The Ultimate 2017 Summer Survival Guide:

As you’re heading into July with almost 2 full months of summer left I’m sure you’re getting bored (I know I am).

So, to help y’all get off the couch and go see your beautiful home (or bordering) state I’ve decided to make a list of the top places you NEED to go visit before summer 2017 comes to a close.

Now I’d never recommend anything to you that I haven’t personally experienced or have known someone that has- so these places and things to do really are pretty flipping awesome!

For Rainy Days:

  1. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston MA
  • Now the arts aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re in the mood for some educational fun check this place out!
  • @ all my Stonehill and MA college students: the MFA offers FREE admission to you if your school has a membership, all you need is your school ID!!

2. The New England Aquarium, Boston MA

  • You’ll probably spend 1-2 hours here, looking at the penguins, seals, and other cool sea animals!

3. Muse Paint Bar:

  • The two locations I’ve been to are in Lynnfield Market and Gillette Stadium. This can be a little pricey, but it’s definitely fun. It’s a nice relaxing spot to paint and chat with friends.

4. Bowling:

  • Kings at Market St. Lynnfield, MA or Wamesit Lanes in Tewksbury, MA

5. Rock Climbing:

  • Vertical Dreams, Nashua NH & Boston Rock Gym, Woburn MA
  • Learn how to belay and rock climb with some friends. It’s a good work out and also pretty challenging.

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For the Outdoor Adventurer:

  1. Mount Monadnock, NH
  • “The climb is tough but the view is great!!”
  • This is totally a day trip and takes about 2 hours (with stopping every so often and a lunch break of course) to the top, and a shorter time going down
  • Definitely recommended on a day that’s 75 degrees or colder, it gets hot


2. Lincoln, NH

  • Lost River Gorge:
    • an awesome place to hike and explore. It’s located in the mountains of NH, in between flowing waterfalls and caves that visitors can climb through- it even has some awesome views!

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  • Alpine Adventures:
    • Zip Lining!! Costs $95 but is BEYOND worth it! The experience is a little over 2 hours: Consisting of an off-roading experience and 4 crazy long zip lines through the mountains of NH.

3. Codzilla Speed Boat, Boston Harbor:

  • This speed boat goes around Boston Harbor for about an hour. This is a wild ride and warning: you might get soaked!


4. Go for a walk or hike:

  • Lake Quannapowitt, Wakefield MA
  • Horn Pond
  • Minute Man National Historic Park, Lexington MA
  • Ipswich River Park, North Reading MA
  • Borderland State Park, Easton MA
  • Harold Parker State Forrest, North Reading/ Andover MA
  • Blue Hills Reservation, Milton MA

5. Watch the sun rise at the beach!

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For the girl who wants a good pic to Instagram:

1. The Lawn on D, Seaport District, Boston MA

  • This is seriously the place for it my friends, I’m sure you’ve seen pictures of huge light up swings and wondered “where the heck are those?!” well here they are!
  • Not super easy to get to (Need to catch the S1 or S2 Silver Line trolley, get off at the World Trade Center, and walk a bit!

2. Strawberry, Cherry, Blueberry Picking:

  • Parlee Farms, Tyngsboro MA or Smolak Farms, North Andover MA:
    • Awesome places to pick some healthy fruit and take some artsy pics of it or yourself

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3. Any place that has crazy food-

  • Follow foodie.impasta to find some places with the prettiest and most delicious foods

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4. Any of the outdoor activities mentioned above!

5. Any of the cities mentioned below!

6. Have a photoshoot at the beach or at Colby Farm- a sunflower field in Newbury, MA!

For a day of exploring a city or town:

  1. Maine:
  • York: Walk around the town, visit the York’s Wild Kingdom Zoo, and visit Nubble Lighthouse!
  • Portland: Go walk around the town and grab a bite to eat!
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Nubble lightbouse

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York Zoo

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York, MA

2. North Shore, MA:

  • Newburyport:
    • Grab a bite to eat at Mike’s Harborside, grab some chocolate from one of the little shops, maybe do some shopping, and walk along the boardwalk!

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  • Rockport:
    • *good place for artsy pics*
    • Walk around the town, go to the beach, eat some seafood, and take pictures on the rock wall and by the famous Motif No. 1 fishing shack!

3. Boston, MA:

  • Go do something mentioned above, go shopping on Newbury Street or Downtown Crossing, see a play, relax in the public gardens or Boston Commons, walk the freedom trail, visit the statehouse- there’s endless possibilities

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4. Newport, Rhode Island:

  • Go eat some delicious seafood, visit the famous mansions, and do the Cliff Walk to get some exercise. Oh, and visit the beach too while you’re at it!

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For some good eats:

1: Boston, MA:

  • Faneuil Hall:
    • MMMac and Cheese has the best mac and cheese ever created- you NEED to try this! Get it to go and eat it by the harbor.

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  • The North End:
    • Have dinner at Assaggios  a small, authentic italian restaurant) and turn the corner to get some Mike’s Pastry!

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  • Fire & Ice:
    • Pick your food, whether it’s pasta, meat, etc and they cook it right in front of you!
  • Boston Burger Co.
    • Get a crazy huge burger and a Freak Frappe

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2: Maine:

  • York Maine: Inn on the Blues
  • Portland: Duckfat

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3: New Hampshire Seacoast:

  • Brown’s or Markey’s…. Duh!! (Seabrook, NH)
  • Tripoli’s
  • Hodgie’s Too Ice cream
  • Portsmouth, NH has a ton of restaurants and is another small little city to walk around downtown

4: North Shore:

  • Periwinkle’s or Woodman’s- AMAZING fried clams people!! Essex, MA

For a day of hanging out with your friend group:

1: Beaches

  • Hampton, NH:
    • Either go to the reservation (less chaos and teens) or check out the boardwalk! They also have fireworks once a week around 9 pm on the boardwalk.
  • North Shore:
    • Good Harbor and Wingaersheek Beach


2: Mini Golf:

  • Check out Richardson’s Ice Cream in Middleton, MA! Get some ice cream and play 18 holes or hit the driving range

3: Concerts:

  • Xfinity Center, Gillette Stadium, TD Garden, and Bank of America Pavilion- Gilford NH
    • All of these places have great concerts going through out the summer! Grab some last minute lawn seats for cheap and have yourself a great night!

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4: Sporting Events:

  • Red Sox:
    • Who doesn’t love Fenway?! Go support the Sox and get yourself a Fenway Frank while you’re at it
  • Patriots Pre-Season:
    • You can get super cheap Pats tickets during pre season games. Although you probably won’t see Brady play, its still an awesome experience

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5: Amusement Parks:

  • Six Flags, Agawam MA or Canobie Lake Park, Salem NH
  • Water Country, Portsmouth NH

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