Summer Fun Guide: Medfield, Dover & Sherborn

14 outings near Medfield to add to your summer bucket list

Slide from WWI Memorial Park in North Attleboro; tubes from Westwood Tot Lot

Pick your own berries

  • PYO Strawberries in June at Tangerini’s in Millis, Sunshine in Sherborn, Belkin Family Lookout in Natick, Wards in Sharon, Tougas in Northboro, Hanson’s in Framingham
  • PYO Blueberries in July-August at Jane & Paul’s in Norfolk, Tangerini’s in Millis, Wards in Sharon, Patts in Holliston, Tougas in Northboro
  • PYO Raspberries in August-Sept at Tangerini’s in Millis, Sunshine in Sherborn, Tougas in Northboro
  • Find all the local PYO spots on our Farm Map (filter by type of fruit)
  • Always call ahead or check online as picking conditions and availability vary daily

Find a new playground

  • Local favorites for a quick outing:
    • Hinkley Park, Medfield [Approx 51 Green St]
    • Metacomet Park, Medfield [Approx 100 Pleasant St]
    • Caryl Park, Dover [Approx 105 Dedham St]
    • Sherborn Playground [Cemetary Lane]
  • It’s worth a drive to:
    • Norfolk Kids Place Tot Lot for a turf-covered fenced in tot lot
    • Payson Park, Foxboro for lots of slides and climbers for all ages
    • Hannah Williams Park, Wayland-Natick Line for a fenced-in playground, large sandbox, swings
    • WWI Memorial Park, North Attleboro for a multi-story slide, massive sandbox, big playground and free petting zoo
  • Find these and many more (with GPS addresses) on our Activities Map (filter by “Outdoor Playground“)

Cool down at a splash pad

  • You’ll have to drive a bit to find FREE Splash Pads in Medway, Braintree, West Roxbury, Chestnut Hill, Waltham, Belmont, and Marlborough.
  • There are splash pads with Day or Season Rates in Walpole, Bellingham, at the Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro, the Franklin or Foxboro YMCA, and Framingham’s Clearbrook YMCA.
  • Find all these and more (with GPS addresses) on our Summer Swimming Map

Swim in the ocean

  • Got toddlers? Some favorite low-surf beaches are Wingaersheek in Gloucester, Nantasket in Hull, Scusset in Sandwich, Mayflower Beach on the cape, and Second Beach in Middletown, RI
  • Got bigger kids? Horseneck Beach in Westport or Scarborough beach in Narragansett RI have strong surf for boogie boarding, as do some of the beaches on the ocean side of the cape like Nauset Beach.
  • Our favorite beaches (with GPS addresses) are on our Summer Swimming Map

Celebrate Independence Day

Parades in Natick and Walpole, fireworks in Sharon and Milford, festival in Needham… all the local July 4th festivities are on this list!

Enjoy a concert at the park

  • Sundays in Norwood
  • Mondays in Westwood (Children’s) and Natick
  • Tuesdays in Walpole, Holliston, Ashland, Needham (afternoon kids’ performer)
  • Wednesdays in Sherborn, Millis, Natick (Children’s), Wellesley
  • Thursdays in Medfield, Norfolk, Needham
  • See them all on our Jam-Packed Event Calendar
  • We mention the best upcoming Children’s Performers in our Weekly Newsletter

Stay up late for a movie at the park

  • Choate Park, Medway on Wednesdays
  • Patriot Place, Foxboro on select Wednesdays
  • Town Hall Green, Wellesley on Wednesdays in August
  • Stone Park, Ashland on Thursdays
  • Davis Museum, Wellesley on select Thursdays
  • Stone Park, Walpole on select Saturdays
  • Every movie, along with the title (when available) is on our Jam-Packed Event Calendar

Make an animal friend

  • Local zoos (See all on our Activities Map, filter by “Museums and Zoos“):
    • Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro (bring a suit for the splash pad!)
    • Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon (with kiddie rides)
    • Roger Williams Zoo in Providence (with big animals like giraffes and camels)
    • Franklin Park Zoo in Boston (Free Fun Friday August 3, 2018)
    • Buttonwood Park in New Bedford (Free Fun Friday August 24, 2018)
    • WWI Memorial Park in N. Attleboro (FREE petting zoo, massive slide, epic sandbox area, playgrounds)
  • Local farms with animals (See all on our Farms Map, filter by “Animals“):
    • Powisset Farm, Dover
    • Tangerini’s Farm, Millis
    • Jane & Paul’s Farm, Norfolk
    • Southridge Farm Nursery, Walpole
    • Wards Berry Farm, Sharon
    • Crescent Ridge Dairy, Sharon
    • Natick Community Organic Farm, Natick
    • Belkin Family Lookout Farm, Natick (Fee)
    • Hanson’s Farm, Framingham

Take a hike

  • Noon Hill in Medfield
  • Noanet Woodlands in Dover
  • Bird Park in Walpole
  • Broadmoor in Natick
  • Cranberry Bog in Foxboro
  • Moose Hill in Sharon
  • Stony Brook in Norfolk
  • All these and more are on our Activities Map (filter by “Hikes“)

Explore a new museum

  • Check for discounted passes at the library, or look into memberships that offer reciprocal free admisssion to many additional museums. Museum of Science has a great one!
  • Find all of these on our Activities Map (filter by “Museum or Zoo“):
    • Discovery Musuems in Acton are a blast for toddlers and pre-K (Free Fun Friday July 20, 2018)
    • Easton Children’s Museum is great with even young toddlers (Free Fun Friday June 29, 2018)
    • Boston Children’s Museum is excellent for a variety of ages (Free Fun Friday July 6, 2018)
    • Providence Children’s Museum has free parking and lots of hands-on fun
    • EcoTarium in Worcester is at its best in the summer, with indoor and outdoor exhibits (Free Fun Friday August 31, 2018)
    • Musuem of Science in Boston is best for kids in elementary school
    • New England Aquarium is a local destination for your water animal fix, or it’s worth the trip to the Mystic Aquarium in CT

Make a mess at someone else’s place

  • Drop-in Pottery Painting: The Pottery Place (Medfield), Plaster Fun Time (Dedham)
  • Drop-in Arts and Crafts of Many Types: Whimsy (Framingham), Kids Place for Fun (Needham)

Score a strike

  • Kid Bowl Free with 2 free games each day all summer long when you sign up at www.kidsbowlfree.com (Valid at Pinz Entertainment in Milford)
  • Our Activities Map also includes all the local bowling alleys, including Ryan Family in Millis, Splitsville in Foxboro, Norwood Sport Center, Kings in Dedham, Needham Bowlaway

Give mom and dad a moment of peace!

  • See our detailed list of Summer Drop-Off Programs (camps and the like), where we list age range, dates, and times. Some are very flexible, with options for 1 or 2 days each week

Carnivals, Touch-a-Truck, Festivals, Free Library Events

  • Community Kangaroo is a team of 10 parents in the Boston suburbs who bust our tails filling the calendar with hundreds of local family events each month.
  • Casey in Medfield writes this region’s free weekly newsletter, which is just as helpful as this list. Subscribe here, and have an awesome summer!