New England offers plenty to do throughout its four seasons, but truly blossoms come summer when visitors can enjoy long days and easy access to trails, beaches, and outdoor concerts. Here are 8 reasons why summer in New England is so enjoyable.

Visit The Trustees of Reservations Properties

Explore New England from sea to woods thanks to The Trustees of Reservations, whose 100-plus properties and 25,000 protected acres include Crane Beach on Boston’s North Shore, Long Point Wildlife Refuge on Martha’s Vineyard, and the Old Manse (the home of both Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne) in Concord.  

See a Concert at Tanglewood

Head to Tanglewood, the summer performance venue for the Boston Symphony Orchestra in the Berkshires, just two hours from Boston. For the 2017 season, expect everything from Brahms to a tribute to former Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor John Williams. Pack a blanket and a picnic and enjoy an evening of music.

Walks Along the Charles River

Start walking at the Museum of Science and head towards the Massachusetts Avenue Bridge, timing it just right so you can see the sun set over sailboats on the Charles River.  

Dine on Lobster Rolls and Oysters

While you can technically eat this iconic New England food throughout the year it seems to taste better outside on a summer day. If you’re in the city, eat lobster rolls and oysters at Island Creek Oyster Bar or travel to Eastham on Cape Cod and indulge at Arnold’s Lobster and Clam Bar.

Berry Picking at Russell Orchards

Head 40 minutes north of Boston to Ipswich to take in a changing landscape of sea and farmlands and to go berry picking at Russell Orchards. The farm offers pick-your-own blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries in season, a fun petting zoo, and a general store if you just want to stock up on fresh fruit.

Spot Hydrangeas in Bloom

Hydrangeas seem to pop up everywhere in coastal Massachusetts, from the Back Bay neighborhood and Nantucket’s picturesque streets to the Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich (60 miles south of Boston), in hues of pink, purple, blue, and cream. It’s one of the most beautiful sites of summer in New England.

See an Outdoor Movie

Watch a movie outside thanks to Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade and carefully preserved venues like the Mendon Twin Drive-In and the Wellfleet Drive-in-Theatre.

Participate in Open-Air Classes

Perspire outdoors (for free) with classes like Zumba on the Esplanade and the Seaport Sweat series, back for its second year, where you can take yoga and HIIT on the Seaport Common.