Free parking is available in the lot near Fort Independence for this location that has three beaches in one, with access to Carson Beach, Pleasure Bay, and M Street Beach. Plus, if you want to skip the swim suits, you can take a tour of the historic fort.
Pro tip: If you are planning a Southie beach day, Loco Taqueria is offering Loco Playa Bags to make your beach snacks easier. For $65, a to-go bag includes two bottled margaritas, fresh fruit with packs of Tajin, guac, and chips + salsa in a reusable cooler tote.
Enjoy views of Boston Harbor from the beach on the 114-acre island, which is only accessible by boat or ferry. Relax in the sand, take a hike, or enjoy one of the upcoming events at the island. The ferry runs approximately every 30 minutes.
This beach is located nearby boat ramps + offers accessible beach wheelchairs and discounted parking for residents. Pro tip: Get there early for a space. If the parking lot is at capacity like it was for City Editor Jess, then head up the road to King’s Beach.
This beach trip is about an hour away from Boston, but they don’t call Gloucester the “Place to be in the Summer” for nothing. Parking reservations are required for non-residents and open 10 days prior so book your spot early.
Grab your flip flops and click the link below for four more beach destinations near Boston.
Inaugural Celebration Summer Block Party | Thurs., June 30 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | City Hall Plaza | Free | Mayor Wu will host the first of its kind celebration featuring family-friendly activities, food, and musical performances for “A Celebration of Boston’s Possibility.”
LÉON | Thurs., June 30 | 8 p.m. | House of Blues | $38+ | Doors open at 7 p.m. to see the Swedish artist on her “Fade Into A Dream” tour.
Farm Fresh Stand-up Comedy | Thurs., June 30 | 7 p.m. | Eastie Farm, 294 Sumner St. | $10 | Enjoy a funny night at the farm with food, great company + even better laughs.
Boston Harborfest | Fri., July 1-Mon., July 4 | Times vary | Downtown Crossing | Free | Kick off the holiday weekend with the local tradition — complete with music, tours + entertainment.
Concerts in the Courtyard | Fri., July 1 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | Central Library, Copley Square | Free | Seating is first come, first served for the Blues with performer Leon Beal Jr. in the courtyard. 🎤
Flogging Molly & The Interrupters | Fri., July 1 | 6:30 p.m. | Leader Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Ave. | $29+ | Calling all Celtic punk fans — it’s time to rock out with the Irish-American band.
Steely Dan | Sat., July 2 | 7:30 p.m. | Xfinity Center, 885 S. Main St., Mansfield | $29+ | Rock out with the famous band from the 70s. 🎵
Frank White Experience | Sat., July 2 | 8-11:30 p.m | Aeronaut Cannery & Taproom, 199 Ashland St., Everett | $10 | Enjoy a tribute to The Notorious B.I.G with live instrumentation like you’ve never seen before.
July 4th Weekend Indie Market + Day Party | Sun., July 3 | 12-6 p.m. | Charles River Speedway, 525 Western Ave., Brighton | Free | Score some vintage goods, support local vendors + sip on a drink from Notch Brewery. 🛍️
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Two Jamaica Plain residents are opening a new neighborhood Italian restaurant this summer. Tonino will offer Sicilian-style pizza + house-made pastas with an eclectic beverage program in the former Little Dipper space, located at 669A Centre St. 🍕 (Eater Boston)
The Boston Elections Commissionerwill host an educational virtual meetings on the new precinct lines in the City of Boston + how it will affect voting in the upcoming elections. Tune in today at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. 🗳️
The Museum of Fine Arts ratified its first labor deal this week. The union contract will raise wages and minimum pay rates at least 5% beginning tomorrow. The estimated increase in cost would be ~13.5% over the three year agreement. (CBS Boston)
Two local viral TikTokers, Nick DiGiovanni and Lynn Davis, have teamed up to make the world’s largest chicken nugget. The nugget officially weighed in at 46.21 pounds. It took eight hours to cook the nugget using an industrial oven at Cambridge School of Culinary Arts. (Boston Globe)
Is your pup ready to explore off leash? There’s an app for that.Sniffspot was created by David Adams to connect pet owners with safe and private spaces that dog owners can rent by the hour. There are over 66 locations around the Greater Boston area.🐶 (WCVB 5)
95,518. That’s the number of homes valued at $1 million or more in the metro Boston area, according to LendingTree’s list of the highest share of million-dollar homes. Of those properties, 8.35% are owner-occupied. 🏠 (Real Estate Boston Globe)
The Commission on Black Men and Boys will hosttwo listening sessions to hear from the community at the Bruce Bolling Building in Nubian Square. Save the dates: Wed., July 6 + Wed., Aug. 3 from 6-7 p.m.
Airbnbis enforcing a permanent party ban on all online rental listings for the Fourth of July weekend. This was implemented in August 2020 in Massachusetts, which resulted in a 67% decrease in reports of parties over the year. Boston currently has 195,823 bookings for this summer, an estimated increase of 41% compared to last summer. (Boston Business Journal)
13.6%.That’s the increase in prices of one-bedroom rentals in Boston over the last year, according to Zumper. This ranks our city as the fourth most expensive in the US, behind New York, San Francisco, and San Jose.
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Take a behind the scenes look at the SOWA Power Station with Mark Lach, the creative producer for National Geographic’s new immersive experience. Beyond King Tut will feature nine galleries + interactive elements to unveil some of the mystery of ancient Egypt.
The video walks you through the local venue as it prepares for the event with thousands of trusts, miles of cables, and over 50 high definition projectors to bring the art installation to life. The exhibit will open on Fri., July 8 — tickets are available here.
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Editor’s pick:History has its eyes on this news. We all know Alexander Hamiltonwrote letters like he was running out of time,but here is a letter you might not know about.
Just you wait for the Fourth of July, when the recovered letter written by Hamilton in 1780 will be on display in Boston.
Be in the room where it happened on Monday at the Commonwealth Museum (free admission from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.) to see the Revolutionary War era letter along with documents from George Washington + John Hancock.
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