Summer is a wonderful time to visit Boston, with warm weather and long days to fill with unforgettable experiences. With history on every corner, exquisite architecture and an array of interesting attractions, you’ll never run out of fun. Read on for the top things to do during summer in Boston.
1) Walk the Freedom Trail
It’s a 2.5-mile brick-lined path that leads you to some of the most significant historical points in the city. Learn fascinating facts behind important places and people in American history at sites like Boston Common, Paul Revere’s house, the Massachusetts State House, the Old North Church and more. This mostly outdoor attraction is perfect for summer. With beautiful weather and longer days, you can take your time exploring.
2) Go Sailing on the Waterfront
In the historic Boston Harbor, you’ll find sailing excursions to suit all ages and levels of experience. Sign up for a sailing or rowing class, and get out on the water this summer. There are even a few kid-friendly sailing summer camps available. It’s the perfect time of year to appreciate Boston’s waterfront up close.
3) Take the Old Town Trolley Tour
The orange and green trolley has been entertaining and enlightening visitors in Boston for more than 25 years. It’s a fully narrated tour that takes you to more than 100 points of interest in the city and allows you to hop on and off as much as you wish. This flexibility gives you the opportunity to take a ride on the famous Swan Boats at the Boston Public Garden, grab lunch and do some shopping at Faneuil Hall Marketplace and stay as long as you want at any of the stops. The tour stops at all the best sights in the city including Copp’s Hill Burying Ground, the Bunker Hill Monument, the USS Constitution Museum, the Boston Massacre site, King's Chapel and Burying Ground and much more. You can even spread the tour out over two days, giving you more time to see all that you want to see.
4) Meet Myrtle the Sea Turtle
To cool off from the summer sun and see some cool marine species, step into the New England Aquarium. The first thing you’ll encounter is their giant ocean tank, a 200,000-gallon saltwater tank that measures 40 feet wide and 26 feet deep. This habitat is home to more than 1000 different sea animals including Myrtle the green sea turtle, barracuda, stingrays, moray eels, guitarfish, yellow goatfish, scrawled filefish, trumpet fish and hundreds of other vibrant tropical fish. Other residents at the aquarium include the African Penguin, the Atlantic Harbor Seal, green anaconda, leafy seadragons, moon jellyfish, American lobster and the cownose ray. There are a variety of intriguing exhibits, including a shark and ray touch tank, several hands-on areas and much more.
5) Throw Tea Overboard
One of the most unique museums you’ll ever visit is the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. Located at the end of the Congress Street Bridge on a floating barge, this is not your ordinary museum. With multi-sensory exhibits, one of only two tea chests still in existence and holographic technology, the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum will immerse you in the events that took place on that fateful night. You’ll also be able to reenact the events alongside costumed historians, starting at the Old South Meeting House and ending when you throw tea overboard into the harbor. Meet Sam Adams and experience the passion that led the patriots to fight for freedom more than 200 years ago.
6) Go Swimming at Frog Pond
If you’re looking for a way to escape the summer heat, look no further than the spray pool at Frog Pond. The 30-foot spray flume delights children of all ages, and a brightly colored carousel is located nearby for even more family fun. Feeling hungry after all the action? The Frog Pond Café is conveniently located right next door and offers a variety of snacks and drinks.
7) Go Whale Watching
As one of the top 10 whale watching spots in the world, Massachusetts is home to a variety of these gentle giants. There are several areas where different whale species live and feed, providing the opportunity for visitors to watch in wonder as they glide, swim and even jump right in front of the boat. Humpbacks, finbacks, minke and pilot whales are just some of the large whales you’ll have the chance to see. There are a variety of whale watching excursions available for all ages to enjoy.
8) Immerse Yourself in the Urban Wilds
Boston’s shoreline was once covered with salt marshes, meadows, streams and more. City development rid the area of many of these habitats, but you can still find a few of these urban wilds to explore. Summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and appreciate Boston’s natural beauty. Visit the peaceful Allandale Woods, Nira Rock meadowlands, Cedar Street community gardens, coastal salt marshes of Belle Isle and more.