Beyond Boston

Although Boston is a popular tourist destination, there are many bordering towns beyond Boston that too have much to offer. With many popular museums, attractions, and entertainment venues, these neighboring towns provide a rich array of experiences for visitors to explore during their Boston trip. As a port city in a historic region, Boston provides easy access to a number of these destinations. By land or sea, visitors will find New England charm as they journey outside the city, either along the coast or into the countryside. From Gloucester, to Concord, to Cape Cod, unique exploration beckons just beyond Boston. 

Cruise Beyond Boston

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Head to the waterfront and hop aboard Boston Harbor City Cruises (BHCC) ferry service to visit the Boston Harbor Islands, a national park made up of 34 small islands just off the shore, or to Salem, the "witch city" of 17th-century lore. Both BHCC and Bay State Cruises offer fast ferry services to Provincetown, an eclectic artists’ community teeming with galleries, restaurants, quaint shops, and beautiful beaches located on the tip of Cape Cod. Make the most of your trip to the Cape and take a high-speed ferry (Hy-Line cruise) to two of the most picturesque destinations in New England, Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Book a cruise on the Beauport Princess and explore Cape Ann's Gloucester Harbor, known for its fishing culture and gorgeous beaches.

Boston Harbor City Cruises

#1 in Cruise Options. #1 in fun. Prepare to set sail with the nation’s largest private operator of passenger vessels, Boston…

Bay State Cruise Company, Inc.

Enjoy the views of Boston's glorious skyline or the beautiful harbor islands from our ship's immaculately maintained and expansive…

Hy-Line Cruises

High-speed passenger-only ferry service to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard from the Ocean Street Dock in Hyannis, Cape Cod. Two…

Beauport Cruiselines

North of Boston's newest and most exciting dinner ship, the Beauport Princess! Dine, Dance and enjoy a brunch, lunch or dinner…

Explore North of Boston

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Embark on a journey North of Boston and immerse yourself in the world of 17th century Salem where you can discover real artifacts and treasure from the Whydah Gally shipwreck at the Real Pirates Salem Museum or visit the Salem Witch Museum, where dramatic life-sized stage sets and captivating narration bring to life the infamous Salem Witch Trials of 1692. While in Salem, stop by the Peabody Essex Museum where you can discover rich art and explore the Yin Yu Tang, a late 18th-century Qing dynasty house. Continue your journey North and check out the Hammond's Castle Museum in Gloucester. Book a tour and enjoy the beauty of the castle grounds, its unique architectural style and rocky Atlantic coast. If you're looking for an adrenaline-fueled experience head out to K1 Speed for some indoor go-kart racing located in Wilmington. All destinations referenced are less than an hour's drive from Boston.

Things To Do North of Boston:

Real Pirates Salem

Real Pirates Salem is receiving incredible reviews as a unique museum in historic downtown Salem, MA. As featured recently on…

Salem Witch Museum

The Salem Witch Museum takes visitors back to 1692, when accusations of witchcraft struck fear in the hearts of the townspeople…

Peabody Essex Museum

In this stunning museum, explore the region's connections to the art and culture of China, Japan and beyond, view original Witch…

Hammond Castle Museum

The Hammond Castle Museum is a dynamic STEM museum offering guided and self guided tours, temporary exhibits, cultural events and…

K1 Speed Boston

Experience the thrills of full-throttle indoor go kart racing at K1 Speed Boston! Their all-electric Italian go karts can reach…

Where to Eat North of Boston:

Bistro 5

A neighborhood restaurant and bar serving seasonally inspired food with an Italian twist and hand-crafted cocktails in Medford…

The Capital Grille - Burlington

The Capital Grille boasts an atmosphere of power dining, relaxed elegance and style. Nationally acclaimed for dry aging steaks on…

The Neighborhood Tavern

Diverse menu, Great service, 50 draft Beer Selection, 33 Sports TV, Neighborhood Vibe, Sunday Brunch. American Bar and Restaurant.

Seasons 52 Burlington

Enjoy a fresh dining experience that celebrates living well at Seasons 52 fresh grill and wine bar. With its seasonally-inspired…

Tuscan Kitchen

An artisan Italian restaurant specializing in scratch made pastas, pastries, gelatos and butchered meats. Rustic chic decor with…

Where to Stay North of Boston:

Hilton Boston/Woburn

Upscale suburban hotel with the business traveler in mind. Extensive conference facilities provide for state of the art…

Explore West of Boston

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Head West of Boston to Lexington Massachusetts and teleport back in time to 1775 as the Lexington Visitor Center's costumed tour guides discuss the events that occurred at the start of the American Revolution. The Liberty Ride Trolley Tour highlights many of Concords historic landmarks, including the Orchard House, Emerson House, and Minute Man National Historical Park. Continue your journey West of Boston and visit the Concord Museum and fully immerse yourself in the rich history of the literary and Revolutionary War era of Concord. The Museum showcases a remarkable collection of historical artifacts, literary works, and decorative arts that truly bring the town's past to life. Check out Concords Visitor Center for more information about museums, historic sites, and other fun activities. All destinations referenced are about a 30-minute drive from Boston.

Things To Do West of Boston:

Concord Visitor Center

The Concord Visitor Center is your first stop in Concord for helpful staff, maps and information. We host the public restrooms…

Concord Museum

Concord is a small town that helped shape a nation. Sixteen newly redesigned and interactive galleries serve as a gateway to this…

Where to eat West of Boston:

80 Thoreau

80 Thoreau is a neighborhood restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine in an elegant setting.

Bar 'Cino Watertown

Bar 'Cino (we say "chee-no") is an informal neighborhood spot with a lively bar and a menu that highlights the green & white of…

Boston Landing

Boston Landing elevates urban lives by amplifying health, wellness, and enjoyment. It’s no wonder the most iconic brands in sports…

Branch Line

A neighborhood rotisserie and wood fired grill in the Watertown Arsenal built on a foundation of personalized hospitality…

Coach Grill

Coach Grill has been devoted to providing superior, five-star service since the 1930 to serve both Wayland locals and visitors…

Davio's Chestnut Hill

The perfect combination of handmade pastas, authentic pizzas and Davio’s signature Northern Italian steaks, with Davio’s…

Inn at Hastings Park

The Inn at Hastings Park is a boutique inn located in Lexington, Massachusetts, just 15 miles from Boston. The Inn's two guest…

Limani

Limani, a Mediterranean seafood restaurant focusing on traditional Greek specialties. We have come across a plethora of products…

Where To Stay West of Boston:

Inn at Hastings Park

The Inn at Hastings Park is a boutique inn located in Lexington, Massachusetts, just 15 miles from Boston. The Inn's two guest…

Sheraton Needham Hotel

Experience our $13 million renovation, 247 guestrooms, club lounge, fitness center and link@sheraton, 15,000 sq. ft. of meeting…

Explore South of Boston

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Venture South of Boston and stop by the Adams National Historical Park in Quincy to tour the homes of former U.S. Presidents John and John Quincy Adams, as well as other notable figures from the Adams family. Continue South and embark on a scenic private Helicopter Tour in Norwood and relish the breathtaking views of the city from above or catch a game or show at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Experience top-notch entertainment at the Plainridge Casino in Plainville, the only casino with a live harness-racing track in Massachusetts. As you explore South of Boston, stop by Plymouth and check out the Plimoth Patuxet Museum, which includes a Mayflower II ship replica, and the Patuxet Homesite. Interact with the local villagers and experience what life might’ve been like in the 17th century. Journey further South of Boston and arrive at Cape Cod, a summer destination featuring gorgeous locales and beaches from Falmouth to Hyannis, Harwich and Chatham. Visit the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce and discover fun things to do in the area such as whale watching, hiking and other fun activities.

Things To Do South of Boston:

Plainridge Park Casino

For the New England Gambler, Plainridge Park Casino provides the excitement, winning and comfort that our players can expect. Our…

Plimoth Patuxet Museums

Through engaging experiences with history, Plimoth Patuxet Museums explores the complex and interwoven stories of English and…

Where to Eat South of Boston:

Abby Park

Abby Park offers American cuisine with a modern and creative twist. Mediterranean and European influences infuse classic comfort…

Amelia's - Stoughton

Our extensive wine list and fine selections of cocktails and single malts complement our most tender and flavorful steaks. An…

Hull and Mason

All of our dishes incorporate locally sourced ingredients harvested from our dedicated growers enabling us to craft…

Il Massimo

Il Massimo offers brunch, lunch and dinner selections inspired by the regional cuisines of Italy. We source our wines from small…

Novara

Novara rivals the quality and authenticity of Boston's North End restaurants in a suburban setting. Set in the historic Milton…

Where to Stay South of Boston:

Marriott Quincy Boston

Bring your group to the city of Presidents and enjoy our updated hotel just 8 miles south of Boston. Marriott Boston Quincy has…

White Elephant

The White Elephant, located alongside Nantucket's magnificent harbor, has been considered an island landmark since the 1920's…

Events Beyond boston

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Fife and Drum Weekend May 04

Fife and Drum Weekend

Attend the 22nd Annual Lexington Tattoo and Muster! Tattoo: Friday, May 3, 6:30 pm on the Lexington Battle Green (1625…

Nantucket Wine & Food Festival May 15

Nantucket Wine & Food Festival

Over the course of five days, Nantucket comes alive with elegant tastings, seminars, lunches and dinners. Join award winning…

The Salem Witch Trials Walk Apr 25

The Salem Witch Trials Walk

Recurring weekly on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Enjoy our new self-guided audio walking tour, which takes…

Day Trip to Plymouth Rock Apr 23

Day Trip to Plymouth Rock

Book a half-day trip with Don Quijote Tours to visit Plymouth, the historic site where the Pilgrims first settled. Explore a…

Our Time on Earth Exhibit Apr 23

Our Time on Earth Exhibit

Humans are just one species among millions, coexisting in an expansive living network. Immerse yourself in installations…