How To Visit Massachusetts This Summer

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There are a whole lot of places to see and things to do around Massachusetts during the summer months.

Fortunately, there are a whole lot of ways to travel around Massachusetts, too, so you need not miss out.

Here’s a quick guide to what’s new this summer in terms of transportation and how you can use it to make the most of your time in the Commonwealth.

Through the Air

While the Berkshires in Western Mass have long been a popular destination for New York residents who like to escape the city, there will soon be a new and easy way for those in the tri-state area to experience the other side of Massachusetts. On June 26, Jet Blue will begin nonstop service from New York City to Hyannis, whisking travelers from JFK Airport to Barnstable Municipal Airport in less than 90 minutes. As of now, the flights are scheduled to run through September of 2014.

Hyannis

Photo: Channel Point in Hyannis, MA

Outside of the new flight to the Cape, visitors and residents can also enjoy easy aerial access to the Islands, which are always a treat during summer. Nantucket Air offers daily flights to and from Hyannis, while Cape Air can carry passengers from Hyannis to Martha’s Vineyard. For a complete survey of your airborne Massachusetts travel choices, click here.

Along the Tracks

For many travelers, it’s a bit easier to fly into Boston’s Logan Airport than it is Hyannis directly. Thanks to the Cape Flyer, which was introduced last year, those visitors can still explore Cape Cod with ease and without renting a car.

The Flyer, which added a new stop in Wareham this year, runs regularly on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with a few additional days of service before and after major holidays. You can find ticket info and a detailed schedule here and here, as well as much more on Amtrak in Massachusetts.

Amtrak Acela Express

Photo: Amtrak Acela Express in transit

Atop the Water

If you’d like to spend some time on the ocean on your way to some time by the ocean, there’s plenty to choose from there, too. For those visiting Martha’s Vineyard, SeaStreak provides a comfy aquatic option from New York City, Boston or New Bedford. Of, if you want to zip from Boston to Provincetown, Boston Harbor Cruises can make it happen in 90 minutes. The full range of Massachusetts ferries offer access to Salem, Plymouth and Cape Cod, in addition to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, of course.

Vineyard Ferry

Photo: Hi-speed ferry to Martha’s Vineyard

On the Ground

Given how much there is to do in Boston, there might be at least weekend or two you spend inside the city this summer. The T can take you from Point A to Point B and includes a wide range of sights, with the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and New England Aquarium being just two of the potential stops. And, if you’re one to stay out late on the weekend, the T does run until 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Central Square

Photo: Central Square MBTA Stop in Cambridge, MA

For more information on the numerous ways to travel to and around Massachusetts, just click here. You can also browse lodging spots for your stay in the Commonwealth here.

How do you like to experience a new place when you travel there for the first time? Tell us below in the comments!

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