- The list below includes 432 free or cheap things to do in or near Franklin, Massachusetts, including 114 different types of inexpensive activities like Forests, Bowling, Children's Play Area and Family Fun Center.
- From Franklin Public Library to Franklin Town Forest, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Franklin and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Providence, Cambridge, Brookline and Framingham.
A traditional institution, the Franklin Public Library combines classic manuscripts with available, innovative technology. Its calendar of events includes holiday-appropriate library evening readings, special teen programs and handy educational resources.
Located on over 180 acres of land, the Franklin Town Forest is a forest preserve that is popular among local nature enthusiasts. Visitors commonly enjoy hiking, biking, or walking through the preserve's many trails.
Located next to the Dacey Field playground, the Franklin Dog Park is a fenced, double-gated park for dogs, open from dawn until dusk. The park offers shaded areas, picnic tables and supplies for clean-up and disposal.
Visitors can enjoy hiking, supervised swimming, boating and other recreational activities at Chilson Beach. The beach also features ball fields and a playground and offer opportunities for birding and viewing other wildlife like beavers.
Dedicated to preserving local history, the Franklin Historical Museum features collections containing around 4,000 total items, such Native American artifacts and vintage clothing. The museum also conducts several ongoing historical research projects.
From personal training to fitness classes, The Adirondack Club offers its members an aquatics facility, gyms, and tennis courts. During the summer, the club hosts various youth camps for tennis, arts and crafts, and swimming.
Pump it Up is an indoor kids' play and birthday party place that emphasizes imaginative play as well as simple fun. It includes a variety of bounce-house and inflatable attractions, as well as creative costume play.
A candlepin bowling center, Ficco's Bowladrome features 28 lanes for open and league bowling with shoe rental and automatic scoring. The center offers glow bowling, children's playgroups and a party room for private events.