Monday, June 27, 2016

Day trips within an hour of Boston, Mass.

Boston's location on the Atlantic Ocean in the northeastern United States gives it easy access to an extensive array of travel options. Whether you live here or are visiting, you may want to take a day trip from Boston. With roads heading north, south and west, there are lots of options for a quick and easy day trip. 
Dining on a combination platter at Woodmans

Heading north, the North Shore offers a variety of options including Salem, Gloucester and Essex. All of these cities provide a different experience. Essex was at one time one of the busiest ship building areas on the east coast with upwards of 20 different ship builders working here. Today, there is only one that is active. The town offers a great variety of antique shops and restaurants serving delicious seafood. One of them, Woodman's,  was the place where the fried clam was invented.

  • Essex River Cruises offers hour and a half cruises that go up the river through the estuary to the coast giving great views of egrets and cool sea breezes. The cruises are narrated and are entertaining for adults and children.

  • Salem is notorious for the witch trials that took place there over three hundred years ago. Visitors enjoy the Salem Witch Museum and The House of the Seven Gables. October is the most popular time to visit but the attractions are open year round.

  • Gloucester has several great houses to visit as well as the Rocky Neck Art Colony and the Cape Ann Museum which combines art, decorative arts and history in a very attractive package. There are loads of interesting dining opportunities as well.

To the Northwest, up Interstate 93 is Manchester, NH is only 54 miles away. With its old fashioned main street for shopping, The Currier Museum of Art and New Hampshire Palace Theatre where "The Arts Come Alive".

Foxborough is a short 29 miles southwest of the city of Boston. It is a popular fall destination when the New England Patriots are at home. Foxborough is the location of their home field Gillette Stadium. Another popular Foxborough attraction is the only Pro Bass Shop in New England.

Southeast of Boston is the first settlement of the English in New England. Plymouth. The Pilgrims landed near this spot in 1620. The city has loads of historic charm to go along with the reproduction of the Mayflower, Plymouth Rock and Plimouth Plantation.

Providence, R.I. is 50 miles to the southwest and Providence Place Mall is a popular attraction. Offering an hour of free parking, the Cheesecake Factory, IMAX Theatre and Dave and Busters are all reason to take the 50 mile drive.

Sturbridge is 59 miles to the west. This is a stretch to make in an hour but it is possible. Old Sturbridge Village is open all year and every season offers a different opportunity to observe live in early 19th century New England. 

These are just a few of the many places that are located within an hour of Boston and offered a variety of ways to be entertained for the day. When you want to take a daytrip from Boston, get a map, jump in the car and start your adventure.

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