Boston’s Summer Sweet Spot For Visitors is Late August, Here’s Why

Boston during the summer is a blissful time to visit. Though Boston experiences cold weather for a large portion of the year, the city is still built for outdoor enjoyment. Thus, when the weather permits Bostonians and visitors alike take to the patios, public parks, and outdoor recreation like crazy. 

Plan Your Late Summer Visit

Visiting anytime throughout the summer season is an excellent choice, but we have a secret to let you in on. The absolute best time to visit Boston during the summer season is during the final two weeks of August. If you’re wondering why that is, keep reading.

Thinning Crowds

July and the first half of August is the most popular time to visit Boston during the summer. Crowds are the thickest during those six weeks. The end of August brings lighter crowds as many families are prepping for back to school, and the vacation season is coming to a close. The final two weeks of Boston are ideal for visiting; you’ll get to enjoy the summer events and great weather without dealing with lines or lengthy wait times. 

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Red Sox Games

Boston baseball fans are quite possibly the most enthusiastic, and there’s no better time to watch a game with them than during the summer. For an end of August game, we recommend getting tickets for Wednesday, August 21st, which will be the Red Sox vs. the Philadelphia Phillies.

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All The Outdoor Goodness is Still Open

As mentioned, Boston is built for those who love outdoors. Many of Boston’s main outdoor attraction close down once the weather gets cold, and for those that don’t, it’s simply too cold once winter hits. So, the final two weeks of August are an excellent time to get out and play around Boston! We recommend:

Also, you can enjoy picnicking in the Boston Common or Public Garden, or any other public park throughout the city. When the weather is nice, there’s nothing more satisfying than strolling around the picturesque city taking in the sights, people watching and savoring the delight of summer. 

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Delightful Evening Weather

Summer nights in Boston are what dreams are made of. Once golden hour hits and the evening kicks off, the weather is still plenty warm to go for a stroll, enjoy one of Boston’s rooftop bars, or catch an outdoor show or performance. Some of our favorite rooftop bars include:

  • Rooftop at Revere
  • Legal Harborside
  • Lookout Rooftop and Bar
  • Coppersmith
  • Pier 6
  • Baseball Tavern

Berklee Summer in the City Series

Berklee College of Music and Boston Conservatory at Berklee present more than 400 free performances throughout Boston from April to October. You can enjoy performances of music, dance, theater, and more at some of the most unique and exciting outdoor venues throughout the city. To see which performances will be occurring in August, visit here

2013 08 94th St. Anthony’s Feast in Boston’s North End
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St. Anthony’s Feast

There is no better food than Italian. Of course, everyone is entitled to their opinion on the world’s greatest food, but it’s a safe bet that Italian ranks among the highest. There’s no better time to savor delectable authentic Italian cuisine than during St. Anthony’s Feast from August 22nd – 25th. This is a religious festival that welcomes all people. In addition to daily religious services, there are also parades, strolling singers, live entertainment, and contests to enjoy.

In Boston, there’s always more fun and adventures to be had. Even if you enjoy every single one of our above suggestions with time left over, you’ll never run out of things to do. Boston in August is incredible for the vibrant array of things to do, see, and experience.

Our final suggestion is to stay somewhere centrally located. Chances are, you’ll be hopping around town during your trip, and having a centrally located springboard will make your trip flow more smoothly. Copley Square Hotel is located in the heart of Boston’s iconic Back Bay neighborhood, which is central to the rest of the most popular areas of the city. From our hotel, you can easily walk to sights such as the Boston Common, or catch public transit to get elsewhere.

We are happy to help you plan your trip and offer any further guidance you may need. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, and book your stay with our exclusive private offer ASAP as our rooms tend to sell out well in advance!

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