Plenty of fun activities all weekend. Photo courtesy of Boston Harborfest
Plenty of fun activities all weekend. Photo courtesy of Boston Harborfest

Best Things To Do in Boston in July with Kids

July starts off with a bang with 4th of July festivities—but the fun keeps going all month long. Begin by celebrating Independence Day at Boston's annual Harborfest and wrap up the month with a trip to Newburyport for a week-long festival filled with live music, fireworks, and a parade.

And make sure to plan ahead and score tickets for a special Dad Day at Patriot Place, make reservations for some 17th-century mini-golf in Plymouth, and book a spot for the lantern light show at the Franklin Park Zoo—yes it's back! Read on for all of our top picks for July!

Along with all these great activities, you can also fill your summer days making a splash at a nearby beach or visiting a local lake or pond, loading up the car to catch a flick at a drive-in movie, or going for a spin on the rides at one of these great amusement parks. For a full list of ideas to pack this season with fun, check out our Summer Guide. And we are always adding events to our calendar, so check back often.


Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience
Franklin Park Zoo - 6:00 PM Pick
Enchanted Garden Adventure
Stevens-Coolidge Place - various times Pick
Scratch Junior Coding Camp for 4 to 7 Years
Young Gates-KIds Online Personalized Classes - 10:15 AM
Bubbles and Books at Hammond Castle Museum
Hammond Castle Museum - 10:00 AM
Hike & Seek: The Great Butterfly Chase
Stevens-Coolidge Place - 10:00 AM
Neighborhood Guides
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