Great venues: Library passes to museums and parks; Free “August Adventures”

by beth on August 17, 2021

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Above: The Southborough Library offers passes to several venues for some great day trips this summer. (scroll down for photo credits)

I like to occasionally remind readers of all the great museum and park passes the Southborough Library offers*. A few offer free admission, with the rest providing a substantial discount.

As long as I’m at it, I’ll also share this summer’s free museum admission program from the Highland Street Foundation. Rather than their usual Free Friday program, this summer they organized free admission to one museum for each day in August. For what’s left on the schedule, scroll down for details.

As for the Library’s Passes, they cover a variety of museums for all age groups. There are also passes for enjoying parks, gardens and wildlife. With so many to choose from, there’s something for everyone.

For fun, I posted another photo gallery demonstrating the breadth of choices. (Click thumbnails for details and photo credits).

Boston Children's Museum (photo by Joao Melo) Boston Harbor Island Ferry view (from flickr by Patrick Sullivan) Davis Farmland (photos by Beth Melo) Discovery Museum (cropped from website)

Ecotarium, Worcester (photo from Flickr by Don Rogers) Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum (photo from museum website) Mass State Parks (photo of Hopkinton State Park by Beth Melo) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (photo from Flickr by Smart Destinations)

Museum of Russian Icons from Facebook Museum of Science, Boston (photo from Flickr by Devin Ford) New England Aquarium (Photo by Joao Melo) Peabody Essex Museum, Salem (photo posted to flickr by redjar)

Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, Boylston (photo from Flickr by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism) The Trustees of Reservations - Appleton Farms from Facebook TTOR - de Cordova TTOR - Fruitlands

 TTOR - Crate Estate on Castle Hill  Zoo New England (images cropped from zoos' Facebook pages)

Now here’s the list by name:

Please note that some passes need to be returned by 10am the next day the library is open. Since the Library is closed for the weekends in the summer, that means one taken out on Friday is due by 10:00 am on Monday. But, many are passes that don’t need to be returned and some are online codes which don’t even require in-person pickup.

You can find details and reserve passes through the library’s website pass manager. Or you can make reservations by calling 508-485-5031 during library hours.

As promised, here is more detail on the August Adventures. Some of the remaining dates in August are already listed as sold out. These are the dates listed as still available as of today:

August Adventures Highland St20-Aug – Wenham Museum 

21-Aug – Larz Anderson Auto Museum

22-Aug – Peabody Essex Museum

23-Aug – Mass Audubon’s Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary

25-Aug – Paragon Carousel

26-Aug – Fuller Craft Museum

27-Aug – Cape Cod Museum of Art

28-Aug – Out of the Park, Boston Red Sox & City of Boston (no registration required)

31-Aug – Norman Rockwell Museum

*Thanks to the Friends of the Southborough Library for funding the majority of the Library’s passes and the Southborough Gardeners for providing the Tower Hill pass.

**The Go Pass provides free/discount parking/access to TTOR properties at the equivalent to the property admission benefit of a Trustees Family level Membership (two adults and children under 18). (It does not apply to special events.) Note: Not every Trustees property charges an admission fee.

(Photos clockwise – Discovery Museum from, Davis Farmland by Beth Melo, Boston Children’s Museum by Joao Melo, view from the island ferry posted to Flickr by Patrick Sullivan, Franklin Park Zoo from Facebook, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum from; Tower Hill from flickr by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism, Ecotarium from flickr by Don Rogers)

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