11 Great Day Trips From Boston
This historic town was the home of the Salem
witch trials in 1692. Foxwoods – For a unique New England
experience, you can visit the Foxwoods Casino. Gloucester, MA – Touted as America’s
Oldest Seaport, Gloucester is an artistic community with a maritime
flavor. Plymouth, MA – If you remember your
elementary school history, you are probably familiar with Plymouth, MA and the
arrival of the Pilgrims. Not only is there
plenty of gaming, but Foxwoods includes nightly entertainment, a salon/spa, and
great dining. For more information there are a few informational
websites that give an overview of the region.
This is obviously a limited list, but includes 11 suggestions of great
daytrips you can take from Boston:
It is also perfectly located to venture out and explore all New England
has to offer. There are many day trips
within just a short drive of the city, and most New England towns offer enough
sites to keep you busy for at least 1 day.
Whether you are interested in history, amusement rides, shopping, or the
outdoors, there is something for you to do within a short drive of Boston. Plymouth is only a 45 minute drive from
11. A daily ferry provides passage to many of
these islands for only $14 for adults. You can tour the mansions or simply take in
the sites as you drive around the town, or simply walk the cobblestone streets.
There are also several vineyards located
near Newport as well as several other agri-tourism sites. From Boston, Foxwoods is
just under a two hour drive south.. For those looking for a slightly more
adventurous trip, the Cape Cod Central Railroad travels from Hyannis to Buzzards
Bay and includes dining and a comfortable way to see this region. Six
Flags New England is located near Springfield, MA just under 2 hours from
This tribally owned casino is the largest in North America – eat your
heart out Vegas. Lake Winnipesaukee – Located in NH, picturesque Lake
comprises 72 square miles of water, includes about 253 islands and is
surrounded by 3 mountain ranges. In addition to the museum, you can visit the
quaint town and the parlor that inspired the movie Mystic Pizza.
8. Mystic Seaport, CT – For a taste of
New England’s maritime tradition, you can visit Mystic Seaport. At the
lake you can hike, swim, fish, golf, visit an arcade, or just relax.
The 11 Great Day Trips from Boston listed here are just a
few ideas of trips you can take from Boston. Don’t miss the museums or the
Man at the Wheel Statue located down on the waterfront. For a different type of
park, you can visit the Davis Farmland or the Davis Mega Maze. For more information on
things to do in Southern Maine click here.
9. During the Halloween season,
special events in Salem make this town a great place to visit. In addition you can visit many other
historical sites and museums in this small New England town. This
beautiful coastline offers a taste of Maine complete with a rocky coast,
beaches, lighthouses, and of course lobster. This historic Seaport town is 2 hours from
Boston and is the home of the the Museum of America and the Sea, America’s
largest maritime museum. Several historic
sites including the House of Seven Gables, the Corwin/Witch house, and the
Salem Maritime National Historic Site are located in Salem and open for
4. Gloucester is just a 45 minute drive from
Boston. This is a combination petting zoo and elaborate
cornfield maze. Newport
is a 1 hour and 30 minute drive from Boston.
3. The town celebrates
this history and you can participate by visiting Plimoth Plantation, where you
can see reenactments from this historical period. Southern Maine Coast – From Boston,
the Maine border is just under an hour. This museum
includes ships and real demonstration of maritime life. Salem, MA – If you are interested in
history, you may enjoy a trip to Salem, MA just 30 minutes north of Boston. Newport, RI – This beautiful coastal town
is a mixture of mansions, museums and an exciting downtown. There are many great towns
and beaches on Cape Cod you can visit with countless ice cream parlors you can
test. Cape Cod – Just an hour or two from
Boston, Cape Cod offers enough activities to keep you busy for a week. The town is surrounded by water
and provides quick access to the sea with fishing trips, whale watches, and
boating. Amusement Parks – If you’re looking
for a little excitement for you and your family, several amusement parks are
within driving distance of Boston. The town is lined with shops
and restaurants and has many festivals and events during the summer
months. A little closer to the city is Canobie Lake Park in Salem, NH only a 40
Throughout the summer months these islands play host to various events
including music, sports, and natural habitat exploration. Make sure you reserve some time to
just relax at the beautiful beaches.
10. If you have a car you can simply
drive and stop along the way whenever you choose. Both these parks are
located just over an hour west of Boston.
Boston is a
great city with many things to see and do. Boston Harbor Islands – Just offshore from
Boston is a series of islands awaiting exploration. You can catch the ferry from Long Wharf in
Boston, or get more information on the internet.
5. If you are looking for a city to use as a
base for your next vacation Boston may be your best bet. From Boston you can travel to the Cape in 3
ways. You can also travel to Provincetown on the
tip of the Cape directly via a ferry from Boston.
If you are interested in outlet malls you can visit Kittery on your way,
or you can head directly to one of the beach towns of York, Oqunguit, Wells, or
Kennebunk. If you live in Boston some of these ideas may
give you a new trip to add to your own favorites.
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