You know it's summer when the city bustles with sun seekers and the streets brim with tourists. There is plenty to do in this city when the temperatures simmer, including music festivals, theater shows, and cruises on the Charles River. Here are some of our favorite activities to enjoy on a summer night, long after the sun has set.
1. “Swing” by The Lawn on D
Where? 420 D Street, Boston, MA 02210
The Lawn on D has something for everyone on a summer night in South Boston. Visitors can enjoy complimentary lawn games including bocce, cornhole, and life-size Jenga. But, if you are in the mood to relax, you can swing on the large, light-enabled swing set that doubles as a public work of art. To top it all off, there is even an expanded concessions menu and bar during specific hours.
Looking for things to do on summer nights? Hop on a cruise, sip a cocktail at a rooftop lounge and tuck into dinner on the waterfront. These activities are best enjoyed in the evening when the temperatures cool and the city's unique architecture light up the night sky.
2. Enjoy a Cocktail on a Roof Terrace
Where? 70 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210
The Lookout Rooftop and Bar at the upscale Envoy Hotel, has some of the best waterfront panoramas anywhere in the city. Locals come here for the views -- the city's uber-modern high-rises loom in the distance -- and stay for the cocktail menu, an ever-changing roster of colorful concoctions. Try "Elevation," a bubbly blend of gin, limoncello, watermelon and soda, or "Whiskey Daisy," a must-have mixture of bourbon, lemon and mint. There's no need to book a table -- reservations are first-come, first-served.
3. Grab a Bite to Eat Al Fresco
Where? 354 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02118
Lion's Tail, located on Harrison Avenue in South Boston less than a mile from PORT45, fuses authentic fare with fine wine. This lounge, which was featured on NBC's The Scene, is open daily and closes late, making it the ultimate place to enjoy a quick bite in this vibrant section of Beantown. Sit outside on their patio and enjoy dishes such as braised beef short rib, Arctic char, and New England swordfish with clams and soft onion cream. Then there's the wine: Old and New World reds and whites served by the bottle.
4. See the Boston Skyline on an Evening Cruise
Where? 200 Seaport Blvd #75, Boston, MA 02210
Spirit Cruises leave the Seaport World Trade Center Marine Terminal, about a mile from Port 45, throughout the week. This unique experience provides you with panoramic views of Boston's skyline including Park Street Church, Cathedral of the Holy Cross, and the gleaming skyscrapers of the Financial District. Sunset dinner cruises depart at 7 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, and 6 p.m. on Sunday.
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