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Spread Your Wings: Things to Do in Massachusetts This Summer

Summertime is here, and with it, so many plans for fun with family and friends. For seniors in the Boston area, or for family members planning a visit to see their loved ones, Massachusetts is a spectacular destination for summer adventures. Our relatively small state is filled with historical sites, quaint and picturesque towns, scenic vistas and so much more. 

“While Boston is known as a hopping destination for locals and visitors alike, heading outside the city limits can be a great option for those who want to explore everything the Bay State has to offer,” says Jake Quigley, Executive Director of Waterstone at the Circle. “From the college towns of Boston and Cambridge, to the historic site of Plymouth Rock, to the picturesque Cape Cod, Massachusetts has a little bit of something for everyone.”

Take a trip through time on Boston’s Freedom Trail 

Walk the path of our nation’s forefathers on the historic three-mile Freedom Trail through Boston. The way is marked by red brick and brass medallions, starting at the Boston Common Visitor Center and winding to the Charlestown Navy Yard, where the USS Constitution stands as a testament to time. Along the way, you’ll pass by shops, restaurants and more – all perfect spots to relax a bit and enjoy the beautiful weather. 

Sun yourself on a Cape Cod beach

The Cape Cod National Seashore stretches 40 miles along the eastern coast of Massachusetts, and due to conservation efforts, the white sands look as pristine as they did in the 1800s. Hike through the Atlantic White Cedar Swamp Trail, visit the Salt Pond Visitor Center or simply unroll a blanket and grab your sunscreen. 

Follow the road to revolution

Battle Road in Minute Man National Historical Park allows visitors to follow the route that British soldiers took as they marched from Boston and launched the beginning of the American Revolution. Along the way, you’ll also be able to see historic battle sites as well as artifacts from the war.

Shop in historic elegance at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace

This historic building began its life as a market hall and public meeting spot. These days, it’s one of the best places in Boston to shop, dine and people-watch. The ground floor is filled with market halls and food stalls, while the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Museum on the top floor gives a peek into Boston’s military history. 

Catch a glimpse of colonial life 

At the living history museum, Plimoth Plantation, you can watch costumed actors recreate what it was like to live in early colonial America. Watch and learn as the people go about their daily tasks, including military training, cooking, gardening, blacksmithing and more. Plimoth Plantation also has a re-creation of a Wampanoag village at Hobbamock's Homesite, a re-creation of a Wampanoag village, where visitors can learn about life for Native Americans and see artifacts and dwellings. Finally, don’t forget to visit the Mayflower II, a full-scale reproduction of the famous boat the Pilgrims sailed to the New World.

Discover the trials and tribulations of Salem

As the home of America’s witch trials, the port town of Salem is filled with sites, tours and homages to this dark time in American history. But that’s not all that Salem has to offer. This wealthy town housed many merchants and sea captains, as well as the renowned author Nathaniel Hawthorne. Visit the inspiration for the House of Seven Gables and tour the beautiful mansions that are now historic sites. Those interested in the China Trade (the trade line that turned Salem into a destination) can visit the Peabody Essex Museum to view collections, learn about the participants and visit an original 18th-century home from China's Huizhou region. 

Go whale-watching in Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

Located at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary is one of the world’s best whale-watching sites, as well as one of the most biologically diverse ocean environments. The site is visited by several different species of whales, seals, harbor porpoises, dolphins and other marine life. 

Cheer on the Sox

Grab a foam finger and hit Fenway Park to watch the Boston Red Sox swing for the fences. Walk along the Green Monster, bring your catcher’s mitt and don’t forget to grab a hot dog from the concession stand. There’s no better way to spend a sultry summer night with the family. 

Be serenaded by the Boston Symphony Orchestra

In the summer months, the famous Boston Symphony Orchestra heads to the Berkshires for the acclaimed Tanglewood Summer Season. For 2019, BSO Music Director Andris Nelsons will kick off the season with nine concerts in July, featuring Emanuel Ax, Anne-Sophie Mutter, the Tanglewood debut of Polish - Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki and a BSO-commissioned world premiere with soprano Renée Fleming. 

Journey to an idyllic island off the coast of Cape Cod

Martha's Vineyard is five miles away from the southern coast of Cape Cod and a world away from the hustle and bustle of Boston. With beaches, weathered summer homes, lighthouses and ocean everywhere you look, it’s no wonder this has become a year-round destination for tourists and locals alike. 

Get your culture on at world-class museums (among other things)

Boston is home to some of the world’s leading academic centers as well as a cultural hub of museums, arts performances, theatre and so much more. The Harvard Art Museums are world-renowned and house some of the finest collections of art, sculpture and antiquities. Just outside of Fenway Park is the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Interested in more Americana art? Head to the Berkshires to visit the largest Norman Rockwell museum in the world. 

“New England and especially Massachusetts is a perfect summer destination, whether you’re only visiting or considering making it your home,” says Jake. “Waterstone at the Circle is located right in the middle of it all, and we’re excited to help our residents explore everything the city and the state has to offer. Come and visit us this summer to see what our luxury retirement community – and the Bay State – is all about.”

If you’d like to learn more about Massachusetts in the summer, or if you’re wondering how a luxury retirement community like Waterstone at the Circle can help you live a vibrant, active and fulfilled life, contact us today at 617.431.1880.

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