by Marianne Farrell
Photo courtesy of Noor Nassar
While everyone enjoys heading home during mid-May, ready to reunite with hometown friends and family after a long wait, some Boston University students stay in Bean Town for the summer months. Overflowing with fun summer events, warm weather and long nights, Boston is an amazing summer spot for students. Contrary to popular belief though, it is still possible to experience these interesting, lively summer events in Boston before fall sweeps over BU.
On the Water
For those who spend most of their summer days on the water, those relaxing days do not have to end once school starts. Instead, gather a group of close friends and sail around Boston around a lovely cruise ship ride. There are many options to choose from including a Tall Ship Sunset Cruise or a Sunset Harbor Cruise, both of which feature a majestic sunset view on a historic, spectacular boat. For a more late night party option, check out the 21 plus Boston Labor Day Weekend Pier Pressure White Party Cruise. This boat cruise includes some of Boston’s hottest, up-and-coming DJs and four full decks of non-stop fun.
The Boston Arts Festival
Located at the scenic waterfront Christopher Columbus Park, the free arts event, happening between September 9-10, is filled with local artists, artisans and musicians promoting their craft and launching Boston’s Arts Open Studios’ new season. Listen to live local musicians all day long, shop around at the stalls of seventy visual artists and craftspeople and support the arts!
Beach Day Trip
Before the brutal New England winters kick in, soak up some serious sun to cure those back-to-school blues at a nearby beach. Skedaddle, a bus-pooling app, offers a $1 boat ride from Boston to Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts over Labor Day Weekend. If that location seems a little far from the hustle and bustle of Boston, head on over to Carson Beach in South Boston or Constitution Beach in East Boston. One could even head over to one of the more popular MA beaches, Singing Beach in Manchester-By-The-Sea. All of these clean beaches contain sparkling waters, changing areas, grassy areas for a game or two of Frisbee and most importantly, are easy to get to on the commuter rail.
Ava Morrison (COM ’20), an avid beachgoer, said “If you are craving a beach day, nearby Revere Beach will do the job, but if you’re craving a scenic getaway, Singing Beach is the way to go.”
If one wants a refreshing escape from the sometimes-intimidating FitRec, head on over for some free workout classes around Boston. Take in 16 of the famous sites Boston has to offer while running a 5k on the Freedom Trail Run on September 9. You can also bask in the stunning early morning light at the Sunrise Yoga Series at the Charles River Bistro, located right on the Esplanade. This deal for your inner yogi is also happening on September 9. If you attend this class you can receive 50% off a post-yoga meal from the Charles River Bistro.
New students in Boston will appreciate this exciting activity. You can get to know the most unexplored parts and uncovered gems in a thrilling three hour-long scavenger hunt around the city. If you want to save an extra 20%, bring two to five of your friends. This out-of-the-box venture is available year round, but is a nice way to enjoy the last days of warm weather Boston has to offer.
Open Newbury Street
On Sunday, September 10, enjoy all the beautiful sights and sounds on Newbury Street already offers from a different perspective. The event features several food stands from local restaurants, giving adventurous diners and new students the opportunity to broaden their palettes and discover some potential new favorite restaurants.
“I can’t wait to experience another fall in Boston and I want to get out and explore even more of the city this semester!” said Kristin Lunt (COM ’20). The start of school does not mean summer is completely over; it is not too late to experience all the summer activities that Boston has to offer.