Of course there are the obvious, more traditional (and always fantastic) ways to spend the long weekend—lighting up the BBQ with friends, first Cape trip of the year with family, catching the Sox game at Fenway. But then, there’s so much going on in Boston and beyond, why not try something new this Memorial Day? Here are some UPP Picks to get you moving:
For Boston Harbor Islands fans:
Camping in Boston Harbor: Grape, Bumpkin, or Lovells Islands. Hop on a Harbor Islands Express Ferry out to Georges Island, check out Fort Warren, and then transfer to Grape, Bumpkin, or Lovells for a night of camping—with an incredible view of the city skyline. Reservations are necessary; call the Boston Harbor Islands ranger line (617-223-8666) to make one and they’ll also help you plan your trip!
Sail in Boston Harbor: If do-it-yourself camping isn’t your style, why not let Captain Don take you on a tour of the Boston Harbor? Grab a group of friends and board the Tupelo Honey for a 2-hour tour of the harbor on this beautiful 31-foot sailboat. Don’t forget your sunblock! For reservations visit the Come Sail Away Now website.
For Boston Families:
Curious about Curious George? Let’s Get Curious at the Boston Children’s Museum. This exciting traveling exhibit will be around Boston until June 6; get the kids over to the museum to learn more about science, math, and engineering—and of course, Curious George himself!
Join in Jim Henson’s Fantastic World at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington. Muppets and artwork and stories! Friends of Kermit and Miss Piggy—even friends of Oscar the Grouch—will get to explore the incredible work of the man who created some of America’s most cherished characters.
For Die-Hard Boston Sports Fans:
Hit up the Sports Bars–or run, then drink: In case you lack the space to grill in your own backyard, check out these Boston bars featured by author Chris Klein. The Baseball Tavern features a great roof deck (opening for the season this weekend) with excellent views of the Green Monster. Join McGreevy’s and Social Boston Sports for their Memorial Day run, followed by a pint and food at the pub. To register, visit Social Boston Sports–if you enjoy it, you can do it weekly!
For Boston’s Gardens & Green Spaces lovers:
Farming for the Urbanites: Visit Newton Community Farm, the last operating farm in town, for lessons on day-to-day harvesting and hands-on gardening workshops. Then taste the fruits of your labor at the Mass Farmers Markets.
For Those Who Dare to go Under Cape Cod Waters:
Snorkeling Classes: Whet your appetite for the June 1 release of Under Cape Cod Waters and get a first-hand look at the creatures below with Cape Cod Sea Sports. Sign up for their snorkeling classes and tours, catered to the casual snorkeler.