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Things to Do in Boston in the Summer

Our Guide to the Best of the Season

From holiday festivals to bike rides around the city, there are so many great things to do in Boston in the summer, all while appreciating the beauty and history of this lovely city. Read on to discover our picks for some of the top seasonal events and activities that you can enjoy while visiting our Boston Back Bay hotel.

Boston Harborfest

Summer kicks into high gear during the annual Boston Harborfest, which culminates with the Boston Pops July 4th Fireworks Spectacular along the Charles River. The days leading up to the concert are filled with over 100 activities, including live performances, historical reenactments, and a fireworks display.

Shakespeare on the Common

The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company delights Boston area visitors and residents each year with a performance on the Common, the city’s centrally-located public park. The 2016 production of Love’s Labour’s Lost runs from July 20 to August 7, so grab a blanket and get there early to enjoy the work of William Shakespeare.

Boston Harbor Islands Cruises

Spectacle, Georges, Peddocks, Lovell’s—each island off the coast of Boston has its own unique personality. Get to know them all with a cruise to the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. These breathtaking landscapes are just minutes away from the city by boat and offer access to hiking trails, watersports, and other activities.

Outdoor Movie Screenings

Venues around town take advantage of the warmer months by hosting family-friendly outdoor movie nights. Enjoy a screening of a classic film at the Hatch Shell’s Free Friday Flicks or take your children along for a fun evening at the Prudential Center’s Family Film Festival.

Bike Tours

Rent a bike and explore on your own or take a guided tour through the winding streets of Boston. The historic landmarks, scenic parks, and charming architecture of the city can fill an entire summer afternoon with sightseeing. Stop along the way for a lobster roll or a pint of Sam Adams for a truly local experience.