Six things to do in Boston this summer
Summertime in Boston is truly amazing, and there are so many opportunities for students to explore. So, for those of you who will be around this summer, here are six adventurous activities to do in Boston that will make you want to spend the rest of your summers in the city.
- Canoe on the Charles River
Want a great way to get some exercise on the water and enjoy the sunshine? Paddle Boston offers inexpensive options for both canoeing and kayaking down the Charles River. You can bring a friend along and split the cost. $17/hour for a canoe and $19/hour for a kayak.
- Visit the Boston Harbor Islands
One of the truly unique things about Boston is the ability to "get away" so close to the city. The Boston Harbor Islands are an oasis of serenity just off the shore of the city. It's a quick ferry ride from Long Wharf to Spectacle Island, where you can go for a long walk, hike, and enjoy a picnic with friends. Ferry tickets are only $15 per person, and run throughout the day.
- Explore the Institute of Contemporary Art
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) offers free admission on Thursday nights from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The ICA is located in the up-and-coming Seaport district, a perfect place to enjoy a warm summer night. Check out the latest collections for free and then head over to a local restaurant to sit outside and enjoy dinner on the water.
Photo by Chris Wood
Photo by Brandon Baunach
- Take an outdoor yoga class
Various organizations around the city offer outdoor yoga classes (most are free)! Starting July 9, the Esplanade Association will offer sunset yoga classes once a week. June 5 through August 28, Frog Pond at Boston Common will have outdoor yoga classes Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m., and The Liberty Hotel will have classes every Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
- Attend a concert at the Boston Public Library
Starting June 1, the Boston Public Library (BPL) will have free concerts in their courtyard every Friday at 12:30 p.m. Music will range from jazz to classical. Visit the BPL website to see the schedule of performances.
- Observe the stars
The Judson B. Coit Observatory at Boston University welcomes you to view the sky through their telescopes and binoculars every Wednesday night starting at 8:30 p.m. during the spring and summer (weather permitting). Public Open Night at the observatory is completely free.
Simmons is fortunate to be located in a city that offers so many great activities for residents to take part in. If you're staying this summer or happen to be visiting Simmons for a campus tour or first-year student orientation, make sure to take advantage of these opportunities.