Summer In New England: 3 Must-Visit Places In Massachusetts

This New England state is home to one of the most recognizable cities in America and offers a long list of fun summer spots for anyone who chooses the bay state for a vacation.

New Englanders put up with frigid temperatures, icy roads, and shoveling multiple feet of snow every year just to be able to enjoy the few blissful months of summer awarded every year from June to August. There is truly no weather that beats a sunny and clear sky New England summer day. If you are smart enough to be a snowbird (someone who leaves New England in the winter and returns for warm weather,) or just on vacation up in the historic north, here are some of the best spots to check out throughout the region this summer.

Massachusetts

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The Boston Harbor. Photo by Ozzie Stern on Unsplash

Famously known for the New England Patriots, the major city of Boston, and the best colleges in the United States; Massachusetts is the most populated state in New England and in my biased opinion – the most fun. These are my personal favorite places to visit in Massachusetts during the hottest months of the year. From family-friendly to young, wild, and free – here are the top three summer spots.

Boston

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A Picturesque Boston scene. Photo by Lauren on Unsplash

Whether you’re a history buff whose ideal vacation is full of facts and famous landmarks, or a hip modernist who loves to explore concrete jungles; Boston’s got options for you. If you’re up for some walking, the Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile footpath through the city that takes you to 16 historic locations relevant to the American Revolution and founding of the United States. The trail passes by churches, museums, graveyards, ships, and more to create a uniquely immersive experience that beholds the historic magnificence of the city. If you prefer to ride rather than walk, Boston’s harbor area offers unique cruise experiences that are best under a sunny summer sky. Cruises vary in offerings from delicious seafood dining, whale-watching, to dancing and drinks. If vacation is synonymous with shopping for you, Boston holds some of the best shopping experiences in New England. Stop by Newbury Street to grab a coffee and hit some of the city’s most popular stores or schedule a reservation at the Prudential Center for dinner, drinks, and a late-night splurge on some higher-end shopping.

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Newbury Street, Boston. Photo by Henry Dixon on Unsplash

Salem

Historically known for the tragedy of the Salem Witch Trials, modern times Salem is affectionately referred to as “The Witch City.” Although thematically, the city is more relevant to the season of autumn, it is in my personal opinion best to travel to in the summer. Beat the crowds of costume donned witches, goblins, and ghouls that Halloween brings and visit Salem in late summer instead.

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Salem City Hall. Photo by Delaney Beaudoin.

No need to worry about missing out on the fun, Salem is Halloween-themed all year long. Take a tour through one of the many old houses virtually untouched by the passage of time, like that of the House of the Seven Gables or the Witch House. Learn all about Salem’s controversial past at the Salem Witch Museum, take a tour of the most famous ghost sightings in the haunted city, or get a psychic reading from a certified medium. Salem is full of do’s, eat’s, and stay’s that will keep you busy for as long as you decide to visit the spooky city.

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The House of the Seven Gables. Photo by lcm1863 on Flickr 

Cape Cod/ Martha’s Vineyard

For a quintessential, old money, beachside summer vacation experience, travel to the very tip of the Massachusetts coast and visit Cape Cod – or if you’re willing to go the extra mile (by sea,) take a ferry to the ultra-famous island of Martha’s Vineyard. Both of these locations hold a similar summer experience, chock full of good eats, long beach days in the sun, unique shopping experiences, and luxury hotel stays.

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Seafood is a must on and off the coast of Massachusetts. Photo by Benjamin Rascoe on Unsplash

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Having grown up in a non-traditional family of intersecting identities, Delaney takes pride in her blank-slate, open-minded perception of the world. Her interests in writing, politics, and travel converge perfectly to fuel her intense passion for journalism and the pursuit of truth in modern media. Delaney values her tendency towards impulsivity and loves the unprecedented circumstances that come with traveling.