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Usually, summer is the time to take advantage of good weather and explore the sights and sounds around Cambridge, MA. From the art, food, and music of SoWa Market to the thrilling action of a Red Sox game and relaxing ferry rides to P-town, there are a lot of things to look forward to. However, as you're aware, things are not quite the same this year, and our TVs, phones, and computer screens seem to have become the only source of recreation as we continue to fight the pandemic by staying indoors.
Thing is, that does start getting a bit boring pretty quickly. If you've been feeling that way as well, we've got some good news! You don't have to lock yourself in your home to practice social distancing, and there are still plenty of things you can do in and around Cambridge to break the monotony and enjoy a much-needed change of scenery.
Home to arguably one of the best lilac collections in North America, the Arnold Arboretum is the ideal place to get a closer look at the vibrant beauty of nature. Harvard's spectacular tree sanctuary is a sight to behold and presents a one-of-kind spot for relaxing outdoor activities like nature walks and picnics. The arboretum is open from dawn to dusk and entry is free!
If you're feeling a bit more adventurous, there are few better ways to get some fresh air than exploring the hiking trails of Blue Hill. Just a few minutes outside Boston, you'll find a 7,000-acre reservation with picturesque trails that are still open. The scenery is breathtaking, and if you climb the Great Blue Hill during off-hours, you'll get an unparalleled view of the city skyline.
Boston Public Market
A great way to spend a day out of the house is to support the local purveyors of the Boston Public Market. Try some of the finest artisanal cheeses, get some locally raised beef, or grab takeout ramen from the Noodle Lab. Even during the lockdown, most of the market's goods are still available through the four-day-a-week outdoor market.
Craigie on Main
If all the outdoor activities have got you feeling a bit hungry, stop by Craigie on Main on your way back. Chef Tony Maws' burger became famous when it hit the cover of Bon Appetit, and it remains one of the best treats for your taste buds in Cambridge. A version of that coveted burger is now available on the restaurant's takeout menu, and of course, mace ketchup is included.
So there you have it – some of the best ways to have a good time outdoors during the quarantine. While things aren't exactly back to normal yet, we are getting there, and soon you and your loved ones will be able to enjoy all that Cambridge and its surrounding areas have to offer. Till then, stay safe and stay positive!