Things to Do in the Spring Near Boston

Spring in Boston is a great time to get outside and enjoy what the city and nearby areas have to offer. From taking a boat around the harbor to picking your own flowers at a local farm, there’s plenty to do. 

You can learn rock climbing, see flowers at the Arnold Arboretum, or watch the famous Boston Marathon. And there’s a wealth of hikes just outside the city for nature lovers and bird watchers. 

Join us as we share some of our favorite things to do near Boston in the spring. If we leave you feeling inspired, be sure to check out our selection of Fun Day Trips Near Boston


Cruise the Boston Harbor

Taking a cruise across the Boston Harbor is a fantastic way to kick off your spring adventures in the city. As the winter ice recedes, the harbor comes alive with a flurry of activity, offering panoramic views of the Boston skyline and a unique perspective on the city’s historic landmarks. 

Options abound for every type of sea farer – from leisurely sunset cruises that offer a romantic glimpse of the city under the soft glow of dusk, to lively, narrated tours that delve into Boston’s history.

Highlights of a Boston Harbor Cruise Experience

  • Historical Landmarks: Catch sight of the USS Constitution, America’s Ship of State, along with the Boston Light, the nation’s oldest lighthouse station.
  • Skyline Views: The Boston skyline is a stunning mix of old and new, and viewing it from the water provides a breathtaking perspective you can’t get on land. The Prudential Tower and the John Hancock Building stand as modern sentinels amid the historical architecture.

Go Rock Climbing

Rock climbing is an activity that offers an exhilarating challenge, along with stunning outdoor views. For those in Boston looking to try their hand at this adventurous sport, Red Rock in Halibut Point State Park presents an ideal starting point. Known as the premier beginner crag near Boston, Red Rock features moderate routes that promise an accessible yet thrilling introduction to rock climbing.

What sets this experience apart is not just the high-quality rock or the well-bolted routes, but the breathtaking coastal views that greet climbers at the summit. It’s an opportunity to push your limits and enjoy nature’s wonders, all in one.

Keolis massAdventures offers a guided Rock Climbing Adventure at Red Rock, designed for beginners and those looking to refine their skills. Under the guidance of local qualified instructors, guests can learn the basics of rock climbing, from safety practices to technique, making it a perfect way to explore this rewarding activity. 

If Red Rock doesn’t seem like a perfect day of climbing to you, you can also consider our Climbing Experience at College Rock.

See What’s Blooming at the Arnold Arboretum

Spring transforms the Arnold Arboretum into a living artwork, bursting with colors and fragrances. It’s a time when rare magnolias, vibrant azaleas, and cherry blossoms begin their short but glorious displays. 

A visit to the Arnold Arboretum makes for a revitalizing escape from the bustle of the city, and it’s a rich educational experience in botany and conservation for visitors of all ages. 

For those wanting to take their exploration of the Arboretum’s plant life further, guiding tours that take you behind the scenes are available.

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Watch the Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is a city-wide celebration of strength, endurance, and community spirit. Spectators line the streets, cheering on runners from around the globe in one of the world’s oldest and most respected annual marathons. 

Experiencing this event, whether as a participant or a supporter, connects you to the heart of Boston’s community. The energy is infectious, with festivities and sideline events taking place throughout the duration of the race.

Female Wood Duck

Connect with Nature: Go Bird Watching or Hiking

Spring welcomes nature lovers outdoors after the winter months spent at home, and what better way to embrace the season than combining a scenic hike with the tranquil pleasure of bird watching? Middlesex Fells, a mere stone’s throw from Boston, offers an idyllic setting for such an adventure. This vast conservation area is a haven for bird enthusiasts eager to spot migrant songbirds including the majestic Bald Eagle and the graceful Wood Duck amidst its wooded-pine areas and scrubby-rocky ridgelines.

For those looking to venture a bit further, Plum Island presents a unique birding experience at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Here, amidst sandy beaches and dune woodlands, you can join our local expert, Steve, for a birding tour that promises sightings of dazzling warblers and vibrant vireos during the spring migration.

Keolis massAdventures proudly offers guided excursions to both destinations, where you can enjoy the beauty of nature and the thrill of discovery with the expertise of a knowledgeable guide. Check out our Plum Island Birding Tour and Bird Watching at Middlesex Fells pages to learn more. 

If, on the other hand, you’d rather focus on hiking rather than birding, we recommend our World’s End Guided Hike Near Boston. The World’s End Trail is a captivating 3.8-mile loop near Hingham, Massachusetts. Our guided day tour includes your rail tickets for getting to the hike’s starting point where you’ll rendezvous with your knowledgeable guide. 

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Visit Boston Public Garden

The Boston Public Garden, America’s first public botanical garden, is a springtime jewel in the heart of the city. Here, the Swan Boats return to the lagoon, tulips paint the paths in vibrant colors, and the weeping willows begin to green. 

This historic garden is not just a feast for the eyes but the ideal spot to enjoy some meditative downtime in the center of the city. A carefree stroll here is a quintessential Boston spring experience!

Or, if you’d like to take a guided tour of a botanical garden, why not book a place on our New England Botanical Gardens Guided Tour? The New England Botanical Gardens have been voted among the best in the entire United States. This experience begins with a 45-minute guided tour before allowing you time to enjoy the revitalizing atmosphere of the gardens on your own. Why not drink an artisanal brew in the gardens’ charming coffee shop? 

Finally, consider joining us for a delightful tulip-picking adventure at Wards Berry Farm in Sharon, MA. Our Tulip Picking Experience Near Boston lets you wander through vibrant fields of blooming tulips and create a personalized bouquet to take home. 

We hope we’ve provided you with some inspiration for springtime activities in Boston and its surrounding regions. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

And please check out our full selection of Day Trips Near Boston before you leave.