2018 Summer Fun Guide

14 outings near Attleboro and North Attleboro to add to your summer bucket list

Slide on right is from WWI Memorial Park in North Attleboro; playground and splash pad on left is at Silver Lake in Bellingham

1Pick your own berries

  • PYO Strawberries in June at Wards in Sharon, Tangerini’s in Millis, Goodwin Brothers in N. Smithfield, 4 Town Farm in Seekonk, C&C Reading Farm in West Bridgewater, Spring Rain Farm in Taunton, Langwater Farm in North Easton,
  • PYO Blueberries in July-August at Dufort Farms in Rehoboth, Big Apple in Wrentham, Gianetti’s in Franklin, Tangerini’s in Millis, Wards in Sharon, C&C Reading Farm in West Bridgewater, C.N. Smith Farm in East Bridgewater
  • PYO Raspberries in August-Sept at Big Apple in Wrentham, 4 Town Farm in Seekonk, C&C Reading Farm in West Bridgewater, C.N. Smith Farm in East Bridgewater, Wards in Sharon,
  • Find all the local PYO spots on our Farm Map (filter by type of fruit)
  • Always call ahead or check online as picking conditions and availability are variable

2Find a new playground

  • Local favorites for a quick outing:
    • WWI Memorial Park, N. Attleboro [Approx 408 Elmwood St]
    • Community Playground, N. Attleboro [Approx 45 South Washington St]
    • Ruth Rhind Recreation Area, N. Attleboro [Approx 187 Hunsbridge Rd]
    • Conley Park, Attleboro [Approx 21 Cumberland Ave]
    • Poncin-Hewitt, Attleboro [Approx 429 Oakhill Ave]
    • Briggs Playground, Attleboro [Approx 36 East St]
    • Capron Park, Attleboro [Approx 201 County St]
  • It’s worth a drive to:
    • Westwood Tot Lot for a shady fenced in wood-chip spot for toddlers
    • Payson Park, Foxboro for lots of slides and climbers for all ages
    • DelCarte Playground, Franklin for a newly installed (spring 2017) fenced in playground for all ages
    • WWII Memorial Park, Woonsocket RI for a free splash pad and fenced-in playground
    • Norfolk Kids Place Tot Lot for a turf-covered fenced in tot lot (best on cooler days as there is no shade)
    • Bird Park, Walpole for a playground in sand next to a large paved loop for stroller-walking or bike-riding
    • Kasper Playground, Bellingham for a massive multi-story playground next to a splash pad and beach (day rates apply)
    • Mansfield Memorial Park for a new large playground in 2017 (limited shade)
  • Find these and many more (with GPS addresses) on our Activities Map (filter by “Outdoor Playground“)

3Cool down at a splash pad

  • You’ll have to drive a bit to find FREE Splash Pads in Randolph, Lakeville, and Woonsocket RI. Even farther (but totally worth it) is Nelson Park in Plymouth, right on the beach (very limited parking)
  • There are splash pads with Day or Season Rates in the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, Briggs Playgound in Attleboro, Silver Lake in Bellingham, and at the Foxboro and Stoughton YMCA.
  • Find all these and more (with GPS addresses) on our Summer Swimming Map

4Swim in the ocean

  • Got toddlers? Some favorite low-surf beaches are Wingaersheek in Gloucester, Nantasket in Hull, Scusset in Sandwich, Mayflower Beach on the cape, and Second Beach in Middletown, RI
  • Got bigger kids? Horseneck Beach in Westport or Scarborough beach in Narragansett RI have strong surf for boogie boarding, as do some of the beaches on the ocean side of the cape like Nauset Beach.
  • Our favorite beaches (with GPS addresses) are on our Summer Swimming Map

5Celebrate Independence Day

Parade in Cumberland, fireworks in Attleboro,Foxboro, Franklin, Cumberland and Providence, carnival in Franklin… all the local July 4th festivities are on this list!

6Enjoy a concert at the park

  • Sundays in Wrentham
  • Tuesdays in North Attleboro
  • Wednesdays in Franklin, Plainville (kids’ performer), and Mansfield
  • Thursdays in Foxboro and Attleboro (confirm?)
  • See them all on our Jam-Packed Event Calendar
  • We mention the best upcoming Children’s Performers in our Weekly Newsletter

7Stay up late for a movie at the park

  • Patriot Place, Foxboro on select Wednesdays
  • South Common, Mansfield on select Wednesdays
  • Summer Scoops, Plainville on select Fridays
  • Norton Mini Golf nightly (excluding XFinity Center concert nights)
  • Every movie title is on our Jam-Packed Event Calendar

8Make an animal friend

  • Local zoos (See all on our Activities Map, filter by “Museums and Zoos“):
    • WWI Memorial Park in N. Attleboro (FREE petting zoo, massive slide, epic sandbox area, playgrounds)
    • Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro (bring a suit for the splash pad!)
    • Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon (with kiddie rides)
    • Roger Williams Zoo in Providence (with big animals like giraffes and camels)
    • Franklin Park Zoo in Boston (Free Fun Friday August 3, 2018)
    • Buttonwood Park in New Bedford (Free Fun Friday August 24, 2018)
  • Local farms with animals (See all on our Farms Map, filter by “Animals“):
    • Briggs Nursery, N. Attleboro
    • Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary, Norton
    • Wenger’s Farm, Bellingham
    • Fairmount Fruit Farm, Franklin
    • Adams Farm, Cumberland RI
    • Dufort Farms, Rehoboth

9Take a hike

  • Attleboro Springs behind La Salette in Attleboro
  • Harold Burns Arboretum in North Attleboro
  • Oak Knoll in Attleboro
  • Borderland State Park in Easton
  • NRT Sheep Pasture in North Easton
  • Monastery Park in Cumberland
  • Valley Halls Park in Cumberland
  • Diamond Hill Sate Park in Cumberland
  • Blue Hills in Milton
  • Bird Park in Walpole
  • Cranberry Bog in Foxboro
  • Gilbert State Park in Foxboro
  • Moose Hill in Sharon
  • Stony Brook in Norfolk
  • DelCarte in Franklin
  • Joe’s Rock in Wrentham
  • Purgatory Chasm in Sutton
  • King Philips Rock in Sharon
  • Seekonk Library Trails
  • Caratunk Refuge in Seekonk
  • All these and more are on our Activities Map (filter by “Hikes“)

10Explore a new museum

  • Check for discounted passes at the library, or look into memberships that offer reciprocal free admisssion to many additional museums. Museum of Science has a great one!
  • Find all of these on our Activities Map (filter by “Museum or Zoo“):
    • Discovery Musuems in Acton are a blast for toddlers and pre-K (Free Fun Friday July 20, 2018)
    • Easton Children’s Museum is great with even young toddlers (Free Fun Friday June 29, 2018)
    • Boston Children’s Museum is excellent for a variety of ages (Free Fun Friday July 6, 2018)
    • Providence Children’s Museum has free parking and lots of hands-on fun
    • EcoTarium in Worcester is at its best in the summer, with indoor and outdoor exhibits (Free Fun Friday August 31, 2018)
    • Musuem of Science in Boston is best for kids in elementary school
    • New England Aquarium is a local destination for your water animal fix, or it’s worth the trip to the Mystic Aquarium in CT

11Make a mess at someone else’s place

  • Drop-in Pottery Painting: The Painted Turtle Ceramics (Attleboro), Creative Community Center (Mansfield), Pea Poddery (Cumberland), Kidz Plaster Zone (Franklin)

12Score a strike

  • Kid Bowl Free with 2 free games each day all summer long when you sign up at www.kidsbowlfree.com (Valid at Pinz Entertainment in Milford)
  • Our Activities Map also includes all the local bowling alleys, including North Bowl Lanes in North Attleboro and Splitsville in Foxborough

13Give mom and dad a moment of peace!

  • See our detailed list of Summer Drop-Off Programs (camps and the like), where we list age range, dates, and times. Some are very flexible, with options for 1 or 2 days each week

14Carnivals, Touch-a-Truck, Festivals, Free Library Events

  • Community Kangaroo is a team of 12 parents in the Boston suburbs who bust our tails filling the calendar with hundreds of local family events each month.
  • Geena, a North Attleboro mom, writes this region’s free weekly newsletter, which is just as helpful as this list. Subscribe here, and have an awesome summer!