Sometimes it gets so hot in the city during the summer I just want to escape and get away. Last summer I spent a lot of time up at my boyfriends lake house in Maine and down the cape at my family’s beach house. But unfortunately this summer I will be in Boston Monday through Friday for work. I love my new job but am I little bummed I won’t be able to get away as much.
So I decided to come up with a whole bunch of fun things to do in the city this summer, I reached out to a bunch of local bloggers to see what they are most looking forward to this summer. It is so cool to see what other people do it really got me excited for the upcoming months! I’ll start with my #1!
1. Mine: Rooftop@Revere:
I love the rooftop bar and POOL at the Revere Hotel! It is the perfect place to go with your friends to escape the heat and sip on delicious cocktails! A day pass is $20 on the weekdays and $30 on the weekends. You can also rent a cabana for a higher fee and there are food and beverage minimums to be aware of! You can view the menu and hours here.
2. Rachel Ross: Spectacle Island
I talked to Rachel Ross from Succulently Pure and she said: “I look forward to booking one Saturday every Summer to take a ferry ride out to Spectacle Island. It is a quick and easy 20-minute ferry ride right out of the downtown harbor side of Boston (right next to the aquarium). On those hot summer city days where you can’t seem to cool off no matter what you do, you will absolutely thrive from the breeze the island will give you. I typically pack a cooler full of beverages and beach snacks, bring a couple of beach chairs and plan to lounge out on the beach while taking in the amazing views of the city from afar. However, if you are more adventurous, you can pack sneaks and/or a bike to hike or ride all around the island. Either way, you will find the peace and relaxation away from the city without having to head to the North or South to the beaches.” Purchase tickets and view schedule here.
3. Jess Looney: Boat Cruise Summer Series
“I’m from Ireland and I am the face behind the blog Charming Bitch. Since moving to Beacon Hill last September, I have loved exploring this wonderful city. The number one activity on my bucket list this summer is a Boston Boat Cruise. Great music, even better company and watching the sun go down whilst cruising the Charles will be a night to remember!”
4. Leah: Lawn on D
Leah from the blog Leah’s Life said “On my bucket list this summer is to make it to the Lawn on D. It looks like so much fun and should be a great way to spend a summer evening with the family. No cost, no drama, just fun with the family. Of course we may add in dinner after in the Seaport. There are so many great options now: Committee, Blue Dragon, Aceituna, Sportello, Row 34, Babbo Enoteca and so many more new options.”
5. Jen: New England Aquarium
Jen from Preppy Francophile told me: “The #1 thing that I am looking forward to doing this summer is going to the New England Aquarium. I am all about promotion conservation and sustainability. I also find the exhibits fascinating, and, during quieter times, the sharks and rays tanks where you can pet Stingrays is wonderful and therapeutic!”
6. Joy: SOWA
I couldn’t agree with Joy more! “SOWA Boston is my favorite thing to do in the summer! The fresh food at the farmers market is where everyone should begin their kitchen cupboards. The unique art & gifts from local artisans and shops are plentiful! Of course we can’t forget about the food trucks! We spend all morning and afternoon getting lost between all the local flair & flavor SOWA offers!”
7. Laura Chassaigne and Natalie Chassaigne Kurtzman: Charles River Esplanade
Laura and Natalie from The Boston Day Book said: “Summer in Boston is so beautiful! We are most looking forward to enjoying the sunshine and the breezes on the Esplanade, as well as beautiful sunsets and concerts there in the evening. Plus, now that we have little ones, spending some time at the Esplanade splash pad or playgrounds, with a treat from nearby J.P. Licks in hand, sounds great too!”
8. Kanika: Piers park in East Boston
Kanika runs a great blog The Talking Trails and she told me: “Summer gives you ample time and countless opportunities to enjoy Boston’s skyline over the water and watch the sunset all from the same spot at the same time! While there are many such places around MIT and seaport from where this million dollar view can be enjoyed , my personal favorite is Piers park in East Boston and LoPresti park in Maverick. An evening at any of these parks is bound to leave you satiated . For July 4 fireworks , these parks are perfect to beat the crowds and stuffed transportation.”
9. Marsha: Amorino on Newbury St
Last but certainly not least my friend Marsha told me about this great place on Newbury that is now a must try for me: “I can’t wait to grab some flower shaped gelato at Amorino on Newbury St!! Located in prime people watching territory, this little cafe is super cute and a great way to end a summer evening. I love the unique way they create their gelato cones, adding petals for each flavor you choose! They create a flower of flavors for you. To top it off, You can even add a macron to the center! You will definitely want to snap a picture of this beauty before eating”
Thank you all for reading! And big shout out to all the local bloggers who participated in this post, please go show them some love and if you liked this post be sure to like and share it!