Boston truly comes alive during the summer. Visitors and residents alike can enjoy an abundance of outdoor events and activities (many free!). Whether you catch a ballgame or spend an evening watching the boats in Boston Harbor, there are so many great things to do and see. In the spirit of today’s summer solstice, here are our top favorites that you won’t want to miss on your next [summer] trip to Boston!
Boston Duck Tour
They go on land, they go by sea, they’ll show you everything you want to see! The World War II style amphibious land vehicles will bring you on a guided sightseeing tour of Boston, with sights such as the golden-domed State House, Bunker Hill, Copley Square, Newbury Street, Quincy Market, TD Garden, and more.
Red Sox Game
Catch a [ball] game at Boston’s famed and historic Fenway Park. As the oldest ballpark in Major League Baseball, Fenway has been home to the famed Green Monster and the Boston Red Sox since 1912.
New England Aquarium & Whale Watch
The New England Aquarium, located right on Boston’s waterfront, is one of Boston’s premier visitor attractions. In addition to its marine exhibits, it also partners with Boston Harbor Cruises to provide very popular whale watches. Spend a few hours out on Boston Harbor and see the majestic creatures in their natural habitat!
Freedom Walking Trail
Starting in the Boston Common, this 2.5 mile red brick trek around the city passes by 16 historically significant sites from the time of the American Revolution. There are daily walking tours providing various length options led by Freedom Trail Players (18th-century costumed guides). Explore from Boston Common to Faneuil Hall to the North End/Waterfront.
Free Thursdays at the ICA
Admission to the Institute of Contemporary Art is always free on Thursday nights, year-round, but it also boasts exemplary outdoor spaces located right on the Harbor – perfect for those warm summer nights.
Rooftop bars in Boston are coveted for their excellent views of the city above the hustle and bustle of the streets below. Check out Haute Living’s guide to some of the best rooftops to check out this summer.
Free Outdoor Movies
From beloved classics to box office hits, Boston has a plethora of free outdoor movie options this summer! Check out Boston.com’s list of movie screenings known so far… or check out the schedule at our very own The Lawn On D to see what movie we’re showing next.
The Lawn On D Powered by Citizens Bank
Located next to the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, The Lawn On D is a first-of-its-kind outdoor interactive space that brings together different communities, audiences, and residents for innovative programming and events. The Lawn On D is free and open to the public, but also available to rent for private events, and offers food and alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages for purchase, plus monthly family events, live music, and assorted games such as bocce and cornhole.
Looking for more things to do in Boston? Check out our guide of What To Do for shopping, dining, arts & music, historic landmark, and sports & entertainment suggestions. To give you a better idea of Boston’s make-up, also check out our guide to all the neighborhoods of Boston.