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