Day Trips in Boston

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If you're planning a Boston vacation, be sure to set aside a day (or two if possible) to take a side trip to exciting New England towns and Islands such as Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod, Vermont or the Boston Harbor Islands. This is just a small sampling of what visitors to Boston can expect to find during their trip to Boston. The city does have much to offer in the way of excellent Boston restaurants, elegant Boston hotels, and experiences that can only be had in Boston. But what's amazing is that even the smallest surrounding towns offer some of the state's biggest attractions -- attractions that can compete with some of Boston's top attractions. Take Sturbridge, Massachusetts for instance. This tiny town of just over 2,000 residents is home to the largest history museum in the Northeast and one of America's most renowned museums -- Old Sturbridge Village ( This living history museum attracts roughly one million visitors each year.


Boston attractions are manym, but one of the best is taking a drive to Hyannis on Cape Cod .   Along Main Street is the Kennedy Museum , which details the life of the assassinated American President, John F. Kennedy.  A short drive away, in Hyannisport is where the Kennedy complex is located.  Hyannis has many shops and restaurants as well as wonderful beaches on Nantucket Sound.   Ferries to the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard leave regularly from Hyannis . Both islands have fantastic beaches. Another possibility is to take a whale sighting boat tour for an afternoon. They leave from Hyannis too.

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Milton Massachusetts - The Blue Hills Trail

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The Blue Hills Trail is an historic Massachusetts trail featuring 125 miles of mountain biking and hiking trails that are part of a 7,000-acre state reservation. Owned and operated by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the Blue Hills Trail and the hills can be found in Boston, Braintree, Canton, Dedham, Milton, Quincy, and Randolph. Other attractions here include the observation tower at Great Blue Hill, which offers views of the mountains, the surrounding islands, and the Boston skyline; Blue Hills Trailside Museum, and rare reptiles such as the more..

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Sturbridge Massachusetts - Old Sturbridge Village

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This tiny town of just over 2,000 residents is home to the largest history museum in the Northeast – Old Sturbridge Village. Old Sturbridge Village also happens to be America's most renowned history museum, attracting more than one million visitors each year. This living history museum features 200 acres of pristine land and more than 40 original buildings to explore. The site also features a number of collections, exhibits, and programs that present the story of “everyday life in a small New England town” from 1790-1840. Other Sturbridge attractions and activities include: more..

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Boston Harbor Islands

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If your Boston vacation happens to take place during the warm summer months, why not set aside a day or two of your Boston trip to enjoy swimming, kayaking or camping? The Boston Harbor Islands offer this and more! The islands are only a quick ferry ride from Boston’s Long Wharf, South Boston’s EDIC Pier, Qunicy’s Fore River Shipyard, and Hingham’s Hingham Shipyard and Hull at Pemberton Point. Trips are typically one half hour and ferries usually leave for the islands (Georges Island, Spectacle Island, Thompson Island, and Grape, Bumpkin, Peddocks, and more..

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