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Summer 2020 Activities

The Best Ways to Enjoy Summertime in Boston

It’s no secret that we’re living in uncertain times. Concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic have caused many people to rethink how they plan to enjoy their summer. 

Of course, Hope the Bear and the rest of the team at The Inn at Longwood Medical understand this better than most. Given our unique position serving the medical community, we’ve gotten lots of very important advice and guidelines regarding how best to keep our guests and staff as safe as we can. And since one of the most frequent questions both the concierge and front desk get is, “What’s there to do around here?” Hope and the rest of us have really put on our thinking caps. 

To that end, she’s come up with plenty of fun things to see and do in Boston this summer — activities that allow for social distancing and represent a very low risk for our guests and their families.  

Please enjoy our suggestions for what to do in Boston during your summer visit.

Head To the ZooThe Franklin Park Zoo is open. But note: Online reservations are REQUIRED for both members and general admission ticket buyers in order to help manage capacity limits and minimize contact at the entrance. All guests over the age of two years are expected to wear masks (unless prohibited by a medical condition). If you plan to visit, The Inn at Longwood Medical has a fantastic zoo-inclusive travel package.

Tour the Massachusetts State House – The Massachusetts State House was designed by notable architect Charles Bulfinch. With a cornerstone laid by Samuel Adams in 1795 and a dome coppered by Paul Revere in 1802, this gem represents a piece of living history. The building’s marble-floored corridors and spacious rooms are filled with important artworks depicting our state’s time-honored heritage. Docents offer free walking tours of the building from 10:00am – 3:30pm daily. Tours are scheduled to begin again in July and span approximately 45 minutes. Call (617) 727-3676 to schedule your visit.

Rent a Bike – Boston has many picturesque bike trails that cover nearly the entire city. Take a ride around Fenway Park and Kenmore Square, or head over the Charles River to take a ride to Cambridge. Pedal along the river to the Esplanade or ride with Urban AdvenTours on the scenic Emerald Necklace Route. Our guests will find a Hub Bike Rental station right across the street from the hotel.   

Have a Picnic at Boston Public Gardens or Boston Common – Boston is lucky to have some of the oldest and most beautiful public park spaces in the country. Boston Common, founded in 1634, is the oldest public park in America. Here you’ll experience the echoes of 350 years of extraordinary history. You can also enjoy a leisurely walk from The Inn at Longwood Medical to the Riverway along the famous Boston Muddy River in the Back Bay FensVictory Gardens in the Fenway area is one of only two remaining victory gardens in the U.S. dating back to World War II. The Fens also offers a public athletic track and field if you’re looking to get in a jog.

Walk the Freedom Trail – Stroll your way through history! Enjoy many outdoor venues and sites such as the Granary and Kings Chapel Burial Grounds, where signers of the Declaration of Independence are interred. The Freedom Trail is scheduled to reopen June 29. Of course, we encourage everyone to wear a protective mask and practice safe social distancing while walking the Trail and its sites.

Visit Our Churches – Boston is home to some truly beautiful and historic houses of worship. Cathedral of the Holy Cross was just recently restored and renovated and is one of the city’s best. Don’t miss The Old North Church, where history happened during the American Revolution. Also of note, King’s Chapel was established in 1686 as the first Anglican congregation in New England. Visitors also enjoy seeing St. Leonard Church and the North End Boston Basilica, which includes the Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.  

Enjoy A Meal Along Boston’s famous Waterfront – Boston’s Waterfront is home to many excellent and world-famous restaurants, including:   

  • Rooftop Pool at the Colonnade Hotel –  Enjoy rooftop pool and dining, with full bar service. Margaritas, burgers, and lobster rolls are all specialties here.  
  • Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House – The Prudential Center location of the steakhouse chain is open for patio seating for lunch and dinner daily. Reservations are available via OpenTable or by calling (617) 259-1568.
  • The Lawn on D – Their outdoor event space will be converted into an outdoor dining area for the summer, starting on June 12. 
  • James Hook & Company – Featuring live lobster and fresh seafood delivered daily since 1925. Take your food to go or dine outside.   
  • Ned Devine’s – Ned Devine’s patio will reopen on June 11. The dining area will be open from 11:30am – 8pm daily. Hours are extended to 9pm Thursday and 10pm Friday and Saturday. Reservations are highly recommended
  • Tasty Burger – The Fenway location of Tasty Burger has reopened its patio as of June 8, offering full-service dining.
  • Harpoon Brewery – A beeratorium and gastropub offering elevated bar fare, as well as a wide range of local, national, and craft brews sure to please even the most discerning palate. 

Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum – Two of Boston’s most popular museums are expected to reopen in July. Additionally, The Museum of Science and The New England Aquarium are looking to welcome guests back by the end of June or early July. 

Go ShoppingNewbury Street is Boston’s most celebrated retail thoroughfare, encompassing eight blocks filled with excellent salons, chic boutiques, and delicious dining. Copley Mall is another favorite of locals and visitors alike, offering something for everyone.        

Hop on the Ferry – Take a fast ferry from Boston to Provincetown beginning on June 22, 2020. Starting June 29, Boston Harbor Cruises is also scheduled to begin service to Provincetown.  

Bring the Beach Within Reach – A summer day calls for a trip to the shore. So pack up your towel and umbrella and head for Carson Beach, Savin Hill Beach, Pleasure Bay, or Hope’s personal favorite, Castle Island, A visit to Castle Island combines history and recreation. Tour Fort Independence, take a hike around it, and enjoy fishing, biking, swimming, the picnic area, and several playgrounds.   

Check Out a Game at Fenway – Boston Red Sox baseball games are always an exciting day out, and Fenway (with its legendary “Green Monster” left-field wall) is as storied a ballpark as Major League Baseball has. MLB has announced a shortened season for 2020, but there are still plenty of games on the schedule for sports fans to take in starting in July.

No matter how you choose to spend your time in Boston, Hope and the entire team at The Inn at Longwood Medical wish you health, happiness, and a fantastic summer!