Boston beaches provide wonderful escapes from the city without the need to actually leave it - but they fall into the "hidden secrets" category because Cape Cod beaches, Nantucket, and Martha's Vineyard are so much better known.

True, these Boston beaches may not rival the justly-famous beaches on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard, or Nantucket, nor are they as beautiful as Crane's Beach in Ipswich, the rugged shores of Gloucester, or sandy ocean-front beaches in nearby New Hampshire, Maine, or Rhode Island.

However, if you want a place to swim, feel sand between your toes, and relax while soaking up some sun without leaving the city, you'll find a lot to love at these convenient city beaches.

Plus, they offer something that those more famous beaches do not: you can get to them easily and quickly from Boston. Hop on the "T" (Boston's subway), bus, or ferry, and you'll be lying on a blanket on the sand in well under an hour

Here's a roundup of the best, what they offer, and how to reach them on public transportation from Boston.

Boston whale watching cruises give you with the opportunity to see some of the ocean's most fascinating creatures up close and in action. You'll be just a short distance from the city - but immersed in another world.

You'll watch the whales splash in the water, see pods of dolphins playing nearby, and observe many species of sea birds and other marine life. You'll quickly understand why cruise passengers sometimes call this "the experience of a lifetime."

How many whales will you see? Usually anywhere from 3-4 to 10 or more. How many more? Occasionally, 50 or more are spotted.

You'll quickly see why Boston offers the perfect combination of sports, culture, and lots of fun outdoor things to do on land and water.

Use our guide to find Boston's best summer activities: sailing, whale watching cruises, outdoor concerts, bike tours, local beaches, Red Sox games at Fenway Park, outdoor dining at our top restaurants, Shakespeare on Boston Common, and lots more!

Summer Concerts in Boston - Find the Best Outdoor Venues

As soon as warm weather hints at summer's arrival, Boston concerts move to outdoor venues, where you can experience memorable performances by megastars, emerging artists, and popular favorites.

Check out lineups for Boston's four top outdoor concert venues:

Gillette Stadium Concert Schedule

Water surrounds Boston on 3 sides, making it one of the best spots on the East Coast for sailing.

Of course, you can enjoy the water on one of the many Harbor cruises - but if you'd like more active involvement, spend a few days taking sailing lessons and you'll be addicted to this favorite local sport.

Get some exercise and learn about Boston and American history at the same time when you walk the length of the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail, starting at Boston Common.

The Trail takes you to 16 sites crucial to American liberty in historic downtown Boston, the North End, and Charlestown.

Boston's magnificent gardens, both public and private, burst into bloom in late spring and continue their spectacular displays throughout the summer.

Whether you're an avid gardener or just like flowers, garden tours in Boston and Cambridge from May to September let you view these special and sometimes hidden paradises - plus they provide a great way to explore the parts of the city where they're located: Beacon Hill, Fenway, the South End, Cambridge, and more.

Combine exercise with Boston sightseeing when you join a group tour led by avid cyclists who'll share details about the city's history and culture as you ride.

Tours accommodate all skill levels and most are for kids as well as adults. One of the most popular summer activities in Boston!

. Drop your kids off for a preschool structured playgroup! We will follow a daily schedule that will include open play, story time, arts and crafts, snack and indoor activities to get all their energy out! This group is designed to introduce kids to the structure of a typical school day. Children will explore fine and gross motor skills, simple songs and social interactions with children their age.

Join us for our Annual Costume Parade and Trick-Or-Treating on Main Street! The festivities begin at 10am on Stone Field. The Walpole Fire Department will lead the Halloween Parade down Main Street. The parade leaves from Blackburn hall at 10:30am with trick-or-treating taking place immediately after our Costume Parade. No day of registration will be accepted.

**Trick-Or-Treat reusable tote bag included with the first 200 registrations**

Inclement Weather:
This event is rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather that inhibits activity, you will be notified by email of that day's cancellation as early as possible. Every effort will be made to make up the missed class at the end of the program. During the winter, if Walpole Public School closes due to inclement weather, Recreation Department programs and classes will also be cancelled for the day.

Questions / Concerns:
If you have any questions or concerns about the program, please contact Arielle Carney at the Recreation Department at 508-660-6353 or directly at .


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