million visitors to participating venues. The program starts June 27 and runs through Aug. 29, when between five and seven venues will be open free of charge every Friday.

 Some of them include Franklin Park Zoo, Tanglewood, Heritage Museum and Gardens, Amelia Park Children’s Museum, JFK Presidential Library and Museum, Peabody Essex Museum of Fine Arts, Battleship Cove, Boston’s Children’s Museum, Museum of Russian Icons, Hancock Shaker Village and Plimoth Plantation. For the complete list of museums and dates they host free Fridays, visit

The foundation provides grants to participating venues to cover the costs of opening their doors for free, which this year will amount to $650,000. Foundation officials said that the nonprofit organization, now in its 25th year, has donated more than $150 million to 950 groups in that time.  

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