Summer is a great time to enjoy seasonal activities in the Boston area. Due to the relatively short summers in Boston, locals usually pack in as many events as possible while the sun is shining and the weather is warm.
Tourists from across the country and the globe also travel to Boston to visit and enjoy summer fun. Here are some suggestions for summer activities in Boston for visitors and locals alike.
See a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park this summer
First, baseball in Boston is a favorite summer activity. A trip to see the Red Sox play at Fenway Park should be on the top of any summer activities list. This season Fenway Park is celebrating its 100th anniversary so this is a special summer for a tour of Fenway Park or a Red Sox game.
This summer, Fenway Park has been spruced up with special exhibits and new venues for food and drink. However, America’s oldest professional baseball park still retains the same charm. Visit the website of the Boston Red Sox for ticket information.
Boston is a great summer walking city
Boston is known as a walking city and summer is one of the best times to walk the streets of Boston to see the sights. The Boston Public Gardens are a must see during the summer. This oasis in the middle of the city features elegant weeping willow trees, colorful flower beds, historical statues and the iconic Swan Boats.
Visitors can take a ride on these beautiful foot pedal operated pontoon boats that are flanked by larger than life white swans on either side. The boats glide across a pond in the Boston Public Gradens for a short ride that is enjoyable for children and families visiting Boston.
The Swan Boats have been in operation since 1877 and have since become a cultural touchstone.Vistors can enjoy a ride on these one of a kind boats during spring, late summer and early autumn.
For those who like the chic shopping and café scene, Boston's famed Newbury Street is just a short walk away for the Boston Public Gardens. In summer, visitors can window shop, have lunch at a sidewalk café or take in an art exhibit at one of the local art galleries.
The North End is Boston's Little Italy
Boston is also well known for its culinary traditions. For those who like Italian food, Boston’s North End is the place to go. Known as Boston’s Little Italy, the North End of Boston offers a variety of restaurants and bistros, each featuring a unique brand of Italian cuisine, from pizza to pasta and more.
For pastries, gelato and cappucino, the North End also features bakeries and sidewalk cafes. In late summer, visitors can also enjoy one of the North End’s many feasts. The feasts are street festivals that honor Catholic saints but they are not somber events. In fact, the Boston North End feasts are lively events that feature marching street bands and a variety of street food and local entertainment.
Quincy Market offers restaurants, shopping and nightlife
For good Boston souvenir shopping, street performers, restaurants and nightlife, visit Boston's Quincy Market, which is just a short walk from the North End. Though Quincy Market is primarily a tourist area, it is worth a visit, especially since some of the establishments habe been recenlty renovated and updated.
The Quincy Market area is a good stop for a drink and some socializing after a long day of sightseeing. Boston is a great city to visit any time of year but summer is truly special.
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