Whether you live in Boston or are planning a vacation here this summer, there's a lot to do just around the city for environmentally-conscious families. I've been itching to get back to the ocean ever since the temperature crept past 60°F, so I created a summer bucket list that will allow me to soak up all the warm sunshine and cool water I can!
Boston Harbor Islands
Getting to the Boston Harbor Islands
is just as fun as exploring them! Ferries leave daily from long wharf, and make stops at several different islands — bring a picnic, explore historic forts, birdwatch, or swim on the lifeguarded beaches! They also offer summer programs like yoga
and a sunset clambake
Charles River Kayaking
Rent a canoe or kayak for a unique view of Boston. Charles River Canoe & Kayak
has boat rentals, including paddles and life jacket, starting in Boston, Cambridge, Newton and Natick. They also offer guided tours and instruction for beginners.
Henry David Thoreau made Walden Pond
famous with his book of the same name, published in 1854. Step back in time to relive the quiet days Thoreau spent lakeside by hiking and swimming, and visiting the replica of his cabin.
Schooner Thomas E. Lannon
If you'd prefer to enjoy the water without getting in, Gloucester is home to the Schooner Thomas E. Lannon
. There are daily sails, including free sails for kids, and sunset music cruises throughout the summer.
What's your favorite summer destination for cooling down?
Photos: George_Wolfe/Flickr, rmricci/Flickr