Summer Life in Boston
The BU campus is perfectly situated for students to enjoy both the charm and beauty of Boston as well as its cultural and recreational attractions. Boston University stretches along the banks of the Charles River, with many beautiful spots for jogging and sunning — yet it is only minutes from the downtown theatre, shopping, government, and financial districts. A short ride on the streetcar brings you to the elegant shops of Newbury Street and Copley Square, the sporting events at Fenway Park, or the endless diversions of the restored Faneuil Hall Market Place. Below is a list of some activities you might enjoy.
Events & Festivals
- Attend one of the many festivals in and around Boston, such as the Outside the Box Festival, Scooper Bowl, Italian Festivals, and Boston Harborfest.
- Join the millions of people who have experienced the fireworks and free concerts that are part of the Fourth of July in Boston.
- Discover what a dragon boat is at the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival of Boston.
- Indulge in some famous Boston clam chowder or enjoy a street magician's show at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
- Reminisce amongst the rock 'n roll memorabilia while enjoying a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe.
- Dine in the North End — Boston's "Little Italy."
- Indulge in something sweet at Mike's Pastry in the North End.
- I scream, you scream, go for some ice cream! Try J.P. Licks or Ben and Jerry's on Newbury Street.
- Experience the sights, sounds, and fresh fruit at the open-air market at Haymarket.
- Visit the inspiration for the place where "everybody knows your name."
- Walk part or all of the historic Freedom Trail.
- View the city from atop the Prudential Center Skywalk.
- Visit Paul Revere's house, the last remaining seventeenth-century Boston house.
- Stroll along the Boston Harbor from Castle Island in South Boston to the Navy Yard in Charlestown.
- Take a narrated Duck Boat Tour in a World War II amphibious vehicle, and make sure to quack.
- Ride the Beantown Trolley that allows you to disembark at interesting stops, explore the area, and then re-board at your convenience.
- Explore John F. Kennedy's birthplace in Brookline.
- Tour the USS Constitution, better known as "Old Ironsides."
- Take a free art and architecture tour of the Boston Public Library, the first major free city library in the United States.
- Climb to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument.
- Witness a Civil War reenactment at the Boston Harbor Islands State Park.
- Take a tour of the impressive State House on Beacon Hill.
- Visit the Old North Church, where two lanterns were hung to warn that the British were moving by sea on April 18, 1775.
- Find the gravestones for John Hancock, Paul Revere, James Otis, Robert Treat Paine, and Samuel Adams at the Granary Burying Ground.
- Catch the latest movies at the Regal Fenway 13 or the AMC Loews Boston Common 19.
- Catch a classic double feature at the Brattle Theatre.
- Enjoy a free flick at the Hatch Shell, located on the Esplanade.
- Take in a film series at the Coolidge Corner Theater, a fully-restored Art Deco movie palace.
- Attend an IMAX movie at the Museum of Science or the New England Aquarium.
- Enjoy amazing artwork at the Museum of Fine Arts.
- Join the Rush Ticket line the day of a Boston Symphony Orchestra performance for one of the best bargains around.
- Interact with the hands-on exhibits at the Museum of Science.
- Learn about marine life, including the amazing jellies, at the New England Aquarium.
- Take in the films and exhibits at the John F. Kennedy Museum.
- Wonder at the Mapparium, a three-story, stained glass globe at the Mary Baker Eddy Library.
- Experience the beautiful, eclectic art and landscape architecture on display at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
- Visit the Museum of African American History, where you can see the Abiel Smith School, the African Meeting House, and the Black Heritage Trail.
- Explore the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum. Dump your own bale of tea into the harbor, and then enjoy a cup, tax-free.
- Cross the river and visit the MIT Museum.
- Take a Boston Harbor Cruise or go on a whale watch.
- Enjoy a leisurely ride on the Boston Common Swan Boats.
- Go jogging, biking, or in-line skating on car-free Memorial Drive (on Sundays during the summer, 1.5 miles are closed off for pedestrians).
- Walk along the Emerald Necklace, a scenic seven-mile stretch of green that connects nine Boston parks.
- Play chess with a friend outdoors at Au Bon Pain at the Holyoke Center in Cambridge. Matt and Minnie made this spot famous in Good Will Hunting.
- See the stars during Public Open Night at the BU Coit Observatory.
- Sport a Boston Red Sox baseball cap at Fenway Park.
- Red Sox not in town or can't get a ticket to the game? Take a tour of Fenway Park instead.
- Scale the 30-foot climbing wall at Boston University's Fitness and Recreation Center.
- Check out one of the classes offered through BU's Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Department.
- Cheer on the Boston Cannons at Harvard Stadium.
- Take in an off-Broadway show at the Huntington Theatre or at any one of over 30 Boston theatres.
- Enjoy an outdoor play on the Boston Common with Shakespeare in the Park.
- Listen to an author's reading at Barnes and Noble at Boston University.
- See "Shear Madness" at the Charles Playhouse, the longest running play of all time!
Located in a region with distinct seasonal changes, Boston's weather is rarely predictable. While summer is typically ruled by blue skies and warm coastal breezes, June can be more like spring than summer—temperatures can range from very hot to quite cool. July and August can be very hot and humid, with sudden thunderstorms bringing a bit of relief. Be sure to pack a light sweater and an umbrella along with your shorts and sandals.