Find the Best Things to Do in Boston in the Summer - Sailing, Concerts, Biking, Beaches, More!
Boston's best activities for summer let you take advantage of beautiful sunny days, warm nights, and the city's excellent waterfront location.
You'll quickly see why Boston offers the perfect combination of sports, culture, and lots of fun outdoor things to do on land and water.
Use our guide to find Boston's best summer activities: sailing, whale watching cruises, outdoor concerts, bike tours, local beaches, Red Sox games at Fenway Park, outdoor dining at our top restaurants, and lots more!
Boston Discovery Guide's Recommendations: 12 Top Activities for Summer Fun in Boston
1. Explore Boston ... the Fun Way
Boston Hop On Hop Off Trolley Sightseeing Tour - This narrated trolley tour around the city shows you over 125 interesting places and attractions from the comfort of a fun retro trolley. Get off and explore whenever you like - and then hop back on for more sightseeing.
Boston Brewery Tour plus Lunch or Dinner - You'll explore Boston's vibrant brewpub scene - and taste up to 16 different local brews at 4 locations. Get behind-the-scene views. Light lunch and transportation included.
Brunch Cruise - Savor a delicious 3-course brunch on this relaxing sightseeing cruise around Boston Harbor
Sunday Evening Jazz Cruise - Groove to live jazz as you watch the ever-changing sunset colors as the sun sets behind Boston's city skyline
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3. Chill Out on these City Beaches
Escape the summer heat by heading to a Boston beach.
True, Boston beaches don't rival the gorgeous sandy expanses of Cape Cod, the rugged beauty of Gloucester beaches, or ocean-facing beaches in Maine or Rhode Island - but you can reach them in less than an hour on public transportation from Boston, so you can't beat the convenience.
If you want a place to swim, build a sand castle, and soak up some sun without leaving the city, you'll find a lot to love at these convenient city beaches.
Located just 25 miles from Boston by water, Stellwagen Bank is the best place for whale watching along the East Coast.
Going on a Boston whale watching cruise brings you up close to some of the ocean's most fascinating creatures.
What will you encounter? Typically, you'll see humpbacks, minke whales, and finbacks, along with dolphins, sea birds, and other aquatic life. Plus, you'll pass numerous Boston Harbor Islands and several historic lighthouses.
Don't miss this unforgettable experience. Not surprisingly, for visitors and locals alike, whale watch cruises are one of Boston's most popular summer activities.
Water surrounds Boston on 3 sides, making it one of the best spots on the East Coast for sailing.
Of course, you can enjoy the water on one of the many Harbor cruises - but if you'd like more active involvement, spend a few days taking sailing lessons and you'll be addicted to this favorite local sport.
Dining outdoors is one of the great pleasures of being in Boston in the summer.
If you want to find the highest concentration of restaurants and cafes in all price ranges offering patio seating, head over to the centrally-located Back Bay neighborhood, where over a dozen restaurants with outdoor dining nestle among the designer boutiques and art galleries. More about outdoor dining in Back Bay
Boston's magnificent gardens, both public and private, burst into bloom in late spring and continue their spectacular displays throughout the summer.
Whether you're an avid gardener or just like flowers, garden tours in Boston and Cambridge from May to September let you view these special and sometimes hidden paradises - plus they provide a great way to explore the parts of the city where they're located: Beacon Hill, Fenway, the South End, Cambridge, and more.
What to do on a warm summer afternoon or balmy evening in Boston? Head to Fenway Park, home field of the Red Sox. The in-town ball park is super-easy to get to using public transportation, the smell of Fenway Franks divine, and the experience of being part of the crowd cheering in the stadium is exciting, no matter which team wins.
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Need a relaxation break? Head over to "The Patios" at City Hall Plaza, where a beer garden, food trucks, food stands, plenty of places to relax and hang out, games such as putt-putt mini golf, and other activities transform this otherwise empty space across from City Hall Plaza. More information
More great places to relax and have fun in the city:
The Greenway - Grab fixings for a picnic from nearby Boston Public Market and find a grassy spot to enjoy your feast. Cool off in the splash fountains (no, they're not just for kids). Stroll through the gardens where something's always in bloom. Or quench your thirst at the pop-up beer garden. More info
Lawn on D - Located next to the Boston Convention Center in Seaport/South Boston, Lawn on D is where you'll find giant tire swings sized for adults, chairs for relaxing, lawn games such as cornhole, food trucks, occasional concerts, and a beer garden.
The Esplanade - This long, narrow strip of parkland next to the Charles River, hidden from view unless you know how to access it, is where you'll find a series of summer concerts, movies, and other activities including the famous July 4th Pops concert and fireworks. It's also an ideal spot anytime for relaxing on the floating docs, riding a bike, strolling or jogging, or sampling what's on offer at the seasonal beer gardens. More info
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