Free Patriots Training Camp 2016 at Gillette Stadium

NFL Training Camp Pats at Gillette StadiumIf you are looking for something fun to do, you may want to head to Gillette Stadium this summer for Patriots Training Camp.

Patriots Training Camp is FREE and open to the public on select days starting Thursday, July 28, 2016 through Sunday, July 31, 2016.

The schedule is tentative and scheduled to change. You can head here for daily updates and the current schedule or call 508-549-0001 for a training camp hotline.

There is also a Fan Zone for kids from 10am to 2pm that will tentatively run until mid-August.

If you do attend Patriots Training Camp, please keep in mind the NFL bag policy is in place. You cannot enter Gillette Stadium without a bag (wristlet) exceeding 8x5x2 unless it is a clear tote bag or a gallon Ziploc bag. For the NFL bag policy, please head here.

If you don’t have a clear bag for Gillette and need one, you can find clear tote bags on Amazon for $8 (affiliate link).

For more information about Patriots Training Camp, please head here.

Have you been to Patriots Training Camp before?

 

Is the Boston CityPASS Worth It?

Boston CityPASS Benefits

CityPASS is available in 11 U.S. Cities and includes admission to each city’s top attractions for up to half the cost it normally would. CityPASS is a great choice if you are visiting a city and visiting all the top attractions on vacation.

The Boston CityPASS includes four popular attractions and is $55 for adults 12+ and $42 for ages 3-11. CityPASS also includes the ability to skip most lines at an attraction which is a perk if you are limited on time at a popular location!

I have a post Is the Boston Go Card Worth It? that breaks down the attraction card to see if the card is worth it for your travels to Boston. Just like the Go Card, the CityPASS really depends on what type of traveler you are and what you plan to see and do in Boston (or another city if you are traveling elsewhere from Boston this summer!)

The Boston CityPASS is a little easier to break down since it only includes 4-5 attractions in the pass. The nice thing about the CityPASS is that you have 9 days to use it so you don’t have to rush around the city to see everything in a few days.

Below are the attractions included in the Boston CityPASS, the price of admission, and some tips for saving money on these attractions if you decide not to do the CityPASS.

1. New England Aquarium: $26.95 for adults 12+, $18.95 for children 3-11, and $24.95 for adults 60+. Members, New England Teachers, visitors in wheelchairs, and children under 3 are free.

DISCOUNTS: Boston Public Library Cardholders (any MA resident can become one!) can request a FREE New England Aquarium library pass for up to 4 people from September to June only. College students, MBTA (plastic) Charlie Card holders, and AAA members can save $2 on admission. Active duty military can get $10 off adult admission and $5 off children admission.

2. Museum of Science: $25 for adults 12+, $20 for children 3-11, and $21 for adults 60+. Members and children under 3 are free.

DISCOUNTS: Boston Public Library Cardholders can request a FREE MOS library pass for up to 4 people.

3. Skywalk Observatory: $18 for adults, $13 for children 3-12, and $15 for adults 62+. College students with ID are $14. Children under 3, Active military personnel and those with dependent cards, and MTA members with valid cards are free.

DISCOUNTS: $2 off admission with the Pruferred Shopper Card (you can get a free card at the Customer Service desk at the center of the Prudential Center–anyone can do this). Also, the Skywalk Observatory is under Top of the Hub restaurant, which has similar views. You may want to consider grabbing a drink at the bar or dining at the restaurant to get similar views. Keep in mind that there is a dress code and meals aren’t inexpensive so it may not work for you, but is another option for great city views.

4. Museum of Fine Arts: $25 for adults, $10* for youth 7-17, and $23 for adults 65+ and students 18+. Youth are free weekdays after 3pm, weekends, and Boston Public school holidays and children 6 and under and members are always free.

DISCOUNTS: The MFA is by suggested donation on Wednesdays after 4pm and there are a few free days each year. Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders receive free admission the first full weekend of every month. College students from particpating colleges are free. Mass EBT Cardholders can get $3 admission, MTA members get $2 discount and BPL cardholders can pay $10 when you request a library pass.

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Boston Harbor Cruises: $26.95 for adults, $22.95 for children 3-11, and $24.95 for seniors. Children under 3 are free.
*If space allows, CityPASS holders may choose to take a USS Constitution Cruise, Sunset Cruise or Charles River & Locks Cruise in lieu of the Historic Sightseeing Cruise. 

DISCOUNTS: Goldstar Boston will often have Boston Harbor cruises and other Boston cruises for a discount. Discount tickets through Goldstar Boston start at $14 for adults for the BHC Sunset Cruise but discounts are only available for certain nights through Goldstar but there are many different cruise options to choose from!

 

If you are planning to visit the New England Aquarium, MFA, Skywalk Observatory and MFA or a cruise and don’t plan on using any discounts, the CityPASS is a great deal. Even if you only make it to 3 attractions on the list, you would still be saving at least $13.

However, the CityPASS may not be a good deal if you weren’t planning to visit these attractions in the 9-day period or you can get better discounts.

The CityPASS isn’t a great option for Massachusetts locals, because we can reserve free passes (if availability allows) for both the Aquarium and Museum of Science which saves over $50 alone as well as qualify for other discounts with our MTA card or Charlie Card.

However, if you are visiting from out of state, aren’t a military family and don’t have many discount options, the CityPASS may work perfectly for you and your family if you plan to do a lot in your Boston vacation!

The CityPASS (and Go Boston Card too!) really depend on what you are looking to do on your Boston vacation.

I think the CityPASS is a great option for families who are looking to go to the Aquarium, Museum of Science and more and may want to spread out their Boston vacation. The Go Boston Card may be a better option for people who want to do it all in a very short time.

Both attraction cards really depend on what type of traveler you are, what you are planning to see, and how much time you have. I hope you find this post helpful (and the Go Boston Card post too) in deciding whether a card is worth it or not for your travel plans.

If you are visiting Boston soon, I hope you have a great Boston vacation!!

For more information or to purchase a Boston CityPASS, please head here.

*This post does contain affiliate links to help maintain this website. Please see my disclosure policy if you have any questions.

 

Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for July 23-24, 2016

Cheap Weekend Events in Boston

There’s so many fun and cheap things to do this weekend in the Greater Boston area! If you have Friday off and are looking for some fun and free things to do, please head here.

Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival: July 22-24, 2016 at Revere Beach. Check out this large sand sculpting competition at Revere Beach this weekend + fun activities for all! Free.

Caliente!: Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Boston’s City Hall Plaza at 5pm. Enjoy a free concert with salsa star David Pabon at City Hall Plaza.

African Festival of Boston: Sunday, July 24, 2016 at Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Enjoy a massive multi-cultural celebration with the best of African arts and culture.

Grand Opening of Comedy Night at Sweet Caroline’s: Sunday, July 24, 2016, doors open at 7pm. Enjoy a free comedy show every Sunday night at Sweet Caroline’s. No cover, but 21+.

Shakespeare on the Common: July 20-August 6, 2016 at Boston Common. Enjoy a free performance of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Parkman Bandstand on the Common. Free, performances are at 8pm Tuesday-Saturday and 7pm on Sunday.

Magic Family Film Festival: Saturday, July 23, 2016. Free outdoor movie screening of Tangled at the Prudential Center courtyard at dusk (rain date the following Tuesday if needed).

Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park Movie Series: Saturday, July 23, 2016. Free outdoor movie screening of Inside Out at Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park in Somerville at dusk.

Sunday Night Movie Night: Sunday, July 24, 2016. Free outdoor movie screening of Remember the Titans on the lawn at Christopher Columbus Park at dusk.

Republic Fitness Bootcamp on the Greenway: Saturday, July 23, 2016. Join Republic Fitness and Chiofaro on the Rose Kennedy Greenway for a Tabata bootcamp on Saturday morning at 10am. Please RSVP.

Chill out Saturday at Taza Chocolates: Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Taza Chocolates in Somerville. Enjoy a factory tour on Saturdays in July and enjoy some samples too!

South End Open Market: Every Sunday though October from 10-4pm at the Ink Block! Enjoy three amazing markets every Sunday at a new location, the Ink Block! Enjoy a farmers market, handcrafted goods, and delicious food trucks at the South End Open Market.

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Sunday Parkland Games: Sunday, July 24, 2016 at North Point Park in Cambridge from 3:30-6pm. Enjoy free games and activities almost every Sunday afternoon in the summer.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Free Friday Events in Boston for July 22, 2016

Fun Free Fridays and Boston Events 2014

There’s so many fun and free events happening every Friday this summer in Boston and across Massachusetts from free attractions, free outdoor movies in city, free live music and much more!

Here is a roundup of all the free events, activities, and more in Boston and Massachusetts for Friday, July 22, 2016:

Free Fun Friday Schedule

The Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays take place every Friday with free admission to great attractions in Massachusetts thanks to the Highland Street Foundation. Here’s where you can get in free this Friday:

Free Outdoor Movie Screening in Boston

Enjoy free Outdoor Movie Screenings of your favorite movies every Friday night at dusk in Boston. Here’s what and where you can watch outdoor movies in the city:

More Friday Events in Boston and Beyond

Looking for even more fun this Friday in Boston? Here’s some more free and fun events:

Please let me know if I missed any free and fun things happening this Friday in Boston. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow to find some more free fun happening this weekend in the city!

Hope you have a great day!

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BCAE and Whole Foods Team Up for Free Food Classes

BCAE

The Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) is teaming up with Whole Foods this summer for mini-classes celebrating good food. These pop-up classes are informal and free to attend.

Spotlight on Seaweed with Lisa Kelly
Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 from 6:00PM-8:00PM
Whole Foods Market Charlestown, 51 Austin Street, Charlestown, MA 02129

Food Photography with Brian Samuels
Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 from 6:00PM-8:00PM
Whole Foods Market Charlestown, 51 Austin Street, Charlestown, MA 02129

Uncommon Cheese and Condiment Pairings with Adam Centamore
Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 from 6:00PM-8:00PM
Whole Foods Market South End, 348 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118

This is a great opportunity to expand your food knowledge in a fun and free way this summer!

For more information about the BCAE head here or head here for more information about Whole Foods!

If you can’t make these free classes or you live close to these Whole Foods locations, make sure to check out your local store’s event calendar as there’s usually fun and free events at Whole Foods!

 

 

Shakespeare on the Common Returns to Boston Common Soon

Shakespeare on the Common BostonShakespeare on the Common returns to Boston Common this summer with Love’s Labour’s Lost performed by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.

Free performances of Love’s Labour’s Lost at the Parkman Bandstand at Boston Common are July 20, 2016 to August 7, 2016. Performances on Tuesday-Saturday begin at 8 PM and Sunday performances begin at 7 PM. There is one matinee on Saturday, August 6, at 3 PM.

All performances are free and open to the public, although their is an option to buy reserved chairs in the Friends section.

For more information about Shakespeare on the Common, please head here or here.

Will you be going to Shakespeare on the Common this year? Have you gone in the past?

 

Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for July 16-17, 2016!

Cheap Weekend Events in BostonHappy (almost) weekend! Here’s some fun and cheap things to do this weekend in the Greater Boston area. As always, please let me know in the comments below if I missed any fun and free events in Boston.

If you are looking for free things to do for this Friday, please head here.

Outside the Box Festival: July 13-17, 2016 at Boston Common. Enjoy this FREE Performing Arts Festival at Boston Common with local and national acts!

WGBH FunFest: Saturday, July 16, 2016 at the WGBH Studios in Brighton. Enjoy a fun afternoon with interactive games, kid activities, ice cream and more! Tickets are $10 but you can get discount tickets for $5 through Goldstar Boston. (There’s also a WGBH Craft Beef Fest if that’s more your thing & discount tickets start at $30)

Boston Urban Arts Festival: July 16, 2016 from 12-5pm at Martini Shell Memorial Park in Hyde Park. Enjoy live performances, arts & crafts, face painting, giveaways, and more with this free arts festival.

Magic Family Film Festival: Saturday, July 16, 2016. Free outdoor movie screening of The Good Dinosaur at the Prudential Center courtyard at dusk (rain date the following Tuesday if needed).

Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park Movie Series: Saturday, July 16, 2016. Free outdoor movie screening of Disney’s Cinderella at Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park in Somerville at dusk.

Sunday Night Movie Night: Sunday, July 17, 2016. Free outdoor movie screening of Monsters Inc. on the lawn at Christopher Columbus Park at dusk.

South End Open Market: Every Sunday though October from 10-4pm at the Ink Block! Enjoy three amazing markets every Sunday at a new location, the Ink Block! Enjoy a farmers market, handcrafted goods, and delicious food trucks at the South End Open Market.

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Sunday Parkland Games: Sunday, July 17, 2016 at North Point Park in Cambridge from 3:30-6pm. Enjoy free games and activities almost every Sunday afternoon in the summer.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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