Looking To Stay Cool This Summer?

Check out these refreshing activities.

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    BCYF Cooling Centers and Pools

    Many BCYF Community Centers and Pools are available, based on required needs, as Cooling Centers and/or Pool Sites when the Mayor declares a Heat Emergency or after the City of Boston’s temperatures have reached 90 degrees or higher for three (3) or more consecutive days.

    BCYF Cooling Centers & Pool List »

    BCYF Cooling Centers & Pool Map »

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    Jump into a State Owned Pool

    The Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation owns and operates many pools and spray decks in and around Boston, including Brighton, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roxbury, and more.

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    Take a Serene Swan Boat Ride

    Take a scenic ride on the Swan Boats around the Public Garden Lagoon.

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    Travel to Boston Harbor Islands

    Explore all the Boston Harbor Islands have to offer. Families can walk historic sites or go hiking, kayaking, fishing, swimming, and much more. Learn more about the islands, including things to do, getting to the islands, and events.

    Boston Harbor Islands »

  • Theater

    Catch a Movie

    Nothing beats two hours spent in the cool comfort of movie theater air-conditioning. Check out the latest flicks at one of Boston's many cinemas, or during cooler summer nights you can head to one of the many outdoor movie screenings around Boston.

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    Go Ice Skating in the Summer

    If watching the Bruins isn't enough, hit the ice at the Jim Roche Community Ice Arena in West Roxbury for some public skating.

    Jim Roche Community Ice Arena »

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    Lose Youself in a Book at the Boston Public Libraries

    Kick back with a book at your local Boston Public Library branch and enjoy the cool air-conditioning as you read.

    Find A Branch Near You »

  • Copley Mall - Inside

    Shop 'Til You Drop

    Take a shopping break at one of the many cool air-conditioned shopping centers around the city.

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  • Castle Island

    Explore Castle Island

    Walk (or rollerblade) along Castle Island in South Boston to enjoy the sea breeze and the beautiful view of Boston Harbor. Bring your own picnic or stop for ice cream along the way.

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  • Haymarket Food Display

    Fill Up on Healthy Snacks

    Cool down with local fruits and vegetables from a farmers market in your neighborhood.

    View Farmers Markets Map »

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    Refresh at a Museum

    Visit one of Boston's museums for an educational cool-down. Check local museums for summer discounts and free admission on certain days.

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  • Utilities & Power Outages

    If any areas are without power, residents can report outages to 311 or NSTAR.

    City of Boston: 311 
    NSTAR: 1-800-592-2000
    Report Outage Online to NSTAR

  • Fire Hydrants

    Residents are reminded that fire hydrants should not be tampered with or opened; doing so may hinder fire extinguishing capabilities.

  • Additional Questions or Concerns?

    For more information anytime, residents can call the City of Boston at 311.

    Contact 311