Great venues: Library passes to museums and parks (Updated-again)

The Library offers discount/free admission to many indoor and outdoor venues with attractions for every age and a wide range of interests

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.

Passes 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) Basketball Hall of Fame from flickr by Amy Meredith Boston Harbor Island Ferry view (from flickr by Patrick Sullivan) Danforth Art Museum from Facebook Davis Farmland (photos by Beth Melo) Discovery Museum (cropped from website) Ecotarium, Worcester (photo from Flickr by Don Rogers) Institute of Contemporary Art from Facebook Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum (photo from museum website) MA State Parks - includes Hopkinton State Park (photo by Joao Melo) Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (photo from Flickr by Smart Destinations) Museum of Science, Boston (photo from Flickr by Devin Ford) New England Aquarium (Photo by Joao Melo) Salem Witch Museum, Salem (photo from Flickr by Smart Destinations) Tower Hill Botanic Gardens, Boylston (photo from Flickr by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism) TTOR - Crane Estate on Castle Hill TTOR - de Cordova TTOR - Fruitlands USS Constitution Museum, Boston (photo from Facebook) 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 would mean one taken out on Friday is due by 10:00 am on Monday.)

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.

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

(Photos clockwise from, from flickr by Abigail Batchelder, by Joao Melo, from flickr by Don Rogers, from Franklin Park Zoo Facebook, from; center from flickr by Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism)

Updated (7/13/22 9:04 am): Technical issues with the photos were fixed. (Plus, I updated the Danforth image.)

Updated (7/14/22 2:58 pm): I removed Worcester Art Museum which is no longer available.

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