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Posted by Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

As Labor Day weekend approaches, some folks seem to think that the summer’s boiling down to its end, but as far as we’re concerned, summer’s not over by a long shot!

So, with the entire month of September ahead, here at MassFinds, we’re ready to rave about a number of ways for you to extend your summer with something unique – an “Endless Summer List,” if you please.

Across Massachusetts’ six super regions, check out these activities, things to do, and local happenings that are a little different and a lot of fun:

Greater Boston:

Surely, a traditional tour of Boston is a no-brainer; catching a glimpse of our beloved city’s historic monuments and points of interest is a must for any Massachusetts native or newbie, but if you’re looking to spice it up with a classic yet innovative twist, then look to Hubway.

Hubway is a new public transportation system in Boston that consists of durable bicycles and docking stations located throughout the city that provide convenient and inexpensive mobility twenty-four hours a day.

24-hour and 3-day Access Passes are available for purchase at any Hubway station throughout the city, and provide for a quick, easy, and unique way to take in all that the city has to offer on two wheels.

For more information on biking in Massachusetts, click here. And make sure to stay up-to-date with Hubway on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo courtesy of the Hubway Facebook page.

Central Mass:

The EcoTarium, Worcester’s unique indoor-outdoor museum, offers an opportunity for outdoors enthusiasts and adventurers alike to embark on a memorable two-hour tree climbing expedition throughout their black oak savanna.

Participants will learn how to use tree climbing equipment from experienced climbers, and then put their newly equipped skills to use by ascending into the leafy canopy of one of the savanna’s giant oaks.

Tree climbing expeditions are offered through October 7th, and take place Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., as well as on Sundays at 2 p.m.  To make your reservations, call 508-929-2703.

Make sure to also find the EcoTarium on Facebook and Twitter. The EcoTarium is located at 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA 01604.

Photo credit: EcoTarium.org

North of Boston/Greater Merrimack Valley:

The Sunset Tiki Bar and Grill at Nashoba Valley located in Westford provides a unique outdoor dinning experience, “island-style!”

When we say, “island-style,” think tiki bar, music, great food and drinks, and a laid-back atmosphere along the water. Our words certainly won’t do the necessary praise, so check out this video:


The Sunset Tiki Bar and Grill is located at 79 Powers Road, Westford, MA 01886, and they can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

South of Boston:

With its attractive sites and great history, New Bedford is a great stop for anyone traveling through Massachusetts, and for those seeking a taste the local arts and cultural scene, AHA! New Bedford, a series of arts and cultural events in the city’s downtown area, has been entertaining residents and visitors alike for the entire summer.

AHA!, which stands for Arts, History and Architecture, takes place on the second Thursday of each month, and all are welcome to attend the events, which are free of charge. The upcoming AHA! on September 13, from 5-9 p.m. is themed New Bedford Cultures.

You can follow AHA! New Bedford on Facebook here and on Twitter here.

Photo: AHA! New Bedford, credit: AHA! Flickr page.

Cape & Islands:

There’s nothing like a bite of local, fresh seafood and catching a sunset – so, we’ll happily default to what is regularly considered the best of both!

Larsen’s Fish Market supplies some of the best fresh catches on Martha’s Vineyard daily, and it’s often noted that there’s no better place to watch the sun go down than Menemsha Public Beach – so why not combine both for the ultimate, picturesque Vineyard experience?

We’ll let the photo do the talking:

Photo: Menemsha Sunset © Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism

Larsen’s is open seven days a week and can be reached at 508-645-2680. The sunsets at Menemsha, like many of the best things in life, are free!

Western Mass:

No trip to the Bay State would be complete without visiting Western Massachusetts and the Berkshires, where iconic scenery has inspired writers and artists for centuries.

So, if you’re searching for a special Berkshire experience, try dining at the highest point in the state atop Mount Greylock at Bascom Lodge.

Enjoying a delectable bite to eat atop the states highest point is sure to satisfy anyone’s taste of good time. For an in-depth glance at all that Bascom Lodge has to offer, check out our recent post here. To make reservations, call 413-743-1591. You can like Bascom Lodge on Facebook here.

Photo credited to Monika Sosnowski & the Bascom Lodge Group.

That does it, folks; six great ways to extend your summer in Massachusetts. Do you have any additions to add to our list? Share them in the comments below. 🙂

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  • Great tips and destinations here! I love living up the Cape until Fall! For those planning their trips, we’ve got some great vacation rentals around the MA area over at http://rentini.com 🙂

    • Anonymous

      Many thanks for the kind words! 🙂

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