It doesn’t take millions in the bank to manage a great day trip of activities near the city of Boston, just some smart planning, creative ideas and an open-minded attitude towards exploring all of the excitement and fun this area has to offer the adventurous. Day trip fun can easily be achieved on even the strictest of family budgets, but for those stumped for ideas, here are five great options the next time sunshine and free time collide!
(Image: Old Town Trolley Tours)

(Image: Boston Trolley Tours)

Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston
3 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 269-7150

There’s certainly no shortage of history and classic architecture to be found and enjoyed within the area of Boston itself, with Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston making it possible for tourists and city newcomers to take a fun, guided trip throughout all of the city’s most famous landmarks. Plenty of photo opportunities and city stories will be shared with guests on this trolley tour, making Old Town Trolley Tours of Boston one of the most trusted and recommended trolley tour services within city limits.

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(Image: Roger Williams Zoo on Facebook)

(Image: Roger Williams Zoo on Facebook)

Roger Williams Park Zoo
1000 Elmwood Ave
Providence, RI 02905
(401) 785-3510

Heading south from the city of Boston proper, Roger Williams Park Zoo is a popular park and zoo destination for many Rhode Islanders, while also serving as one of the oldest operating zoos in the entire country. Beautiful landscapes and friendly staff are a given here at Roger Williams Park Zoo at any time during the year, but during the Halloween season, Roger Williams turns into Haunt Central, as pumpkins, lights and spooky decorations galore decorate the park and zoo, ensuring the couples, families and groups a frightful good time!

Revere Beach

Revere Beach

Revere Beach
Blue Line
Revere Beach
Revere, MA 02151

Talking about the opposite end of the seasonal spectrum, Revere Beach is a popular summer lazy spot for folks north of Boston, as “America’s First Public Beach” draws plenty of foot traffic on a daily basis during those hazy summer months. There shoreline seems to stretch out forever, making this a fine place to walk or exercise, although pet owners may wish to check out a different beach for a day trip, as Revere Beach does not allow dogs on beach premises during the summer.

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Plymouth Rock. (Photo by Paula Ebben-WBZ-TV)

Plymouth Rock (Photo by Paula Ebben-WBZ-TV)

Plymouth Rock
67-71 Water St
Plymouth, MA 02360

While it may be a little bit of a hike away from the city of Boston proper, Plymouth Rock is a worth the day trip for those seeking out a little slice of culture and history along the way. Plymouth Rock itself is a landmark-the landing place for the pilgrims-yet a trip here for a visit has the added side benefit of a day in the city of Plymouth itself, a town full of wonderful architecture, relaxing landscapes and cute, quaint shops. There are also plenty of cafes and coffee shops for a quick sip and bite, making a day trip here at Plymouth Rock a worthy idea.

Photo Credit: The Salem Witch Museum

Photo Credit: The Salem Witch Museum

Salem Witch Museum
19 Washington Sq
Salem, MA 01970
(978) 744-1692

Massachusetts is thought of as synonymous with its legendary legacy of the Salem Witch Trials, a fact which is remembered here at the Salem Witch Museum, alongside every other conceivable connection with witchcraft, Wicca, paganism and nature worshiping religions. Guided tours and a famous gift shop are just two of the popular attractions here at the Salem Witch Museum while the bevy of information and history available here makes a visit to Salem both educational and entertaining.

George Pacheco has been writing professionally about arts and entertainment for over a decade. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, George currently resides in a humble New England home with his wife, cat and massive music and film collection. His work can be found at