9 of Our Absolute Favorite Ways to Enjoy a Boston Summer

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Palpably exciting energy is the best way to describe how the city of Boston feels during the summertime.

After months of cold weather, the city bursts into life as soon as the temperatures begin to rise and maintains its animated state through early autumn. To experience the inspiring ambiance and contagious energy, a summer trip to Boston is in order!

The reasons to visit Boston in the summer are more extensive than just to feel the excitement. Limitless opportunities and experiences await those Bostonians who persevered throughout winter and those tourists who’ve chosen Boston for their getaway.

From dining on the beloved outdoor patios of Boston to beaching it up on Spectacle Island in the Boston Harbor, there’s hardly an activity one can’t do in Boston in the summer.

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With so much on offer, where does one begin when planning? A good dilemma to have, and one that we can lend a helping hand with. With most of the university students cleared out for summer break, you can enjoy the best Boston months without the crowds! When planning a Boston summer getaway, we recommend considering the following activities:

1. Taste Your Way Through The City

Whether it’s “Chowda” or food of the Freedom Trail, the real way to understand Boston is through its culinary offerings. Boston is definitely a foodie town, and to get a chance to taste the city’s most celebrated chefs and establishments, head out on a Yummy Walks food tour!

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2. Take a Ride on The Elegant Swan Boats

Boston summer Swan BoatsIt’s always the perfect day to stroll through Boston’s Public Garden, and while there you might enjoy a ride on the Swan Boat. Since 1877, the elegant Swan Boats have been gliding across the Lagoon in the Public Garden delighting passersby and boat-riders from across the planet. This one activity alone truly captures the essence of the city.

3. Go For a Swim on Spectacle Island

Four miles from the shores of downtown Boston lies Spectacle Island, an 114-acre island perfect for a day of enjoying nature. On Spectacle Island you can expect to hike, stroll, swim, boat, and learn all about the fascinating little island. One of the most popular island activities is to go for a swim off of the sandy beach the island features.


4. Do as The Locals Do and Delight in Patio Dining

For a city that is limited to all things indoors for many months of the year, you can imagine the elation of patio dining once spring and summer hits! Bostonians adore the outdoor patios and with so many lovely and delicious restaurants to choose from, you will too! This comprehensive guide will be useful for your Boston dining planning.

5. SoWa Open Market

SoWa, which stands for South of Washington, features an incredible, award-winning open market every Saturday and Sunday all summer long. SoWa Open Market is Boston’s largest celebration of local artists, farmers, chefs, brewers, and musicians, and is now in its 14th season. Spend your Saturday and/or Sunday in Boston browsing over 150 vendors alongside hundreds of other Bostonians and visitors.

6. Head to The Seaport For Delicious, Fresh, Seafood

Boston summer What was once a less desirable part of Boston has transformed into one of the most popular districts! The Seaport District is a great part of town to stroll around in, hop on a river cruise, or (our favorite) dine on delicious Boston seafood.

7. Kayak on The Charles River

One of the most iconic features of Boston is the Charles River. There are a variety of ways to engage with and enjoy the beautiful river. One of our favorite summertime river activities is kayaking on it!

8. Have a Picnic in The Public Garden and Boston Commons

For Bostonians, summertime means being outdoors as much as possible! The beautiful Public Garden and Boston Commons serve as excellent venues for your very own outdoor picnic! Have a romantic picnic with your sweetheart, enjoy some afternoon sunshine with the family, or gather your friends for frisbee and a feast!

9. Red Sox + Fenway Park

What would a summer trip to Boston be without an excursion to Fenway Park?! Going to a Red Sox game is a way of life for Bostonians, and it should be at the top of your summer to-do list!

Rest your weary head between activities at the delightfully elegant and cozy Copley Square Hotel. Located is the iconic Back Bay neighborhood, Copley Square Hotel is historic, centrally located, and full of vacation-enhancing amenities! Plan your Boston getaway, book your stay, and have a fun-filled summer!

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