Still Free for the Summer - Things to do for Free This Summer

Ideas for free summer fun along the North Shore with everything from art and wine to Slurpies and swimming with a few adventures in treasure hunting, ziplines and summer reading along the way.

Since summer is usually hot, it’s always nice to find something to cool down especially an ice cold drink. On Wednesday July 11, the 7-Eleven in Beverly will offer free Slurpies from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. to celebrate the company’s birthday. If you’re still thirsty, try visiting the Henry’s Wine Cellar on Saturdays from 2-5 p.m. for complementary wine tasting.

Summer can be a great time to enjoy the outdoors - splashing, walking, biking or even treasure hunting. For a whimsical and fun tour of the community by bike or car, check out from July 13-22. This unique arts festival includes outdoor art installations large and small. Free maps will be available around town including the Gallery Della-Piana on Main Street in Wenham. Also remember the gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. with a current exhibit entitled "From the Garden." Tours of the gallery are always free.

Many beaches in the area charge a parking fee, but opportunities to take a dip for free can be found in Wenham. Walk or bike to the or park at Gordon College to access Gull Pond beach. Both locations afford opportunities to enjoy hiking and biking as well.  

The North Shore, including Hamilton and Wenham, contain many hidden treasures, literally. Enthusiasts of letterboxing and geocaching, including the Hamilton-Wenham Recreation Department, have hidden treasures at , the , along and other locations for you to find. Clues and maps can be found online at Geocaching.com and letterboxing.org. If you’re up for an adventure this is the activity for you. 

Speaking of adventure, how about riding the zipline at the Sterling Center YMCA?  

Get the adrenaline pumping on Friday nights at 6 p.m. This activity is free for members or $7 for non-members.

If you’ll be venturing out of town, visit the on-line at for a large selection of free downloadable e-books and audio books for the jouney. If you’re headed to a foreign location, you can learn the local language by trying Rocket Languages through the library website as well.

Check back on July 30 for a list of museums and Boston attractions to visit for .  

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Stacey July 10, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I am going to get my free slurpies with the kids tomorrow!!
Michelle Bailey July 11, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Hope everyone is enjoying their FREE Slurpie today. Here's some other ideas for a free and fun summer.
Ron Powell July 11, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Thanks for putting together these lists, Michelle, and introducing me to the Highland Street Foundation.
Madelene Pario July 25, 2012 at 04:26 PM
This is a great list! I am so glad you mentioned letterboxing! I just recently started letterboxing myself, and wrote a blog post about my adventures around Danvers, and other places: http://connectshore.com/2012/07/25/letterboxing-on-the-north-shore-and-beyond/ Thanks!


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