5 Outdoor Summer Fun Ideas in Burlington 

July 10, 2023

Summer in New England is often associated with lots of beach time, but it is also a time to get out and explore local culture, history, and all that nature can offer. Burlington provides ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, history, or cultural events. 

Known as “Boston’s Best Neighbor,” Burlington offers a wide range of activities year-round. Summer presents some unique family and outdoor activities that allow for some fresh air and entertainment all rolled into one. From exploring the Mill Pond Reservoir to taking in a concert or children’s show on the Town Common, Burlington is a great place to enjoy an evening out or a family-friendly outing. 

Get Outdoors in Burlington

Now that summer is in full swing and the kids are out of school, you may be looking for some fun outdoor activities to keep everyone entertained and get in a little exercise as well. Here are a few ideas right in Burlington that just might fit the bill. 

Mill Pond Reservoir 

Located at 99 Wellesley Ave in Burlington, Mill Pond Reservoir offers a two-mile loop for exploration around Mill Pond. Hike, bike, walk, run, fish, or enjoy a stroll with the kids along this trail. Even your pups are welcome on a leash. Just don’t forget to clean up after them. 

The trail is considered an easy one and usually takes about forty minutes to complete. Along the route, you will experience scenic views of the pond and the wildlife that calls the reservoir home. Pack a snack and enjoy a pit stop at one of the benches or picnic tables along the way. 

Minuteman Commuter Bikeway 

Located in the neighboring towns of Bedford, Lexington, Arlington, and Cambridge, the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway is one of the most popular and successful rail trails in the United States. 

Known for passing through the historic area where the American Revolution began in April 1775 the Minuteman Bikeway is a fun place to take a bike ride, rollerblade, or walk with family and friends. This trail also connects riders to the MBTA Alewife Station as well as other trails in the northeast. Visit Minuteman Bikeway for maps, directions, and more information on a day on the trail. 

Concerts & Children’s Shows on Town Common 

Sponsored by Burlington Parks and Recreation Department, enjoy a relaxing evening of music by varying bands and groups every Tuesday during the summer from 6:30 pm – 8 pm. Bring a beach chair or blanket and be ready to enjoy some toe-tapping music that will make your summer evenings special. 

Every Wednesday evening during the summer the Burlington Parks and Recreation Department also hosts children’s shows. Entertain your little ones on the common every week from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm at 2 Bedford Street. 

For a full calendar of events visit the calendar for the Burlington Rec Department. 

Hit the Wading Pool! 

Located at Simonds Park, the Wading Pool can be a great place to cool off on those steamy summer days. Burlington families can gain a free summer pass to keep the fun rolling all school vacation long. 

For wading pool hours and more information visit Burlington Rec Wading Pool

Burlington Culture Night 

Burlington values diversity and differences. To celebrate the many different cultures represented in Burlington, the Town is holding a Culture Night where residents can learn more about people and their cultures from around the world. Hosted by Burlington Recreation and the Girl Scouts, this evening involves visiting stations and greeting people from all over. 

Join us at Simonds Park on July 16 from 6:30 pm – 8 pm. 

From arts and culture to exercise and historical exploration, Burlington has so much to offer outdoors during these wonderful summer months.