Boston is a great city because it has so much of everything – museums, history, food, professional sports. But sometimes you just need to get away from it all and spend a weekend by the sea. Luckily, Boston is also well-suited for that, with its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean and many charming, seaside towns. Read on for some of the best ones for your next long weekend.
Though it’s almost a two-hour drive north of Boston, Kennebunkport is worth the trip. Your weekend spent here can be spent marveling at historic New England architecture, visiting the many beaches the town has to offer, and of course, eating fresh Maine lobster. To round out your trip, here are additional ideas:
· Seashore Trolley Museum: It’s the largest museum of mass transit vehicles in the world! Admission is only $12 for adults and there’s plenty to do, including trolley rides, a museum store, exhibits, hiking trails, and picnic areas. Dog are welcome, so the whole family can join.
· Dock Square: This is the best spot in town for souvenir shopping. Peruse the craft stores and boutiques and then follow it up with some seafood from the Clam Shack.
Plum Island, Massachusetts
An hour outside Boston you’ll find this adorable barrier island, named for the wild plums that grow there in the summer. At just 11 miles long, the island is about as far from a big-city feel you can get: in fact, the island is less of a town, and more of a collection of beach houses interspersed with nature. You’ll spend most of your time enjoying the beach, but here are some other ideas to do:
· Birdwatch: The island is home to a bird sanctuary, so it’s a perfect place to see how many varieties of shorebird species you can spot. The best place to birdwatch is the Parker River Sanctuary, which is a protected nesting site for many migrating birds. See if you can spot the Piping Plover which the area is famous for.
· Climb Plumb Island Lighthouse: Built in 1898, the white-shingled tower of the lighthouse has that quintessential New England look. Tours are free and the climb to the top is shot and family-friendly.
At just under 45 minutes away from downtown Boston, this getaway is perfect for when you need to get back early Sunday night for work the next day. Marblehead’s history including being an important hub for fishing and shipbuilding, and it still has a huge harbor today. There’s tons to do in this resort town, including:
· Fort Sewall: If you’re a history buff, you’ll want to check out this fort this 17th-century fort. The site is part of the National Register of Historic Places and the grounds include a community park with lovely views of the harbor.
· Crowninshield Island: This small island off the coast of town is a fun place for families to spend the day. It has easy hiking trails, tide pools, beaches, and a swing set! You can wade to it at low tide or kayak over at high tide.
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