If you’re buying a home for sale in Boston, you’ll be glad that there’s always something to see or do in this fabulous city. We’re sure you’ll have exploration on your To-Do list, but if you’re looking for some ideas for great day trips, we have you covered.
3 Great Day Trips from Boston
Boston is teeming with museums, restaurants, art galleries and attractions, but if you’re ready for a little change of scenery, check out:
- Martha’s Vineyard
- Lexington and Concord
90.7 miles from Boston
Take a trip to Martha’s Vineyard – best-known as a summer destination, but noteworthy at any time of year – and explore lighthouses, the gingerbread cottages at Oak Bluffs, Aquinnah Cliffs, historic Edgartown’s art galleries, or the gorgeous shoreline. You may not be able to squeeze all six towns that comprise the famed area in one day, but you can take your pick between:
- Oak Bluffs
- West Tisbury
This beautiful area, divided into “up-island” and “down-island” sections by the locals, has a rich seagoing tradition. Long ago, Martha’s Vineyard sent whaling ships all over the globe. There are a number of history museums and historical markers all over the island, which you can enjoy at your leisure.
Lexington and Concord
Concord: 19.6 miles from Boston
Lexington: 20.7 miles from Boston
If you’re a history buff, Lexington and Concord need to be on the top of your sightseeing list. The first shots of the American Revolution were fired here on April 19, 1775. Then, the first real battle of the war took place nearby in Concord. You can visit the restored 1710 Buckman Tavern where the militia men gathered in Lexington.
In Concord, you can explore the origins of American literature – people such as Louisa May Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Ellery Channing and Henry David Thoreau penned famous works here. You can see places such as Alcott’s Orchard House, Walden Pond, and Author’s ridge in the gorgeous Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Explore the Concord Museum or tour the historic Battle Road, or check out local activities such as The Liberty Ride.
15 miles from Boston
Salem, Massachusetts was once a very important port – and it was the center of America’s prosperous trade with China, as well as the site of a stain on early American history: the Salem Witch Trials.
Several historic homes in Salem are open for tours, allowing you to view pristinely preserved antiquities and arts brought from the Far East in the earliest years after the country’s founding. In fact, many experts consider Salem to be New England’s finest assemblage of historic homes from this period.
You can visit the Phillips House, which preserves five generations of one family’s heritage; the Hawkes House; Derby House; and the interior of the Gardner-Pingree House. You can also tour the Crowninshield-Bentley House and the John Ward House, both part of the Peabody Essex Museum, which features countless treasures. Perhaps the most well-known historic home is the House of Seven Gables, made famous by author Nathaniel Hawthorne (whose home you can also tour).
You can explore through guided tours or on your own, enjoy a wide range of locally owned restaurants, cafés and shops, or visit museums for a full day before heading home to Boston.
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