The Best Day Trips from Boston to Explore New England’s Beauty

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The 16 Best Day Trips from Boston

Boston may have its charm, but sometimes you need a break from the bustling city streets. Luckily, New England has a plethora of nearby destinations that make for perfect day trips from Boston. From picturesque seaside villages to historic towns and stunning mountain vistas, there’s something for everyone. So grab your friends or significant other, and embark on a ferry, train, or automobile adventure to one of these lovely destinations. And when you’re back in Boston, you’ll be refreshed and ready to explore the best the city has to offer.

1. Newport, RI

Step into the Gilded Age by visiting the Newport mansions, the epitome of grandeur. Don’t miss The Breakers, the most impressive of them all. Take a leisurely stroll along the Cliff Walk for breathtaking ocean views, or relax at Easton’s Beach. Explore the charming shops and eateries on Thames Street, and dine at the White Horse Tavern, America’s oldest restaurant. Make sure to check out Bowen’s Wharf and Goat Island for even more dining and shopping options.

2. Portland, ME

Discover the vibrant arts scene in Portland, Maine. Visit the I.M. Pei-designed Portland Museum of Art and catch a show at the State Theatre. Indulge in the diverse food scene, with highlights including Cong Tu Bot for Vietnamese cuisine and Evo Kitchen + Bar for Mediterranean twists. Don’t miss the charming West End arts district and the historic Press Hotel, home to the vibrant locavore haunt, Union.

3. Newburyport, MA

Immerse yourself in history at the Newburyport Historic District, listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Explore the Cushing House Museum & Garden and the Custom House Maritime Museum. Enjoy concerts at Waterfront Park and grab a gourmet sandwich at Joppa Fine Foods. Indulge in classic seafood at The Black Cow or visit the Newburyport Brewing Company for a taste of local beer. Don’t forget to explore neighboring Plum Island for beautiful views.

4. Gloucester, MA

Experience the legacy of shipbuilding and fishing in Gloucester. Pay your respects at the Fishermen’s Memorial and explore the Cape Ann Museum. Dine on straight-off-the-boat seafood at Tonno or enjoy ocean views at Beauport Hotel. Take a cruise around the harbor with Beauport Cruise Lines. Don’t miss the breathtaking beauty of Gloucester Harbor.

5. Salem, MA

Delve into the history of the Salem Witch Trials at The Witch House and explore the Peabody Essex Museum. Visit the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion and tour the house that inspired “The House of the Seven Gables.” Enjoy a play or show at the Firehouse Center for the Arts. Indulge in delicious meals at Ledger or Settler.

6. Provincetown, MA

Discover the vibrant arts scene and LGBT community in Provincetown. Explore the bustling Commercial Street and attend one of the many events and festivals. Indulge in classic lobster rolls at the famous Lobster Pot and climb the Pilgrim Monument for stunning views. Feast on innovative seasonal dishes at Strangers & Saints and enjoy the beautiful Cape Cod National Seashore.

7. Ogunquit, ME

Enjoy the charm of Ogunquit, home to the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and the Barn Gallery. Take a nature walk in the Napatree Point Conservation Area and explore the town’s shops and vintage carousel. Have lunch at the Olympia Tea Room and cocktails at Ocean House.

8. Concord, MA

Step back in time in Concord and explore the Old North Bridge and the Minute Man National Historical Park. Visit Walden Pond and Orchard House. Enjoy a picnic lunch from The Concord Cheese Shop and savor dinner at Woods Hill Table or 80 Thoreau.

9. Providence, RI

Experience the culinary delights of Providence, home to Johnson & Wales University’s College of Culinary Arts. Dine at Hemenway’s, Waterman Grille, or Aleppo Sweets. Explore Waterplace Park and attend the annual WaterFire program. Don’t miss the Trinity Repertory Company and the Rhode Island School of Design’s museum.

10. Mystic, CT

Step into an idyllic New England town in Mystic. Visit the Mystic Aquarium and the Mystic Seaport Museum. Enjoy a day sail or sunset cruise with Argia Mystic Cruises. Indulge in sweet treats from Sift Bake Shop and savor a Connecticut lobster roll at The Shipwright’s Daughter.

11. Falmouth, MA

Relax in Falmouth, located on the southwestern part of Cape Cod. Enjoy the beaches and boutiques. Visit the Falmouth Museums on the Green and explore the Shining Sea Bike Trail. Don’t miss the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Ocean Science Discovery Center.

12. Lexington, MA

Discover the history of Lexington by biking down the Minuteman Bikeway. Visit the historic Battle Green and explore the mom-and-pop shops in Lexington Center. Dine at il Casale or enjoy a rustic-chic meal at The Inn at Hastings Park’s Town Meeting Bistro.

13. Kittery, ME

Shop and dine in Kittery, known for its shopping outlets and historic Naval Yard. Enjoy fried clams at Bob’s Clam Hut and explore the Tributary Brewing Company. Visit Wallingford Square in Kittery Foreside and indulge in delicious meals at Anneke Jans or Anju Noodle Bar.

14. Stockbridge, MA

Experience the beauty of the Berkshires in Stockbridge. Visit the Red Lion Inn and explore Main Street. Discover the Norman Rockwell Museum and other art institutions. Don’t miss the Tanglewood Music Center and the opportunity to tour Edith Wharton’s home, The Mount.

Embark on one of these incredible day trips from Boston and discover the wonders of New England. From historic sites to natural beauty, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So pack your bags, hop in your car or book a ticket, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure.

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