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10 Can't-Miss Summer Attractions in Boston

Be Sure to Visit These 10 Hotspots During Boston's Hottest Season

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Whether you’re visiting Boston this summer, or if it’s simply been a while since you’ve visited some of the city’s most frequented spots, here are 10 can’t-miss attractions to make sure and discover this season.

Boston Harbor Islands

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The islands are some of Boston’s hidden gems, just a stone’s throw – or a ferry ride, at least – from downtown. Grab the ferry from Long Wharf North to arrive at either Georges or Spectacle Islands, or transfer at Georges to arrive at one of Peddocks, Lovells, Grape, or Bumpkin. Thompson Island can be reached via a separate ferry that leaves from the EDIC Pier in South Boston. Fares are just $15 round-trip for adults, $9 for children ages 3-11.

The Seaport District

The Seaport District has become one of Boston’s most vibrant areas in recent years, with an influx of restaurants that have truly transformed the area. In the summer, the dining options sparkle, with a number, including Jerry Remy’s, that throw open their glass doors, providing unparalleled harbor side dining.

Faneuil Hall Marketplace

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With 20 million visitors per year, do you realize that more people visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace than do the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World (17.1 million)? Though it can be a tourist trap, that also makes it a fine place to sit in the sun and people watch, with visitors from all around the world visiting the marketplace.

Swan Boats

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There are few things that define summer in Boston that the Swan Boats at the Public Garden. Re-visit this Boston tradition whether it’s with a loved one, or younger ones who have yet to experience the classic ride. Adults can ride for just $2.75; children ages 2-15 for a mere $1.50.

Duck Tours

Duck Tours are one of the most popular ways for tourists to visit some of the most historic spots in the city. There are two such companies within Boston – Boston Duck Tours and Super Duck Tours. Tickets range from $10 for children to $35 for adults, depending on which outfit, or tour you plan to take. See here for more information.

Fenway Park

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Spend a summer evening at Fenway Park, and it’s clear why it’s generally considered by many the best ballpark in the Major Leagues. Red Sox tickets – despite the “sellout” streak – can be had by visiting the box office most evenings, or by logging on to www.redsox.com. Tickets range from $12-$165, face value. Tickets can also be secured by visiting secondary ticket markets such as Ace Ticket and Stubhub.

The North End

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The sights, sounds, and especially the smells of Italian cuisine filter through the North End like no other time of the year during summer. It’s the perfect place for a date night, to do some boutique shopping, or to grab a dessert at world famous bakeries Modern Pastry and Mike’s Pastry. A wide range of festivals also populate the neighborhood's streets every summer.

Sail the Charles River

What better way to learn the art of sailing than a summer excursion on the Charles River with the Boston skyline hovering over you? Community Boating offers a number of lessons and schedules for both beginners and those looking to hone the craft to a further level. Visit www.community-boating.org for complete information and pricing.

Boston Harborfest

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Harborfest is the annual six-day celebration surrounding the Fourth of July, one of Boston’s most popular evenings, when the sky lights up accompanied by the Boston Pops. But fireworks are just part of the festivities, which range from the popular Chowderfest to a whole host of activities throughout the downtown area. Visit here for more information.

Newbury Street

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If summer shopping is on your mind, head to the very chic Newbury Street, where a number of boutique stores, art galleries, and popular restaurants await. There are few summer afternoons when walking down Newbury isn’t a great way to enjoy one of the most beautiful roads in the Back Bay.

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