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Summer 2020 Activities

“In the midst of this Corona Virus pandemic, Hope the Bear, The Inn at Longwood’s Mascot, has been looking for fun things to see and do that allow for social distancing and are relatively safe,” said Gayle Sinclair, Director of Sales and Marketing for The Inn at Longwood. “Everyone always asks the hotel concierge or front desk, ‘What’s there to do around here?’ ”

So, Hope and her pal Gayle did a little research, and here are some of the best activities you have to choose from for the rest of the Summer of 2020.


Go to the Zoo – The Franklin Park Zoo is open. Online reservations are required for members and general admission ticket buyers to help manage capacity limits and minimize contact at the entrance. Everyone over the age of 2 is expected to wear masks unless a medical condition prohibits. The Inn at Longwood has a great Zoo Package at

Schedule a tour and visit the State House of Massachusetts – tours were slated to being again in July. The Massachusetts State House, designed by Charles Bulfinch, a leading architect of his time, is a grand repository of history as well as an architectural treasure. With a cornerstone laid by Samuel Adams in 1795 and a dome coppered by Paul Revere in 1802, the State House has marble-floored corridors and spacious ceremonial rooms filled with works of art depicting our state’s unique heritage. Call 617-727-3676 to schedule. Docents offer free walking tours of the building and collections from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes.

Rent a bike and take a ride around Fenway Park and Kenmore Square, and take a ride over the Charles River to Cambridge. Ride along the river to the Esplanade or ride with on Emerald Necklace Route. There is a Hub Bike Rental across the street from The Inn at Longwood.

Take a picnic at Boston Public Gardens and Boston Common. Boston Common, founded in 1634, is the oldest public park in America. Hear the echoes of 350 years of the most extraordinary history of America's oldest park. Picnic along the Emerald Necklace and Muddy River. This linear system of parks was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted to connect Boston Common, dating from the colonial period, and Public Garden (1837) to Franklin Park, known as the "great country park." You can walk from The Inn at Longwood to the Riverway along the famous Boston Muddy River in the Back Bay Fens. The Victory Gardens in the Fenway are one of only two remaining victory gardens in the United States dating back to World War II . The Fens also offers the 420-meter athletic track and field for those wanting a jog.

Walk the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail -- take a walk along history and enjoy many of the outdoor venues which are open and sites and visit the Granary and Kings Chapel Burial grounds, where signers of the Declaration of Independence are interred. The earliest the Freedom Trail We encourage everyone to wear a protective mask and practice safe social distancing while walking the Trail and its sites. Many of the indoor sites are re-opening July 15, 2020. The USS Constitution and the Boston Tea Party Museum has not announced their re-opening dates as of yet, but they have posted and they anticipate it will be in July.

Visiting Churches – There are some beautiful and historic churches in and around Boston. Cathedral of the Holy Cross was recently restored and renovated . Or the Old North Church -- see what happened here in April 1775. Or visit Kings Chapel. King’s Chapel was established in 1686 as the first Anglican congregation in New England . Or St. Leonard church in the North End or Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help .

Eat outdoors or indoor dining now available - along Boston’s famous Waterfront and beyond – at

Top Pool at the Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116. Enjoy the perfect atmosphere in Boston of a roof top pool and dining. Full bar service as well. Margaritas and burgers or lobster rolls.

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House 888 Boylston St., Back Bay The Prudential Center location of the steakhouse chain is open for patio seating for lunch and dinner daily. Reservations encouraged via OpenTable or phone (617-259-1568).

The Lawn on D 420 D St., South Boston. The outdoor event space will turn into an outdoor dining area for the summer, starting on June 12, featuring 700 seats and table service.

James Hook & Company Live lobster and fresh seafood delivered since 1925.

Take Out/Dine Outside

Ned Devine’s, 1 Faneuil Hall Marketplace, downtown Boston. The patio was set to reopen on June 11, opening at 11:30 a.m. daily (closing at 8 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 9 p.m. Thursday, and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday). Reservations highly recommended.

Tasty Burger, 1301 Boylston St., Fenway. The Fenway location of Tasty Burger has reopened its patio as of June 8, offering full-service dining.

Trillium – Fenway , Outdoor Beer Garden.

Harpoon Brewery , 306 Northern Ave., Seaport.

Museums: Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum are expecting to re-open July 15th. The Museum of Science will re-open July 26th. The New England Aquarium announced it will re-open July 16.

Go Shopping – Newbury Street . Boston's most enchanting street. Eight blocks filled with salons, boutiques, and fabulous dining. Boston's Newbury Street has something for everyone. Shopping at Copley Mall

Fast Ferry from Boston to Provincetown is running as is the ferry from Boston Harbor Cruises began service to Provincetown . The Seaport North Station Ferry is scheduled to begin July 20th. The Encore Casino will be re-opening July 12th at 9 AM.

Go to the Beach – Carson Beach, Savin Hill Beach, Pleasure Bay, and Castle Island is Hope’s personal favorite. A visit to Castle Island combines history and recreation. Tour Fort Independence or take a walk around it. Continue the day sunbathing or swimming at one of the nearby beaches. At Castle Island, a state-run facility, there are Fishing, Biking, swimming, picnic area and playgrounds.

Baseball is coming back to Boston! We learned recently the 2020 MLB season is set to begin with the opening game against the Orioles on July 24, but what we still don't know is if fans will be allowed to attend games at any point during the year.

Boston Red Sox are at least hopeful that fans will eventually be able to come to Fenway Park. Walk to Fenway Park from Inn at Longwood. Park and stay packages or Fenway Getaway specials including Breakfast are available. .

to a concert at Fenway – Green Day, Def Leppard & Motley Crue, Billy Joel, and New Kids on the Block are now scheduled for 2021. Aerosmith is still currently scheduled for September 18th. still booked and scheduled to play. The Inn at Longwood has a great Fenway Package including parking and breakfast for two.

updated as of July 13, 2020