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Things to Do in Boston This Summer

Things to Do in Boston This Summer

Basking in near-constant sunshine, Boston sparkles from June to August, serving up a multitude of outdoor sights, adventures, and summery trips to New England’s vacation hot spots. From whale-spotting cruises to sampling cold craft beers and discovering Cape Cod’s beaches, here are some must-do experiences in Boston this summer.

  • Look for humpback and minke whales in the seas off Boston on a whale-watching cruise.
  • Watch Boston’s top landmarks glide by, and hop out to explore further, on a hop-on-hop-off-trolley tour.
  • Book a food tour of the North End to enjoy seafood and Italian specialities including Boston’s legendary lobster rolls.
  • See Hyannis Port and Cape Cod’s beaches and seafood shacks at their summertime best on a Cape Cod day trip.
  • Enjoy the sun as you check out Boston’s colonial sites on a walking tour from the Freedom Trail to Copley Square.
  • View the sunset and hear the evening cannon of the USS Constitution during a harbor cruise on a 1920s-style yacht.
  • Ride a ferry, discover harbor villages, and see where the movie Jaws was filmed on a day trip to Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Relish the cool of evening and Boston’s illuminations on a nighttime bike tour along the city’s waterfront.
  • Fly to Niagara Falls on a day trip and marvel at the crashing waters from the Maid of the Mist sightseeing boat.
  • Quench your thirst by sampling ice-cold, local craft beers on a Boston brewery tour.
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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 15 Stops

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 15 Stops

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Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. See Boston’s top attractions—like the USS ‘Constitution’ and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, to name a few—on the loop. Enjoy discounted admission to attractions like the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum with the purchase of your tour. If you upgrade to the Gold or Platinum Pass, you will be given your (seasonal) Harbor Cruise ticket when you check in for the Trolley Tour. These seasonal cruises depart periodically throughout the day close to Stop 1.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.35
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Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay

Walking Tour: Downtown Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square/Back Bay

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Travel back in time through the early years of American history during this guided walking tour of Boston’s famous Freedom Trail and its most iconic landmarks. Relive the events of the American Revolution as you pass Faneuil Hall, see the Old and New State Houses, and visit the setting of the infamous Boston Massacre. Then head downtown past Boston Common and the modern John Hancock Tower, finishing in Copley Square. A professional guide joins your trip to help add context.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$35.00
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Boston's North End Secret Food Walking Tour w/ Private Tour Option

Boston's North End Secret Food Walking Tour w/ Private Tour Option

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Get to know Boston through its food on this small-group walking tour limited to 12 people. With a guide, you sample seafood, Italian dishes, and other fare as you explore the city's North End neighborhood. Along the way, learn about the history of the area.
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  • 3 hours
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$218.34
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Martha's Vineyard Day Trip with Optional Island Tour from Boston

Martha's Vineyard Day Trip with Optional Island Tour from Boston

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Visit Martha’s Vineyard on a day trip from Boston to experience the island beauty without the hassle of booking ground and ferry transport. From hotel pickup and drop-off to included ferry tickets, snacks, water, and sightseeing maps, this Martha’s Vineyard excursion is designed for maximum time exploring, with the option to upgrade and include a guided tour of the entire island aboard a high-top, small-group van and explore all six towns on the island, indulge in lunch, and spend more time learning about scenic New England.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.00
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Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise
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Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise

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Take an evening cruise on Boston Harbor to watch the sunset from the water. Glide out to the Old North Church and Historic Site, the Charlestown Navy Yard, Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, and the USS Cassin Young. As a bonus, listen to the cannon fire of the USS Constitution, which marks the sunset each night.
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  • 2 hours
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$48.00
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Boston Guided Brewery Tour with Tastings & Lunch or Dinner
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Boston Guided Brewery Tour with Tastings & Lunch or Dinner

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Learn about Boston’s thriving craft beer scene and sample a variety of libations on this morning or evening brewery tour. Get an inside look at how beer is made and learn about their operations as you visit breweries, cider houses, and distilleries. Visit brewpubs that may include the well-known Samuel Adams or gastropub Meadhall. Round-trip transportation in downtown Boston by air-conditioned van is included.
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  • 5 hours
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$115.00
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$115.00
Price varies by group size