Whether you are visiting New England for the first time or you live here, everyone loves to save money.
At Boston.com Travel, we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up the following lodging, attraction, and dining deals happening in the month of August. Check back, because we’ll be adding to the list. Do you know of a great deal? Tweet us at @BosTravelNews. We just may add yours!
$1 admission to Boston Children’s Museum
An excellent way to save money at the Boston Children’s Museum this month is by planning your trip on a Friday night between 5 and 9 p.m. That’s because it only costs $1 for museum admission on what the museum calls Target Fridays (that’s a $13 savings per ticket!). If you can’t make it on a Friday but still want to save money, head to the museum an hour before close (4 p.m. or later on Saturday through Thursday, the days the museum closes at 5 p.m.) to enjoy half off your admission.
Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., Boston. 617-426-6500. www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
Free waterfront movies, music
For the past 17 years, the Boston Harbor Hotel has offered four nights of free waterfront entertainment all summer long during its “Summer in the City’’ series. Enjoy live music Tuesday through Thursday and a free movie screening on Friday night.
The movies playing in August are “Vertigo’’ Aug. 1, “A Streetcar Named Desire’’ Aug. 8, “Cool Hand Luke’’ Aug. 15, “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’’ Aug. 22, and “West Side Story’’ Aug. 29. Or enjoy the sounds of Toni Lynn Washington, the Steve Memmolo Band, Pulse of Boston, and others during the week.
Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston. 617-856-7744. www.bhh.com.
Free Tickets to Tanglewood
Stay at the Berkshire 1802 House and you can receive free tickets to a show at Tanglewood with your lodging. Stay three or more nights on weekends (Friday through Sunday) or two or more nights midweek (Monday through Thursday) and receive two free Tanglewood lawn tickets.
Built more than 200 years ago, the picturesque B&B is located in historic Sheffield in the Berkshires. Wake up to a delicious homemade breakfast and walk the grounds, enjoying the pretty gardens. Then get ready for a night of excitement at Tanglewood. Check out the August Tanglewood schedule, which includes Josh Groban with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Train, Tony Bennett, and more.
The Berkshire 1802 House, 48 South Main St., Sheffield. 413-229-2612. www.berkshire1802.com
Free Tickets to the EcoTarium
Receive three general admission tickets to the EcoTarium , an indoor-outdoor science museum, when you book a night at the Residence Inn Marriott in Worcester. That’s a $42 savings for three adult admission prices. Just ask for the EcoTarium Science and Nature Package.
You will also have access to a round trip shuttle to the museum (based on availability). This package feeds you too. Enjoy a hot breakfast buffet and, later in the day, a hot pizza and a two liter bottle of soda.
Residence Inn Marriott, 503 Plantation St., Worcester. 508-753-6300. www.marriottsofworcesterma.com
Military Family Discounts at Museums, Zoos
Attention military families! Did you know you can visit 68 Massachusetts museums for free through Labor Day? It’s all part of the Blue Star Museums program, a program launched in 2010 as a thank you to our nation’s military families. Which Massachusetts museums are on the list? The Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the Discovery Museums, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and the Institute of Contemporary Art, just to name a few.
Oh, and our local zoos would like to thank military families as well by offering 50 percent off tickets to the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston and the Stone Zoo in Stoneham. That’s around a $9 savings per adult ticket at Franklin Park Zoo and around a $7.50 savings for an adult ticket at Stone Zoo.
Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Road, Boston; Stone Zoo, 149 Pond St., Stoneham. 617-541-5466. www.zoonewengland.org
Dine Out Boston
Grab a bite at a restaurant you’ve been longing to try for a lot less money during Dine Out Boston, taking place August 17 to 22 and August 24 to 29.
Each participating restaurant will offer a prix fixe lunch or dinner menu during the week. Lunch menus are available for $15, $20, and $25. Dinner menus are $28, $33, and $38. Participating restaurants include Abby Park in Milton, Abe & Louie’s in Boston, Aquitaine in the South End, Artu in the North End, Evoo in Cambridge, and plenty more.
This photo shows a dish from Abby Park in Milton.
Take a Bike
Pair your love of biking and the ocean by signing up for this “Take a Bike’’ package at Ocean Edge Resort, which features a new Freedom Flyer bike fleet. The package is valid August 16 through September 1.
The package costs $335 if you stay in The Villages or $585 if you stay mansion-side (a 15 percent savings). Included in the price is a half-day bike rental for two as well as breakfast for two. Where can you bike to? That’s easy. Bike the resort’s 429 acres or explore the historic Cape Cod Bike & Rail Trail (which conveniently crisscrosses the property).
Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, 2907 Main St., Brewster. 888-509-4600. www.oceanedge.com.
Free Admission at Worcester Art Museum
Visit the Worcester Art Museum any time in August and admission is free. Explore the exhibits or wander around the museum’s unique farmer’s market. This month, WAM is also offering a special treat for guests: the collection from the now-closed Higgins Armory Museum is on display. Learn all about knights and armor on a budget. Guests can also enjoy free Arms and Armor Demonstrations every Sunday at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m..