Boston’s summers are warm and mostly comfortable – the ideal climate to enjoy some outdoor activities and maybe visit some parks and paths or even waterfront locations. It’s easy to lookup the most widely recommended activities on TripAdvisor or something similar online. Even Google has its own Boston travel guide. Of course, on the downside, lots of people will be looking at the same things and going to the same places.

If you just want some Boston summer activity ideas for a great time, you can combine your sightseeing with a lot of the available outdoor activities you can do in the area. This is a great way to experience authentic Boston flavor while also avoiding the typical tourist traps and rush hours.

So what’s your summer activity of choice? Do you prefer sailing, outings at local beaches, bike tours around the city? Maybe keep it simple and just walk along Freedom Trail or explore local neighborhoods on foot? If you’re a bit sporty you can watch or even compete in the Boston Marathon and consider Dragon Boat races. Whatever your choice of warm-weather activities, Boston has plenty to offer:

Bike Tours

Exercise and sightseeing! Now that’s being a smart tourist. If you just want to get a glimpse of everyday Boston, you can join a bike tour where you’ll also learn about the city’s history and culture while you pedal your way around destinations.

Bike tours around Boston usually accommodate all levels and age groups, from kids to adults, so it’s a great family affair to try. It’s already a popular activity in Boston, and is both relaxed enough and sufficiently physically engaging for most people.

Outdoor Dining

Boston’s summers are pleasant enough that outdoor dining becomes quite a treat during the season. Visit the Outlook Kitchen & Lookout Rooftop Bar in Boston’s Innovation District and find out what it’s like dining up in the clouds. You can visit at night and get a great view of the night lights of Boston while enjoying the cool summer night breeze.

Keep an eye out for events and news that would make your visit more worthwhile. Outdoor dining is an excellent idea for families with a penchant for experiencing local cuisine and delicacies.

Summer Concerts

Boston welcomes a number of concerts during summer season, the majority of them held outdoors at locations like the waterfront Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Gillette Stadium, and Fenway Park.

Boston’s summer concert season has seen the likes of Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, the Beach Boys, and Coldplay. It’s definitely a must-try for music aficionados so take a look at scheduled music events and concerts in the area. You may even be able to find free jazz and other music events along Copley Square or at the Hatch Shell.