A New England summer, specifically a Boston summer, is one of the most beautiful times of the year anywhere in the world. Usually, people are flocking to the Boston Common, hanging out at the SoWa Market, or cheering on the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Not this year, though. COVID-19 has changed things. With over 114,000 cases confirmed in Massachusetts, the largest number of those in Boston’s Suffolk County, Boston residents are being extra careful to reduce the risk of spreading or contracting coronavirus.
Just because summer in Boston is a little different this year doesn’t mean there aren’t safe & fun outdoor activities Boston still has to offer! Keep reading to learn 5 fun things you can do this summer in the best city in the world (as Boston movers, maybe we’re a little biased).
Let’s get started!
1. Arnold Arboretum
The Arnold Arboretum is a botanical research center and garden funded by Harvard University. Dating back to 1872, this is the oldest public (and free!) arboretum in the nation!
This beautiful place is free to visit. Not only that, but it’s also wide open, making it a perfect outdoor activity for having fun while social distancing. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported out of the city and into a quaint rural town with 281 acres of beautiful trees, forests, ponds, meadows, plants, and flowers.
Climbing to the top of Peters Hill will give you an awesome look at the Boston city skyline. To top it all off, the Arboretum recently released an app that provides a guided tour for all visitors. The app gives visitors a complete history of the arboretum along with information about all of the plants you’ll see, smell, and feel along the way.
2. Underground at Ink Block
What once was a drab and dingy underpass has been transformed into an 8-acre urban park with Underground at Ink Block. Nestled between the South End and South Boston (yes, those are different places! Important to know if you’re moving to Boston!), this 5-year project was just recently completed.
Filled with beautiful murals & street art along with landscaped walking and bike pathways, this is a great place to take a walk to see the city as you’ve never seen it before.
3. deCordova Sculpture Park
If you’re willing to head a bit outside of the city for outdoor activities near Boston, the deCordova Sculpture Park is a one of a kind place 30 minutes from downtown in beautiful Lincoln, MA.
This outdoor museum is 30 acres of wide-open space (perfect for maintaining social distance) filled with sculptures from artists from all over the world.
Amongst the beautiful sculptures (some of which are ginormous!) are sprawling fields, beautiful trees, and other natural elements that allow you to enjoy the New England summer and see one-of-a-kind art.
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4. Head to the Beach
Luckily for us, there are a number of beautiful beaches within a short drive from downtown Boston. Boston itself has a few beaches you could visit for a walk or tan in the wide-open space like Carson Beach or Orient Heights Beach.
If you want a bit more of a beach trip, you could head to one of the many beautiful beaches on Cape Cod or you could head up the North Shore to Gloucester, Newburyport, or Rockport for your pick of beautiful (and hopefully less crowded) beach options.
5. Hiking in the Blue Hills
We couldn’t call ourselves the best Boston moving company without telling Boston residents (and potential Boston residents) to go for a nice hike in the Blue Hills.
The Blue Hills Skyline Trail offers a moderate hike with a decent climb to bring you to a tower that provides you the perfect view of Boston’s skyline. Some time in the fresh air of Quincy will have you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
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Whether you’re a native or you’re thinking about moving here, or you’re somewhere in between, we know that you’ll love these outdoor activities Boston has to offer. Coronavirus has changed a lot, but it hasn’t changed the amazing New England summer.
It also hasn’t changed how we operate as a Boston moving company. We understand that people are still moving and life keeps moving… so we keep moving, too.