Boston might not have much in terms of vertical feet, and the city doesn’t offer any chairlifts — though a gondola through the Seaport would have been fun — but the Hub is a must-see over the summer. Just like the biggest ski resorts in New England, the region’s biggest city also can put a dent in the wallet.
From September through May, Boston essentially is the country’s largest college town. During the summer, locals and tourists flood the streets and sidewalks, whether it be for the waterfront, the North End, Quincy Market or Newbury Street. If you like to focus your attention a bit more, the Red Sox at Fenway Park, a show in the Theatre District or “Pops Goes the Fourth” and fireworks on the Esplanade are sure to please. A duck boat tour is a quick way to hit the highlights of the city, while a harbor cruise can cool you off on a summer scorcher.
Things to do
Boston Harbor Islands – This national recreation area contains 34 islands – Peddocks, Georges and Spectacle being among the more popular — and is accessible by ferry or private boat. There is a cruise specifically for lighthouses that includes Boston Light, the country’s first lighthouse, and Graves Light, at the entrance to Boston Harbor. www.bostonharborislands.org