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Free things to do this summer

There are plenty of beaches you can drive to and pay a pretty penny just to park (hello, Crane), and there are water parks all over the area where a family of four will drop $100 or more just to get in (hi there, Canobie), and don’t even get us started on a quaint day at the ballpark (we’re looking at you, Fenway). At the other end of the cost spectrum are those events, ideas, and places where your wallet is not needed, where the cost of participating is a big fat zero, free, nada, zilch, nothing whatsoever. Here’s a short list to get you started:

One of the great Boston summertime traditions is the Free Friday Flicks, at the Hatch Shell just across Storrow Drive from Beacon Hill. Bring a blanket, a picnic, a lawn chair if you wish, and settle in. Movies start around sundown, but it gets crowded early, usually filling up starting around 6 p.m.

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