Top-Rated Day Trips from Boston

Explore Popular New England Destinations

 

Plimoth Plantation is less than an hour south of Boston and 15 minutes from Cape Cod, and is a living museum dedicated to telling the history of Plymouth Colony from the perspective of both the Pilgrims and the Native Wampanoag people. The museum, a Smithsonian Affiliate, features the 17th-Century English Village, Wampanoag Homesite, Craft Center, Plimoth Grist Mill and new waterfront exhibit “Should I Stay Or Should I Go?” Please note that Mayflower II, the iconic full-scale reproduction of the original ship that sailed to Plymouth in 1620, is currently undergoing restoration until 2019.

View directions to Plimoth Plantation by train, bus and car.

 

Cape Cod is a peninsula of Massachusetts and a popular summertime destination. There are many quaint villages, lighthouses, seafood shacks and beaches to visit. Top Things to do in Cape Cod:

  • Explore the National Seashore of 40,000 acres of protected beach and dunes from Provincetown to Chatham.
  • Take a Whale and Dolphin Watch trip out of Provincetown or Hyannis.
  • Rent bicycles or walk the 10-mile Shining Sea Bikeway past cranberry bogs and marshes in Falmouth.
  • Visit Race Point Beach and Race Point Lighthouse in Provincetown, and then enjoy classic New England seafood at the Lobster Pot restaurant.
  • Tour the family-friendly Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich. It boasts 70+ acres of gardens and offers an array of art, antique cars, carousels and more! Entry to the Museum is $18 per person.
  • Two islands, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket are also accessible from Cape Cod (see section sections below for information).

Traveling to Cape Cod:

  • Boston Harbor Cruise offers all-day ferry service departing Long Wharf in Boston and arriving in Provincetown within 90 minutes (one-way ticket is $59, round-trip ticket is $88)
  • The Cape Flyer offers Boston to Cape Cod train service departing South Station and arriving in Hyannis within 90 minutes (one-way ticket $22, round- trip ticket $40, kids under 11 ride for free)
  • Plymouth & Brockton bus line offers service departing South Station or Logan Airport and arriving in Hyannis (one-way ticket from Airport $33, one-way ticket from South Station $38)

 

Martha’s Vineyard is an island south of Cape Cod. It encompasses harbor towns, lighthouses, beaches, and farmland. Oak Bluffs is a tiny town loved for its “gingerbread cottages” and historic buildings while Edgartown is an extremely popular tourist spot due to its gorgeous beaches and historical significance as a whaling town. Top Things to do in Martha’s Vineyard:

Traveling to Martha’s Vineyard:

  • Peter Pan bus offers all-day service departing South Station or Logan Airport and arriving at the Woods Hole terminal on Cape Cod where you will then need to take a ferry to access Martha’s Vineyard (one-way bus ticket is approximately $31)
  • The Steamship Authority Ferry runs daily service to Martha’s Vineyard from the Woods Hole terminal on Cape Cod (one-way ticket $8.50, round-trip ticket $17)

 

Nantucket is a 50-square mile island off of Cape Cod and a National Historic District. You can take the shuttle throughout the entire island or rent bikes. There are seaside cottages, beautiful beaches and restaurants serving fresh seafood scattered throughout the island. Top Things to do in Nantucket:

  • Visit the Whaling Museum featuring top-quality exhibits and galleries, home to a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton, restored 1847 oil and candle factory and countless Nantucket artifacts. Relax on the full-accessible rooftop observation deck offering stunning views of Nantucket Harbor.
  • Cisco Brewers offers a winery, brewery and distillery all-in-one! Open daily with live music and food trucks. Stop by for a brewery tour and hop the free shuttle from downtown to visit.
  • The picturesque Sankaty Head Lighthouse is located just 9 miles from downtown Nantucket.

Traveling to Nantucket:

  • Plymouth & Brockton bus line offers service departing South Station or Logan Airport and arriving in Hyannis on Cape Cod where you will then need to take a ferry to access Nantucket (one-way ticket from Airport $33, one-way ticket from South Station $38). Peter Pan bus also offers service from South Station to Hyannis (one-way ticket $22).
  • The Cape Flyer offers Boston to Cape Cod train service departing South Station and arriving in Hyannis within 90 minutes (one-way ticket $22, round- trip ticket $40, kids under 11 ride for free) where you will then need to take a ferry to access Nantucket.
  • Hy-Line Cruises offers all-day ferry service departing Hyannis on Cape Cod and arriving in Nantucket in 1 hour (one-way ticket is $41, round-trip ticket is $77).

 

Rhode Island is home to many popular destinations, such as Newport, Providence, and Narragansett. Top Things to do in Rhode Island:

  • Visit Newport, the seaside city is known for its Gilded Age mansions, some of which are now museums – including the most famous, The Breakers
  • Visit Providence, the capital city of Rhode Island is  home to Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), 18th– and 19th-century homes and plenty of things to do including a mega-mall, the Roger Williams Zoo and a scenic Riverwalk

Traveling to Rhode Island:

  • To Newport: The Peter Pan bus line offers service departing South Station or Logan Airport and arriving in Newport, RI in about 90 minutes (one-way ticket $32). How to get around Newport.
  • To Providence: The MBTA Commuter Rail offers a Providence/Stoughton Line departing Ruggles or South Station and arriving in Providence in about 1 hour (one-way ticket $11.50).

Overnight Destinations

Maine is lovingly referred to as “vacationland.” It boasts 4,000 miles of coastline, beaches, mountains, and crystal clear fresh water lakes.  A few popular destinations include Portland, Old Orchard Beach, and York. Top Things to do in Maine:

Traveling to Maine:

  • Amtrak offers a Downeaster train that departs North Station daily and stops in Portland, Old Orchard Beach, and York among other Maine destinations (round-trip tickets range from $42-58).

 

New York City is only a few hours away from Boston. Experience the many historic landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Grand Central Station, the Empire State building and Time Square. Explore all New York has to offer using the official NYC guide.

Traveling to New York City:

  • Amtrak offers the Acela Express of Northeast Regional line that departs South Station daily and arrives in Penn Station (round-trip tickets range from $49-$150).
  • The Bolt Bus, Greyhound, and Mega Bus lines all offer direct routes to NYC with varying drop-off locations. All buses depart South Station (round-trip tickets range from $20-80).

 

New Hampshire has seacoast and the mountain destinations.

Experience the Seacoast Region of New Hampshire with its fun, beauty and history, including Hampton Beach, which has activities and attractions for everyone.

Directions to the New Hampshire seacoast by car.

Explore the White Mountains of New Hampshire by driving the spectacular Kancamagus Highway, or enjoy quaint shops and outlets in North Conway, as well as a host of family theme parks throughout the area.

Directions to the New Hampshire White Mountain region by car.