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Heat wave MetroWest Greater Milford beaches state parks movies malls


Jose Perez, 5, of Marlborough, cools off in the Ward Park Wading Pool, June 28, 2021.

With temperatures expected to soar above 90 degrees for a fourth straight day on Wednesday, people are doing what they can to stay cool and pass the time. 

In MetroWest and Greater Milford, there is plenty to do to help ride out the heat wave, from taking a dip at Memorial Beach in Natick to watching a movie at Regal Bellingham. 

Here are five ideas: 

Take a swim 

The area abounds with local beaches and lakes. Popular spots include Framingham’s Learned Pond, Saxonville Beach and Waushakum Pond. This year, those beaches will only be open to Framingham residents but beach fees have been waived. 

Natick’s Memorial Beach at Dug Pond is open from noon to 7:30 p.m. daily for Natick residents. Weekday-only summer passes cost $30 for adults; $20 for children; and $15 for seniors. Daily weekday fees without a pass cost $6 for adults, $4 for children and $2 for seniors. 

Rachel Gingras, and Aiden Gingras, 10, of Westborough, enjoy a football catch at the Lake Chauncy Beach, June 28, 2021. The beach officially opens Monday with lifeguards.

Daily weekend fees will be $8 for those who do not have a weekday pass. For weekday pass holders, the price will be $6 for adults; $4 for children and $2 for seniors. 

Hopkinton State Park is a favorite spot to hike, fish, kayak and swim. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Swimming is allowed from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. 

LIST: Best beaches within 30 minutes

Parking for state residents is $8 ($30 for non-Massachusetts residents). 



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