Whether you’re looking to find a place to cool down — or a cool spot to visit — we have you covered.
Summer in Boston
Community center pools
BCYF Charlestown features include a community room, computer lab, gymnasium, fitness center, and indoor pool.
BCYF Condon features include a community room, computer lab, gymnasium, fitness center, and indoor pool.
BCYF Curtis Hall
BCYF Curtis Hall features include a community room, computer lab, fitness center, indoor pool, senior center, and teen...
BCYF Quincy features include an auditorium, dance studio, gymnasium, and indoor pool.
BCYF Leahy-Holloran features include a computer lab, fitness center, pool, rock wall, and teen center.
BCYF Mildred Avenue
BCYF Mildred Avenue features include a community room, theater, fitness center, dance studio, gymnasium, and an indoor...
Upcoming eventsUpcoming events
Summer programsSummer programs
BPL outdoor Wi-Fi zone pop-ups
We’re expanding the critical role of Boston Public Library (BPL) branches as community resource hubs.
Programming, Activities, and Special Events in Boston's Parks
Every year the Parks Department brings engaging programs and events to parks throughout the City of Boston. Don't miss...
Friday Afternoon Concert Series
The Friday Afternoon Concert Series returns to Sam Adams Park this summer!
Parks Sports and Activities
We offer free athletic programs, clinics, and camps in neighborhood parks across the City.
Parks Fitness Series
The Boston Parks Fitness Series offers free fitness programming in Boston parks. Join us for both in-person and virtual...
Places to visitPlaces to visit
The 1,100-acre chain of nine parks is linked by parkways and waterways.
Cemeteries / Historic Burying Grounds
We manage three active cemeteries and 16 burying grounds in Boston.
The nine historic districts in the City of Boston feature unique architecture and landmarks.
George Wright and William J. Devine Golf Courses
The City boasts two magnificent golf courses for the enjoyment of City residents and non-residents alike.
Heading to a grassy or wooded area? Make sure to apply a repellent that will protect against mosquitoes and ticks.Bug tips:
Always check yourself, children, and pets for ticks after returning indoors. Remove attached ticks right away using tweezers. Mosquito bites can spread West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Ticks can spread Lyme disease.
Wear long sleeve shirts, long pants, and socks to prevent mosquito and tick bites. You should also limit your time outdoors between dusk and dawn. Mosquitoes are most active at that time.To stop mosquitoes from breeding:
- limit places around the home where standing water can collect
- turn over unused flower pots, buckets, wheelbarrows, and garbage cans
- remove leaves and other debris that can clog gutters and trap water
- get rid of or cover old tires, and
- cover swimming pools when not in use.
During periods of extreme heat, we'll declare a heat emergency and open community centers as cooling centers. Please check on your neighbors and the elderly to make sure they're okay.Watch out for those at risk
Infants, children, people age 65 and older, and the homeless are at greater risk for heat-related illness. Other high risk people are those who are physically ill or who take certain medications.Drink water and stay hydrated
Drink more water no matter how active you are. Avoid alcohol and sugary or caffeinated drinks. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink.Don't leave children or pets in cars
Never leave children and pets alone in cars. Cars heat up quickly even if the windows are slightly open.
We have maps that can help you navigate your way around the City of Boston.
View a map of tot sprays and pools managed by the City.
View an interactive map and a list of public restrooms.
The state also operates pools and spray decks in and around Boston.
Find ocean beaches along the Atlantic Coast in the state.