There are still a few weekends left of good weather in MA and New England and you should try to make the most out of them! Labor day weekend is quickly approaching and while going away for the entire weekend may be too expensive for most of us, we may be able to squeeze one or two short day trips nearby to enjoy that great weather!
Based on my experience, I've compiled a list of 5 great places for summer day trips in Massachusetts (with one being not in MA but close enough ;) )
The place where the Obama's have spent their August vacation for the past few years. You've probably heard about the "Presidential summer music playlist" that Barack Obama posts every year; well, he listens to these songs in this little island. Just a short boat ride from Cape Cod ports such as Hyannis or Falmouth, this place is a great destination for a summer trip. If you leave early in the morning and are willing to stay into the evening, it's pretty easy to make it a day trip.
Another great island, near Martha's Vineyard to go during the summer. With summer houses and little local stores, it's a nice place to ride a bike around. It's also accessible via ferry from Hyannis and other ports. Get to the Cape early so you can make the most out of this day trip!
Portsmouth, NH (close enough to MA)
I was just here for the first time a few weekends ago! I'm including it on this list because it's just about an hour driving from Boston. Another great place for a summer day trip if you are more into old towns, restaurants and parks instead of sunbathing in the beach. Portsmouth is a nice little town to walk around, have good lobster at a seafood restaurant and get a craft beer at many of the local breweries. Definitely try to check out River House for lunch and Earth Eagle for a local beer.
This one is much closer to Boston - probably just about a 30 to 40 minute drive - so it's easier to make it a day trip. Some cool things about this beach include $5 all-day parking, it's dog friendliness and that it doesn't get as crowded as other more popular beaches.
If you are more of a nature lover instead of a beach swimmer, the Wachusett Mountain State Reservation may be a great place for you. Located about 1 - 1.5 hours west of Boston by car, this mountain is great for short and beginner-friendly hikes. I've been there a few times and it's always a great work out. The view from the top is pretty nice too! If you are in the mood for something refreshing afterwards, the Wachusett Brewery is only about 15 minutes away and has a great selection of local beers.
Now that you know these 5 great places for summer day trips in Massachusetts you'll want to make sure you look great when you go there. Check out our checklist of must-have accessories for this summer. Hope you enjoy the long weekend!