It’s summer in the city! After being stuck inside all winter summer has finally arrived and it’s time to get out and have fun. But what to do? We get so busy in our day to day it’s easy to lose sight of all the exciting activities and attractions Boston has to offer in the summer. Take some time for yourself this summer to get out and enjoy. Here are a few ways to make the most out of summer 2018 in Boston.
Catch a Game
Is there anything more American Summer than Baseball? Show some Boston pride and catch a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. The park is very easy to get to on the MBTA using the Green Line (D). The Sox play the Yankees on the 3rd of August if you want to splurge.
We are so fortunate to have Fenway Park, and Gillette Stadium as outdoor venues for summer concerts. This summer Fenway Park and Gillette Stadium are hosting concerts for a variety of popular artists such as: Taylor Swift, Beyonce & Jay-Z, Ed Sheran, Luke Bryan, Foo Fighters, and Billy Joel.
Boston has several beautiful outdoor hotel pools to enjoy hot summer days to the fullest. Most of the time you do not have to be a hotel guest, although for select days and times there will be a cover charge. Outdoor pools are available at Verb Hotel, The Colonnade Hotel, and the Revere Hotel. All serve food and drink. Pack your sunglasses and sunscreen and enjoy!
Sailing & Kayaking
Take up a classic New England sport this summer and sail the Charles River! Boston has several options depending on if you are looking to learn to sail, improve your skills, rent a boat for a casual sail, or a charter.
Boston Community Boating: Best for beginners! Membership includes unlimited classes, access to windsurfing boards and kayaks.
Boston Harbor Sailing Club: Offers weekend or week long lessons, fractional sailboat ownership, rentals, charters. You do not have to be a member to rent, but can only do so if there are boats available that have not been reserved by a member.
Boston Sailing Center: Best for serious sailors. Features a variety of membership options and include classes ranging from beginner to advanced and feature specialized classes in navigation and racing. Long term rentals and charters available.
Boston is a beautiful city with a plethora of gorgeous patios that are open for dining in the spring and summer. The Back Bay and South End neighborhoods are home to some wonderful restaurants with fantastic menus, and the Seaport is a must for seafood and waterfront views. Some of my favorites include: La Voile, Met Bar, Frenchie, Bar Mezzana, Row 34 and Legal Harborside.
You could easily spend an entire day on Newbury Street in the summer. Newbury Street is Boston’s most fashionable street offering high end and trendy shops from from H&M to Chanel. Newbury Street also features prominent art galleries, restaurants, salons, and fitness studios. Begin at Newbury Street and Massachusetts Ave and make your way the street’s end at Newbury and Arlington where you’ll hit the Boston Common. Stop for lunch and drinks at one of the many patios along the way.
Boston is one of the most historic cities in the United States. Take a couple of outdoor walking tours this summer to soak up the sun and local history. There are several guided tours available, or you can easily walk the Freedom Trail at your own pace. Start at Boston Common and walk through 16 points in Downtown Boston, North End, and Charlestown that were significant in the fight for freedom. Not to mention there are a variety of museums, trolly tours, and monuments to check out.
If you love the idea of leaning more about the city of Boston but would prefer a more interactive way to do so, there are a variety of fun interactive tours available. There is of course the famous duck boat tour, the bus is actually a boat so after you are driven around to see the landmarks the driver takes the duck boat right into the Charles river. Quacking at pedestrians is encouraged. There are also more traditional Trolly Tours which range from the classic tour, to Ghosts and Gravestones, to the Boston Tea Party Ship.