Best Bargains in Massachusetts | 2015 Editors’ Choice Awards
Pinching pennies never felt so good! Check out our picks for the best bargains in Massachusetts for 2015. BEST WALKING TOUR TANGLEWOOD WALKING TOURS, Lenox In July and August, stroll the Tanglewood grounds to learn the history of the property and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer tenure here. Hour-long tours visit the Koussevitzky Music Shed and Ozawa Hall as […]
Pinching pennies never felt so good! Check out our picks for the best bargains in Massachusetts for 2015.
BEST WALKING TOUR
TANGLEWOOD WALKING TOURS, Lenox
In July and August, stroll the Tanglewood grounds to learn the history of the property and the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s summer tenure here. Hour-long tours visit the Koussevitzky Music Shed and Ozawa Hall as well as the photo and memorabilia-filled Visitors’ Center. Free tours offered Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
297 West St. 413–637–5393; bso.org
HISTORIC HIGHLIGHT – BEST BOTANICAL GARDEN
THE BOTANIC GARDEN OF SMITH COLLEGE, Northampton (1894)
Smith students live and study inside a botanical showcase. Frederick Law Olmsted’s landscape-architecture firm helped lay out the scientific gardens here in the late 19th century, and there’s almost always something in bloom among this collection of more than 6,000 plants. Don’t miss the Lyman Conservatory greenhouses. Free.
16 College Lane. 413–585–2740; smith.edu/garden
BEST FLEA MARKET
RAYNHAM FLEA, Raynham
You never know what kind of treasure you’ll unearth at this massive f lea market of more than 500 dealers indoors and hundreds more outside—from antiques and collectibles to electronics and toys to fishing tackle and baseball caps, and everything in between—plus plenty of food onsite to keep you going. Held every Sunday except Easter, Raynham Flea charges just $1 for adults, 50¢ for seniors. Kids 12 and under get in free.
480 South St. West. 508–823–8923; raynhamflea.com
HISTORIC HIGHLIGHT – BEST BAND CONCERTS
CHATHAM BAND, Chatham (1931)
Just as they have for more than 60 years, the members of the Chatham Band don their red uniforms and break out their sheet music at Kate Gould Park on Friday nights from July 3rd to September 4th. They literally strike up the band at 8:00 p.m., but most concertgoers arrive early to buy sweets at Chatham Candy Manor before claiming their spots on the grass. Free.
Off Main St. and Chatham Bars Ave. chathamband.com
BEST FREE FRIDAYS
FREE FUN FRIDAYS FROM HIGHLAND STREET FOUNDATION, Statewide
Your family can enjoy a smorgasbord of art, history, and nature on “Free Fun Fridays” between late June and late August. Each week at least five organizations—from museums to zoos to gardens and nature centers across Massachusetts — welcome visitors with free admission. Check the website for a full list of organizations.