Guest Post from Shell Chic'd: New England To-Do List

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Your New England To-Do List: What to Do in + Around Boston Before Summer’s End!

Hi all! My name is Emily, and I blog over at shell chic’d about personal style, sweet treats, and New England life. As August is winding down (how did that happen?!), I thought I’d share some of my favorite things to do + places to visit in the Boston area so that you can get the most out of your last month of summer!

[ 1 ] Get to the beach!
Ok, maybe this is an obvious summer to-do item, but it really is incredible how many beaches we have within 30 miles of the city. If you want to stick really close by, Revere and Carson (Southie) Beaches are accessible by the MBTA, but if you’re willing to drive a bit out of the city, I recommend Plum Island in Newburyport, Duxbury Beach on the South Shore, or just about anywhere “down the Cape.” The Capeflyer train is now running on weekends to Hyannis, or if you want to rent a car for a beach day-trip, check out my post on Enterprise CarShare [and enter to win a free membership + driving credits!].

[ 2 ] Visit the Boston Harbor Islands
I think the BHI’s are one of the best-kept secrets of Boston. Georges and Spectacle are the two big ones— have a picnic and explore the historic Fort Warren on Georges, or hike, swim, and boat on Spectacle. Personally, I actually think the ferry rides over to the islands are just as fun as being on them as well :)

[ 3 ] Enjoy happy hour at a Boston roof deck bar
If we have to work all summer, might as well enjoy the season after leaving the office, right? I love happy hours in the summer because of all the outdoor bars in the city, but especially the ones with roof decks— my favorites are Legal Harborside in Seaport, Fiore in the North End, and Rooftop at Revere downtown. Sangria please!

[ 4 ] Take a lighthouse tour
I’ve recently become obsessed with visiting lighthouses, and feel so lucky to have so many to choose from living in New England. Here’s a full list of the Massachusetts lighthouses, and remember you can tour Boston Light on weekends through the Boston Harbor Islands association.

[ 5 ] Visit a harbor town.
Rockport, Gloucester, Scituate, Vineyard Haven— just a few of the ones we’ve made it to this summer. And most have been spontaneous trips as well, as it’s so easy to make the quick drive (or commuter rail train ride) there, have a lobster roll, some ice cream, do a little shopping, relax on the docks as you watch the boats come in, and make it back to the city by dinnertime!

So if you’re already in the area, or are visiting anytime this summer or next, I do hope these tips will help! Let me know what else you would put on your list. Many thanks to Lauren for having me today, come say hi anytime!


  1. great tips emily! i love visiting the harbor islands and plum island beach :)

  2. loving all these things about New England! I've spent alot of time at the beach this summer and it's the best!

  3. These tips are spot on. The Boston Harbor Islands definitely are some of the best places to visit in Boston during the summer months!!

    -Lindsey & Amanda

  4. These are EXCELLENT recommendations. Rattlesnake also has a great roofdeck to drink on that's tucked away right in the heart of the city!

  5. These suggestions are perfect!! I am even more excited to move into my dorm in 2 weeks and will definitely use the Capeflyer to get to the Cape!

    xo Tia

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