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Five Reasons To Visit Boston This Summer

May 10, 2014 6:00 AM

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Photo credit: Boston Harbor Islands/Facebook

Photo credit: Boston Harbor Islands/Facebook

Boston is known for its buildings, restaurants, parks and historical sites. Take some time this summer to explore even deeper with these summer activities. Head outside for a hike, relax on the beach or catch an outdoor show. Here are five good reasons to visit Boston this summer.
Photo credit: Boston Harbor Islands/Facebook

Photo credit: Boston Harbor Islands/Facebook

Georges Island
Boston Harbor
Boston, MA 02228
(617) 223-8666
www.bostonharborislands.org

Georges Island, one of the many Boston Harbor islands, is the home of Fort Warren. This fort dates back to the Civil War era and is known for its beautiful granite archways, and for being the home to a ghost known as The Lady in Black. Take a ferry over to the island where you can enjoy a stress-free walk through the fort and the surrounding areas. While you are there, explore the visitor center, browse the gift shop and enjoy an outdoor lunch at one of the many picnic shelters.

Photo credit: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company/Facebook

Photo credit: Commonwealth Shakespeare Company/Facebook

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company
231 Forest St.
Babson Park, MA 02457
(617) 426-0863
www.commshakes.org

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company performs the works of William Shakespeare free of charge for the Boston community. One of the more popular performances is Shakespeare on the Common, which is a fully staged production of a Shakespeare play. This is a summer tradition that began in 1996. There is no better way to see a Shakespeare play than on the grassy Boston Common in the open air. Other Commonwealth Shakespeare Company performances include Commonwealth Concerts, Shakespeare & Leadership, Shakespeare & the Law and Theatre in the Rough.

Photo credit: Boston Harborwalk

Photo credit: Boston Harborwalk

Boston Harborwalk
Boston Harbor
Boston, MA 02228
(617) 482-1722
www.bostonharborwalk.com

Take a summer stroll along the Harborwalk to get an up-close look at Boston and the surrounding communities. The Harborwalk takes you through the downtown district as well as waterfront neighborhoods, while displaying the diversity in this urban landscape. It is designed to take you from the city space to the water’s edge with various observation points along the way. Download a map of the Harborwalk here before beginning your journey. Don’t forget to check out the events page here to plan your walk accordingly.

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Photo credit: Boston Harborwalk

Photo credit: Boston Harborwalk

Belle Isle Marsh Reservation
Bennington St.
East Boston, MA 02228
(617) 727-5350
www.mass.gov

Belle Isle Marsh, the last remaining salt marsh in Boston, covers 241 acres, and most of it is open for exploration. This fertile land contains various plants and wildlife, many of which are rare to this area, that have flourished in this environment. Spend a day here walking the paths and looking out of the observation tower. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on one of the many benches or on one of the 28 acres of landscaped park.

Photo credit: Boston Harborwalk

Photo credit: Boston Harborwalk

Constitution Beach
East Boston, MA 02128
(617) 626-1250
www.mass.gov

Constitution Beach is a hidden gem and popular swimming spot. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer. There is a concession stand for snacks and a new bathhouse for changing at the end of the day. Take some time to relax under one of the sheltered benches where you can get a clear view of Logan Airport and Boston Harbor, or head over to the handball, tennis and basketball courts for some recreational fun.

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Kim Vareika is the owner of Vareika Personal Training and Yoga in Plainville. She has been in the fitness industry for over ten years, and believes that wellness is about more than just physical health. When she is not teaching, practicing, or writing, she resides in Bridgewater where she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her nephew Caesar. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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