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Staycation ideas for the adventurous type

Karen Morales
Staycation ideas for the adventurous type
The Aurora, a ship operated by the New England Aquarium Whale Watch program in Boston Harbor. Photo: Fletcher6/

To take a staycation means to spend time off work while staying in your hometown and enjoying your surroundings.

Usually you might be jetting off to a far-off place, snorkeling in the Caribbean or bungee jumping in the jungle. However, your budget may not accommodate for that.

A staycation in the Greater Boston area may not be exotic but it’s still possible to appease any thrill-seekers itching for out-of-the-ordinary activities.

Canoeing or kayaking on the Charles River

Take in the Boston skyline from the water on a nine-mile stretch of the Charles River. Whether you’re renting a canoe or kayak, it’s an easy paddling experience that you can enjoy as a solo outing or a group trip with family.

For more information about kayaking or canoeing on the Charles River, visit:

Whale watching on Boston Harbor

The New England Aquarium brings visitors out on a cruise to Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, home to marine life such as dolphins, sea birds and whales. Passengers can try to catch a glimpse of whales like the humpback, finback or minke whale.

Boston Harbor Cruises:


Hiking trails near Boston are breathtaking and peaceful respites from the urban hustle and bustle. The Blue Hills Reservation for example, is 7,000 acres of protected land stretching across parts of Milton, Quincy, Braintree, Canton, Randolph, and Dedham, south of Boston. Hikers can get a good workout in by making their way through rocky paths while taking in the meadows, ponds, marshes and other natural habitats.

Blue Hills Reservation:

Rock climbing

During a rainy day, you can put your climbing skills to the test at indoor rock climbing facility Brooklyn Boulders in Somerville. An enormous space, Brooklyn Boulders has several walls for various experience levels. For an even more unique experience, check out Quincy Quarries, an outdoor climbing spot which once operated as a granite quarry.

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