Fast forward to month 4 of this crazy global pandemic- the weather is nice, tax season is now over, and more businesses and activities are opening up.
Now I know everyone has a different opinion surrounding social distancing, going places, and mask wearing- but I wanted to try to come up with a few suggestions that I personally think are “okay” to do during COVID-19 if you’re being safe.
For reference, I have been going shopping and going to restaurants- wearing my mask in public settings and absolutely overloading my hands with hand sanitizer.
Farms are a super good option because they’re outside, spread out, and there’s not a ton of human-to-human interaction between customers and employees.
Fruit Picking: Summer is a great time to go fruit picking- cherries, blueberries, strawberries, etc. It’s so great to pick your own fresh fruit and get outside. Some of my fav places to do this are: Parlee Farm- Tyngsboro MA and Smolak Farm- North Andover, MA
Flowers: A fun thing to do with your family or friends is visit a sunflower field. This will give you an excuse to get dressed up, take pictures, and get some nice flowers for your home. My fav place: Colby Farm, Newbury MA
One of my favorite things to do since this pandemic has happened is go for a walk. It’s so nice to stretch your legs after a long day at work, or a long work week. I love changing up my location for my walks to give myself a change of scenery- beach, lake, trails, etc.
Some of my favorite walks/hikes that involve trails are:
- Borderland State Park, Easton MA
- Ponkapoag Pond, Canton MA
- Blue Hills Reservation, Milton MA
- Quincy Quarries- Quincy (great view of Boston skyline)
- Harold Parker State Forest, North Andover MA
- Middlesex Fells Reservation (great view of Boston skyline)
- Minuteman National Park- Lexington MA
Some of my favorite lake-view hikes are:
- Lake Quannapowitt- Wakefield, MA
- Spot Pond- Stoneham, MA
- Ponkapoag Pond, Canton MA
- Horn Pond- Woburn, MA
- Haggets Pond- Andover, MA
Other outdoor fun:
My favorite beach is Seabrook in New Hampshire, however you must be a resident to park. Hampton NH and Salisbury MA are great alternatives along with Good Harbor and Wingaersheek beaches both located in Gloucester MA.
One thing that I’ve been wanting to do is go kayaking on the north shore. At Lake Quannapowitt and Spot Pond, you can rent a kayak for $16 an hour. They take online reservations and try to make this experience as safe and easy as possible!
Exploring a town/city:
With less car and foot traffic lately, it’s easier to explore little towns in MA. Walk around town, support the local businesses that are open, and purchase a meal from a local restaurant to have picnic style! Here are my top suggestions:
- Newburyport, MA: restaurant rec- Lexie’s
- Salem, MA
- Charlestown, MA
- The North End- Boston, MA– Restaurant rec- Lucia’s
- Andover, MA
- Dedham, MA– Restaurant rec- El Centro
- Rockport, MA
- Portsmouth, NH– Restaurant rec- Flatbread Pizza Co & Moxy
Do some outdoor shopping!
If you’re like me and like to shop, being outside in the fresh air makes it 10x better. Here are some of my favorite places to shop:
- Legacy Place, Dedham, MA
- Lynnfield Marketplace, Lynnfield MA
- Assembly Square, Somerville MA
- Wrentham Outlets, Wrentham MA
- Newburyport, MA