Boston’s Best Summer Activities 

August 9, 2023

As the calendar turns to August, you may begin to feel the summer countdown begin for when the kids head back to school, and when vacation time is officially over. Thankfully, there is still time to delve into some of the best activities in Boston before the fall creeps in and the leaves begin to change. 

Boston, just a short trip from Burlington, is a great place to explore either with a group, as a family, or by yourself. There’s so much to do, eat, drink, and learn in Boston. We’ll start with some outdoor fun to enjoy before the fall sets in. 

Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts

Head to Famous Fenway Park 

Whether you are a Boston sports fan, a history buff, or just love a delicious Fenway Frank, taking in a tour and a game at Fenway Park is a must-do activity next time you travel into Boston. 

Fenway Park is hallowed ground for Sox fans from around the country. This park has been home to the World Champion Boston Red Sox since 1912 and it remains much as it did when it opened over 110 years ago. 

Tours are held at the park from 9 am to 5 pm on game days and special event tours with groups and for birthday parties can be scheduled in advance on the Fenway Park website. Explore the red seat that denotes Ted Williams’ longest line drive, Pesky’s Pole, and of course the Green Monster that stands at over 37 feet in left field. 

Schedule your tour on the same day as a game and treat yourself to what it’s like to be a Boston sports fan in “America’s Most Beloved Ball Park.” 

Boston Public Garden & Boston Public Commons

Established in 1837 and located in the heart of Boston, the Boston Gardens were the first public botanical gardens in America. Today, visitors can explore the gardens, take a ride on the famous Swan Boats, or enjoy a picnic near the statue of Paul Revere or the Make Way for Ducklings statues. 

This peaceful area nestled inside busy metropolitan Boston boasts 600 varieties of trees and 80 species of plants in this 24-acre park adjacent to Boston Commons. The best way to travel to the Public Garden is to take the MBTA. Take either the Red or Green Line to the Park Street Station MBTA stop. The subway station is located on the Corner of Park Street and Tremont Street on Boston Common.

George Washington statue at the Boston Public Garden

New England Aquarium 

Nestled along the piers of Boston Harbor, The New England Aquarium has protected and cared for our ocean and marine animals for more than 50 years. During your visit to the aquarium enjoy watching California Sea Lions, Atlantic Harbor Seals, Sea Turtles, and African Penguins. Don’t forget to stop by and get up close and personal with sharks and rays in the touch tank! 

For admission tickets and to learn more about the animal sanctuary and educational opportunities visit the New England Aquarium website

Franklin Park Zoo

Located in neighboring Dorchester, Massachusetts, the Franklin Park Zoo offers unique opportunities to view a wide range of animals including giraffes, lions, gorillas, snakes, camels, hyenas, zebras, kangaroos and so many more. There are hundreds of exotic animals from around the world at the Franklin Park Zoo where you and your family can learn and explore the wildlife up close. 

Buy tickets, plan your visit, and get directions on the Zoo New England Site

Hoist a Sail in Boston Harbor 

Visiting Boston is not complete until you get the chance to view the skyline from the harbor! Enjoy touring Boston on one of the many Harbor Cruises or set sail aboard one of the sailing vessels along the piers. 

Summer in Boston Massachusetts may be hot but there is so much to do and see, you won’t want to miss a minute of this historical city!