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How to beat the heat in Boston

view of boston city skyline and river with multiple boats on a sunny day

Boston is a city blessed with four distinct seasons, so when summer arrives, locals know how to get the most from the long days and warm evenings. With a river winding its way through our city, and our location on the coast, it’s no surprise that time on the water is one of best ways to stay cool while taking in the sights. From a Boston harbor cruise to a Charles River boat cruise and more, there’s something for everyone.

Enjoy the river

If you’re looking for an active way to explore the city, consider a paddle on the Charles River. The Esplanade is a large riverside park, and here, throughout the summer, you can rent kayaks by the day. It’s a great way to see Boston from a unique vantage point. Reservations are recommended.

Here, you can join the Esplanade Association’s free monthly Guided Tours. Discover the background of the park and its wildlife. The walking tours are 90 minutes long. Advanced registration is required.

If your idea of sightseeing is on a boat, then our city has a unique option: the famous Boston Duck Boats. The “Duck Boats” are amphibious and inspired by the World War II landing vehicles. Take a narrated tour through the historic streets of Boston, then experience the fun as the vehicle enters the Charles River. The Duck Boats leave from three locations: The Museum of Science, the Prudential Center and the New England Aquarium.

Explore the harbor

Another wonderful way to get out on the water this summer is on one of the Boston harbor city cruises. Leaving from Long Wharf, join one of the fully narrated one-hour tours. From stories from the Revolutionary War, to views of the Bunker Hill Monument and the USS Constitution (also known as Old Ironsides) it’s a great way to take in the scope and scale of our city and history.

If you’re looking for a distinctive and historic means of exploring our city’s harbor, consider a Boston sunset cruise on the 80-foot schooner Adirondack III. These two-hour tours inspire memories. Or consider stepping aboard the classic yacht Northern Lights. With its mahogany bar and welcoming seating throughout, it’s a distinctly elegant way to take in Boston’s captivating skyline.

Splash with the kids

Want to keep the kids cool and have fun too? Visit one of the spray parks around Boston. A short stroll from Boston Park Plaza is Boston Common, where The Frog Pond turns into a spray pool in the summer.

Or visit Rings Fountain at Dewey Square, along the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The water fountains come to life, letting kids be kids. With food trucks to keep everyone well fed, and a farmer’s market, it’s a vibrant space in the heart of our city.

Boston is a great city to explore in the summer. Speak with one of our Concierges, plan ahead and you’ll be ready to get the most of your time in our city this summer.


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