Greater Boston isn't just a wonderful place to get your cultural fix. You'll also find some good ole fashioned fun. Thanks to four truly distinct seasons and a convenient location (by the ocean and a short drive to the mountains), you can take part in and watch pretty much any activity you can dream up. Go sailing in Boston Harbor. Spend the afternoon skating on Frog Pond in Boston Common. Head over to the TD Banknorth Garden for a Bruins or Celtics game. Have something else in mind? Your options are vast.
Some call crossing the street in Greater Boston an adventure, but you'll also discover the more traditional kind as well: hook up with groups like the Appalachian Mountain Club for seasonal hikes, canoe trips and other adventures.
Need to escape the city heat? Not a problem, there's a wide array of beautiful beaches right in the Boston area and just a short drive away — such as Winthrop Beach (to the north) and Wollaston Beach (to the south).
If you don't mind weaving around cars and pedestrians, you'll LOVE taking a guided bike tour — via Boston Bike Tours through Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and beyond.
Who needs a starry night when you have a well-lit skyline? Right in Boston Harbor are four islands — accessible by ferry — where camping is available. Otherwise, head north, south or west where you'll find a host of more conventional campgrounds.
For information about fishing in Massachusetts, please visit Mass Wildlife.
Golfers will feel at home in Greater Boston...Right in the area are 15 unique courses from which to choose — including the ever-popular Granite Links Golf Club and the George Wright and Franklin Park Golf Courses.
Think your options for seeing nature are limited in Boston? You may want to look into the 34 islands of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area, where you can enjoy beaches, trails, bird watching, and much more.
Coming for a visit in the summer? Along the Charles River, in Boston Harbor and in other areas around Greater Boston, you'll find opportunities to kayak, swim, sail, canoe, row and simply have a good time.
Getting face-to-face with a humpback, pilot or blue whale is certainly exciting. Yet a whale watch is also a quintessential way to experience Massachusetts, and you'll find a number of charter offerings right in Boston, leaving on a daily basis, from May-mid-October.
Get a taste of Ivy League life in the home of Harvard and MIT. And don't forget to take in the sunset along the Charles River in Harvard Square.Find: Lodging | Attractions
The shops and restaurants around Coolidge Corner are a great place to spend an afternoon, and you'll be just a short walk from the birthplace of John F. Kennedy.Find: Lodging | Attractions
Alive with modern and historical delights, Quincy is a great place to dine by the water, and get a glimpse into the fascinating life of John Adams at the Adams National Historic Site.Find: Lodging | Attractions
Sargent's murals. Wonders of Asian art. And traveling exhibitions of some of the world's most famous works. Find it all at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and stop by the museum café for an elegant lunch. Learn more>>
Arguably our nation's finest Presidential Library, and the very best source for all things Camelot. It's a short T ride to a museum that's thoroughly educational - and inspirational. Learn more>>
Finally, a museum where you're encouraged to touch the exhibits. The Children's Museum offers fun and education for all ages. Learn more>>
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