Top Ten Boston Getaways

So much warm-weather activity, so little summer. Time to go wild before the maples turn crimson.
  1. Sea Kayak Hingham Cove
    Hingham Cove on the South Shore is the gateway to the Boston Harbor Islands. Watch out for tugboats.
  2. Bike the Cape Cod Canal
    Park under the Bourne Bridge (on the Cape side) and bike under the Sagamore Bridge as you pedal along the canal to the historic hamlet of Sandwich.
  3. Great Grape
    While you're in the Boston Harbor Islands, hiking Grape Island is one of the finer jaunts for getting lost in the woods.
  4. Hit Nauset Light Beach
    Let the crowds on the Cape fight for towel space on Nauset while you make your way to the bluffs of Nauset Light.
  5. Mountain Bike Wompatuck
    A web of doubletracks and dirt roads weave around this 3500-acre State Park in Hingham.
  6. Horseback Ride Blue Hills
    The Blue Hills trails not only attract hikers and bikers, but those on four legs as well. Call reservation headquarters at 617-698-1802 for a list of nearby stables.
  7. Canoe Essex River Basin
    Park the car across the street at Woodman's in Essex and go for a serene paddle on the Essex River to Hog Island.
  8. Sail Marblehead
    Bert Williams, founder of the Coastal Sailing School (781-639-0553;, has taught thousands how to sail in the Atlantic. He uses a 30-foot sloop for his courses in Marblehead.
  9. Surfcast for Blues
    August on Plum Island means the bluefish have finally arrived. Surfcast for these slick fighters at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
  10. Scuba Dive Cape Ann
    Why pay $15 for a lobster at a restaurant when you can find your own crustacean on the floor of the ocean? Contact Cape Ann Divers in Gloucester.

Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 14 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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