6 Fun Late-Summer Day Trips from Boston!

The lazy days of summer are winding down, and fall is right around the corner. Don’t put away the bathing suits and break out the sweaters just yet, though — there is still plenty of summer to enjoy! And what better way to make the most of this glorious season than a late-summer day trip? 

Provincetown

Distance from Boston: Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes by car, or 90 minutes by ferry

Provincetown is full of fun activities for the whole family! Take a tour on the Mayflower Trolley, ride through the dunes, visit one of the gorgeous beaches, enjoy the Circus by the Sea at the Payomet Performing Arts Center, check out the lighthouses and museums, and don’t forget to take the kids to visit Puzzle Me This, an amazing shop full of puzzles and brain teasers for all ages!

The Berkshires

Distance from Boston: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes

The beauty of the Berkshires holds magic for people of all ages! Whether you are looking for the serenity of gorgeous hiking trails or the excitement of white water rafting, you’ll find it here! Walk among the beautiful butterflies at Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory, channel your inner artist at Mass MOCA, check out the Norman Rockwell Museum, and see the beauty of it all on the Berkshire Scenic Railway!

And, on the way to the Berkshires, make a stop in Amherst to see the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Mystic Seaport

Distance from Boston: Approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes

Mystic, Connecticut, holds far more than just the Mystic Aquarium (though that is reason enough to visit!). Visit the Seaport Museum, explore the many hiking and biking trails, journey along the Mystic River, and wander through the shops downtown in this quintessential New England town! 

Dinosaur State Park

Distance from Boston: Approximately 2 hours

Calling all dinosaur lovers! A visit to Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, Connecticut, is the perfect day trip for you! Check out Jurassic fossil prints under the geodesic dome that are more than 200 million years old! The museum presents a bird’s-eye view of the dinosaur tracks that are preserved in the Mesozoic floodplain, dioramas of Triassic and Jurassic environments, and interactive exhibits for all to enjoy. The Dinosaur State Park Arboretum surrounds the exhibit center and contains more than 250 species of plant life that appeared in the time of the dinosaurs!

Flume Gorge

Distance from Boston: Approximately 2 hours

If you are looking for a spectacularly beautiful hike, the Flume Gorge in Lincoln, New Hampshire, is perfection. The Flume is a natural gorge extending 800 feet at the base of Mount Liberty, and the walls of Conway granite rise to a height of 70 to 90 feet and are 12 to 20 feet apart. Hikers climb stairs leading over the rushing water, through the center of the Gorge. The trail is approximately two miles long and takes about an hour and a half to traverse. While you are in the area, check out the Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves and mine for gemstones as you explore the 11 boulder caves! 

Salem

Distance from Boston: Approximately 30 minutes

Salem, Massachusetts, is rich with history and full of amazing things to do with the whole family! Follow the Salem Heritage Trail to learn more about this amazing town, and visit the Pioneer Village, America’s oldest living history museum. If you want to learn more about the witch trials, check out the Salem Witch Museum or the Salem Wax Museum! For the artistic crowd, don’t forget to check out the Peabody Essex Museum and the Punto Urban Art Museum. And don’t pass up the opportunity to celebrate Halloween year ’round at the Halloween Museum!

Deanna is a mom of five (yes, five) children, who lives in Brockton with her small circus of kids, her husband, their dog Penny, and a few cats. Her life is loud, energetic, mostly fun, often gross (did she mention four of those kids are boys?), and she wouldn't have it any other way. In between carting kids to school, baseball, gymnastics, guitar, dance, track and field and every other kid activity known to mankind, she works as a school bus driver for the city of Brockton, and is the Director of Religious Education at the Unity Church of North Easton, a Unitarian Universalist congregation. Deanna also holds degrees in Elementary Physical Education and Dance Education, which she plans to put back into use one day. At parties, Deanna can often be found hanging out with family pets. She follows her children around with a camera like the paparazzi, is pretty sure that 97% of her blood stream is made of coffee, and her laundry is never done. You can also find her blogging at https://eighteenmoreyearsofburpsandfarts.wordpress.com