The 11 Very Best Day Trips You Can Possibly Take From Boston

Boston has so many attractions and events that you never actually need to leave the city. That being said, the towns and scenery surrounding us are so appealing that you’ll probably be tempted to take some day trips. With so many options, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the very best day trips in Massachusetts. From castles to secret gardens, these 11 spots more than justify the journey:

What’s the best day trip that you’ve ever taken from Boston? Let us know in the comments.

Address: Royalston, MA, USA
Address: Fall River, MA, USA
Address: Hammond Castle, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
Address: Cohasset, MA, USA
Address: Newburyport, MA, USA
Address: Nahant, MA, USA
Address: Essex, MA, USA
Address: World's End, Hingham, MA 02043, USA
Address: Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd, Framingham, MA 01701, USA
Address: Mendon, MA, USA
Address: Salem, MA, USA

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Best day trips in Boston

June 29, 2022

I’m looking for some unique things to do around Boston.

There are several cities and states around the country that claim to be “the weirdest,” which to them is a badge of honor. But in Boston, even though it doesn’t have that moniker, it still has some unique things to do. For example, there’s a unique “homemade” shrine called All Saints Way. It’s loaded with artwork, lights, flowers, figurines, and other things all relating to saints. Another bizarre place to visit is The Skinny House. It is said to have been built as the result of a dispute between two brothers back in the mid-1800s. Who knows who won the argument, but the house has remained since that time and is one of the most photographed spots in the city.

Are there any day trips around Massachusetts I can take by train?

Absolutely, and trains are a great way to explore the state while leaving the car at home. If you want to have an upscale train adventure, it’s definitely worth the hour and 15 minute drive (you have to get to the train, after all) south to Hyannis. That is where you can climb aboard the Cape Cod Dinner train. The luxury here comes in three varieties: First Class, Diamond Class, and Platinum Class. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget.

I want to go to a burger restaurant near me. Can you suggest one in the Cambridge area?

Some of the best burgers in the Cambridge area can be found at the iconic Mr. Bartley’s Burger Cottage. A Harvard Square landmark for decades, the restaurant draws folks from all over the state for the celebrity and quirky named burgers like the Larry Bird (of course!), a fresh meat patty topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and homemade guacamole, and the Megan Thee Stallion, piled high with grilled onions, jalapenos, bacon, and hot sauce, and sprinkled with Cajun spices, just to name a few. There are over 20 options to choose from so don’t worry, you’ll find just what you have a hankering for!

Address: Royalston, MA, USA
Address: Fall River, MA, USA
Address: Hammond Castle, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
Address: Cohasset, MA, USA
Address: Newburyport, MA, USA
Address: Nahant, MA, USA
Address: Essex, MA, USA
Address: World's End, Hingham, MA 02043, USA
Address: Garden in the Woods, 180 Hemenway Rd, Framingham, MA 01701, USA
Address: Mendon, MA, USA
Address: Salem, MA, USA

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