Make more of Thanksgiving break: Library museum and park passes

Above: New England Aquarium, Boston Children’s Museum, Worcester Art Museum and the Discovery Museum are a handful of the many venues to which the library offers discounted or free admission. (photos clockwise posted to flickr by Abigail Batchelder, by Joao Melo, by Beth Melo, and from WAM website)

This week, Southborough public school students will enjoy a 4½ day break. Even those without school kids will generally get extra days off. That means, it’s a great time to plan some fun outings. So, I thought I’d remind you about the the Southborough Library’s museum and park passes. 

With the Library also taking a break, you can even take a pass with you for a long weekend.

Note: Be aware that the library will be closed Thanksgiving through the weekend and not reopen until Monday at 10:00 am. So reserve passes in advance and plan to pick them up by Wednesday evening.

Passes cover a variety of museums for all age groups. There are also passes for enjoying parks, gardens and wildlife. A few of the passes offer free admission, with the rest providing a substantial discount.

With 22 to choose from (and more seasonal ones at other times of the year), there’s something for everyone: 

  • Boston Children’s Museum (Boston, MA)
  • deCordova Museum & Sculpture Park (Lincoln, MA)
  • Discovery Museum and Discovery Woods (Acton, MA)
  • EcoTarium (Worcester, MA)
  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, MA)
  • Massachusetts State Parks Pass
  • Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA)
  • Museum of Science (Boston, MA)
  • Mystic Aquarium (Mystic, CT)
  • New England Aquarium (Boston, MA)
  • Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, MA)
  • Salem Witch Museum (Salem, MA)
  • Springfield Museum (Springfield, MA) – covers:
    • The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum
    • George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum
    • Springfield Science Museum
    • Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts
    • Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History
  • Tower Hill Botanic Garden (Boylston, MA)
  • USS Constitution Museum (Boston, MA)
  • Worcester Art Museum (Worcester Art Museum)
  • Zoo New England – covers:
    • Franklin Park Zoo (Boston, MA)
    • Stone Zoo (Stoneham, MA)

(Please note that some passes need to be returned by 10 am the next day the Library is open. For Thanksgiving weekend, that would mean you just need to drop it in the box before the Library opens on Monday morning.)

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.

*The pass program is courtesy of the Friends of the Southborough Library (which funded the majority of the passes), the Southborough Gardeners (providing the Tower Hill pass), and the few venues that donated passes (Mass State Parks, Mystic Aquarium, and Salem Witch Museum).

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