Its location on the New England coast means Boston is one of the best places to live for people who need the occasional escape from city life. From charming Kennebunkport to the wooded Blue Hills Reservation, a day trip from the city is never more than a quick drive away. Here are some of the best and most accessible ways to spend a little time outside the capital of Massachusetts.
Few New England destinations can match the charm of this gorgeous and historic seaside town in Maine. Kennebunkport is approximately 90 minutes from Boston by car, making it a great day-trip option. Visit this coastal gem for scenic views of the coast, seafood platters and plenty of shopping.
Approximately an hour’s drive from Boston, Portsmouth is a small New Hampshire port city with a ton of character. Craft breweries, vintage clothing stores and charming cafes and restaurants are in no short supply, with the Portsmouth Brewery and Liars Bench Beer and Bodega being two favorites.
Less than an hour’s drive from Boston, Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester offers smooth, white sand and beautiful Atlantic Ocean views. During low tide, it’s possible to walk out to Salt Island, a 5-acre (2ha) sandbar that’s popular with beachgoers and explorers.
Six of the 34 islands off the coast of Boston are easily accessible by ferry from the Long Wharf North. Check out Peddocks Island for camping, Spectacle Island for hiking and Georges Island for exploring Fort Warren (a Civil War-era prison for Confederate soldiers).