Cool places to visit near Boston for a day-trip

 

We understand that with quarantine, you can’t go to Fenway Park to watch the Sox games. You can’t fathom taking a ferry to the Cape. All you’re stuck with is lying on your couch and watching Friends on Netflix.

It turns out; there’s a lot more you can do (if you can take your eyes away from Monica and Chandler). We have compiled a list of places close to Boston that will instantly excite the wanderlust deep inside you and yes, don’t forget to keep an eye for parking updates on these scenic spots.

Nantasket Beach

45min drive

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Most Massachusetts beaches are about 2 hours away from Boston. However, Bostonians can go to Nantasket Beach, which is just 45 minutes away! With plenty of parking right in between the restaurants and beaches, tourists will have no trouble touring the entire beach in one day. There are fantastic seafood restaurants and quaint shops to satisfy the explorer in you. And of course, relax on the serene sandy beach while the cool ocean breeze goes past you. Currently, the Nantasket Beach Main Parking Lot is closed but check their website for updates on the availability and pricing of other spaces.

Blue Hills Reservation

35min drive

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Boston is no Aspen; that’s why we have the Blue Hills. Only half an hour away from Boston, Blue Hills is a quick drive to a beautiful weekend hike. What awaits you is a 7,000-acre reservation with 125 miles of magnificent hiking trails and an unbeatable view of the Boston city skyline! Go on their website for more information regarding parking and an awesome map of the reservation.

Quincy Quarries

20min drive

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The Quincy Quarries is a hidden gem that boasts a beautiful graffiti haven and a spectacular granite climb. Often considered the United States’ first-ever railroad, it is truly a sight to behold. Further, there is a medium-sized parking lot right outside the quarries, so don’t sweat it on parking. Among many things, the Quincy Quarries is also another great place to view the Boston skyline. For information on parking and other activities, visit their website.

World’s End

45min drive

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Become one with nature at the ironically titled World’s End – a 251-acre park and conservation area that offers 4.5 miles of walking paths. With a nominal $8 entrance fee, Bostonians can view nature at its best without worrying about parking. If you are lucky, you may be able to spot a wandering deer; otherwise, just lay on the grass and listen to pleasant birds chirping. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, visitors will need to acquire passes to enter and park their car which can be found on their Trustee’s website.  

Hampton Beach, New Hampshire

1h drive

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Many New Englanders have turned Hampton Beach into one of their traditional summer destinations, as Cape is quite far for Bostonians. Hampton Beach has tons of shops and restaurants (open for outdoor dining) to enjoy a fun-filled trip! Check out their website for the latest updates on parking. 

 

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