5 Spots in Boston You Need to Check Out This Summer

Summer is finally here and we could not be more excited! Our finals are done and our essays are submitted, meaning it's all about rest and relaxation for the next three months! Whether you live in New England or plan on road-tripping to Boston this summer, you should definitely make an effort to check out these 5 hot rest spots this break. 

#1. Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

The ICA in the Seaport District of Boston tends to not be as widely known as the Museum of Fine Art (MFA) on Huntington Ave. Yet, that does not mean it doesn't deserve to be added to your summer bucket list. Inside you can observe the wide range of pieces or head outside and enjoy the picturesque waterfront views. 

For ticket information and times about the ICA click here!

Pro Tip: Bring your student ID to purchase a discounted ticket for only $10. Those who are 17-years-old and under every day can receive free entry. Select Thursday nights from 5:00-9:00 p.m. the ICA is free for everyone!


#2 The Verb Hotel

If you want to step up your Instagram content, take The T to Kenmore and head over to the Verb Hotel right behind Fenway Park. The lobby is decorated with eccentric decor and vibrant colors to meet everyone's summertime aesthetic. 

Click here for the hotel's homepage. 


#3 SoWa

SoWa Open Market reveres local artists, makers, entrepreneurs, and everyone in between. Whether you are looking for some new jewelry, an ice-cold lemonade, or handmade kitchenware, SoWa is the place to be every Sunday this summer. Last Summer I copped a cute, hanging planter for succulents and air plants. It was the perfect addition to my dorm room, and SoWa is the perfect spot to find unique decor to boost any living space!


#4 Lawn on D

To channel your inner child, you have to swing on by the Lawn on D! During the day there are fun, elliptical shaped swings to chill out on under the sun. With the breeze of the tall buildings and the rays of sunshine, you are sure to find serenity. At night, the swings glow in the dark for a mystical experience with the bright city lights surrounding the area. Better yet? It's totally and completely free

Occasionally, various companies and/or organizations will host events at the Lawn. Be sure to check Facebook and Boston Calendars to see if there is anything special going on!


#5 Castle Island

Located in South Boston, or 'Southie' as the locals tend to call it, Castle Island is for anyone who's a lover of both the city and the water. Runners utilize the paths around the harbor, kids of all ages frolic on the playground, and families spend days gazing at the striking outlook. For pet owners, Castle Island is dog-friendly! Take your furry friend here to roam the sand and splash in the water or keep you company on a nice stroll. 

If you're looking for a bite to eat and some of the tastiest, most affordable lobster rolls in the area, you must go to Sullivan's while you're at Castle Island. The milkshakes and fries are some of the best as well and is located right on the water, you are guaranteed fresh seafood. Click here for their website to view their menu!

Boston is one of the best cities in the world (coming from someone who is utterly biased) and should most definitely be all over your summer bucket list. Hopefully, you get around to checking out these places! Happy Summer! 


Images credited to the author, Sofia Tempestoso (Instagram: @sof.temp) and Alicia Ramones (Instagram: @aliciaramones)