When you’re visiting Boston, you’re unlikely to run out of things to do. During your stay, however, you might need some time away from the bustle of the city. The suburbs outside of Boston offer a wealth of things to do, from outdoor adventures to historical exploration to shopping, dining, and entertainment. Here, we offer a guide to some of the most interesting and exciting suburbs you’ll find on a trip to Boston.

  • Burlington has some of the best dining in the area. With a classic steakhouse, a fantastic trattoria, and an awesome oyster bar, it’s certainly worth an evening out. Beyond food, though, Burlington boasts the Landlocked Forest, featuring 13 miles of trails and historic paths, winding through ravines, pine forests, blueberry patches, and more. Walkers, trail runners, bicyclists, snowshoers, and cross-country skiers all enjoy this gorgeous natural asset.
  • You’ll find plenty of historical sites in Lexington and Concord. From Minute Man National Historic Park to Walden Pond, you’ll find plenty of landmark history to inspire. Shopping is a charming experience, with indie bookshops, cheese and wine shops, and there are plenty of great options for dining.
  • Salem is more than just the witch trials town. In addition to exploring its spooky past, visitors can check out the Peabody Essex Museum, the House of the Seven Gables, and the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. You’ll also find plenty of fine dining and craft cocktails in spots with gorgeous harbor views.
  • Lowell was the home town of Jack Kerouac and Ed McMahon. A historic mill town, Lowell fell on hard times for a while, but it’s undergone a renaissance to become an artistic haven. While you’re visiting, take a hike at Rogers Fort Hill Park, and visit Worthen House, Lowell’s oldest tavern and a former Kerouac haunt.
  • Ipswich offers plenty of outdoor activities. With miles of pristine shoreline to explore, you can hike, fly kites, walk the dog, and anything else you want to do. If you prefer touring estates, the Crane Estate offers a stunning look at the Gilded Age. There’s also a huge mountain biking scene and plenty of equestrian opportunities.
  • Duxbury indulges your New England coastal fantasies. Dotted with shingled saltbox home, this town is home to the Island Creek Oyster Farm. It’s a great place to take sailing lessons, tavern hop, or relax on the shore.
  • Groton is perfect for nature lovers. Love animals? How would you feel about a farm with alpacas, miniature donkeys, and dwarf goats? If you prefer to meet creatures in the wild, check out the Rocky Hill Wildlife Sanctuary. You can also hike the Nashua River Rail Trail and attend a tasting at the Nashoba Valley Winery. There’s also great dining and even a swimming pool with a swim-up tiki bar.
  • Beverly has a little bit of everything to offer. If you’re a history buff, there’s plenty to explore here. Long Hill is an historical estate with 100 acres of wooded grounds to explore, there are historical properties like the John Cabot House, Balch House, and Hale Farm, and the Fish Flake Historic District features houses that date back to Colonial times. Prefer arts and entertainment? The North Shore Music Theatre is an award-winning venue, the Cabot Street Cinema Theatre is one of the few old movie palaces to still show movies, the Larcom Theatre is a 600-seat performing arts stage, built in 1912, and the Montserrat College of Arts maintains six galleries that are free to the public. Enjoy the great outdoors at Dane Street Beach, West Beach, Beverly David S Lynch Park, or Independence Park, and when you’ve worked up an appetite, visit one of Beverly’s outstanding restaurants.

Of course, you don’t have to stay in Boston to enjoy all the city has to offer. Boston suburbs have great offerings in terms of lodging, and many are just a short ride on public transit to the heart of the city. When you stay in the suburbs, you’ll cut costs not only on your hotel but also on parking, and you’ll be able to make a fun suburb your home base while you explore everything the area has to offer.

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