Are you looking for tours and activities in Boston for Memorial Day weekend? Click below for fun ways to explore the city.
Memorial Day weekend is considered the unofficial kickoff to summer. Consider welcoming the season outdoors with these five fitness opportunities.
During this two-hour kid’s night hike at Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, located on the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent to Crane Beach, families will hike Cedar Point Trail to Steep Hill Beach. The group will stop to star gaze and end the excursion by roasting—what else?—s’mores around a campfire. (Friday, May 26 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich; members: $9 for adults and $6 for children, non-members: $15 for adults and $10 for children)
You can reach your fingers to the sky, literally, during a yoga class on the grounds of Stevens-Coolidge Place, a “Country Place”-style estate. Practice yoga positions and breathing techniques among the garden flowers with certified yoga teacher Tina Wilhelm from Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the Berkshires. The Stevens family, one of the founding families of North Andover, acquired the historic property in 1729 and farmed the land for generations before transforming it into an elegant agricultural estate in 1914. (Friday, May 26 from 9 to 10 a.m.; The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover; $5 for members, $10 for non-members)
Can’t decide between hiking or yoga? Do both on this yoga hike at the Blue Hills Reservation in Milton, courtesy of Backcountry Yoga. For the first hour, participants will hike the reservation’s Skyline Loop Trail, which crosses several summits that offer panoramic views. Then visitors will attend an hour-long yoga flow class in nature. Visitors are asked to bring sturdy sneakers or hiking boots, a mat or towel, at least one liter of water, snacks, and a small backpack to carry everything in. Parking is available across the street from reservation headquarters. You can purchase tickets here. (Sunday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Blue Hills Reservation, Milton; $30)
Lace up your sneakers and take to the streets to honor fallen law enforcement officers and first responders during the Run to Remember Boston. Participants can choose between a half-marathon or a 5-mile course, both of which wind through the city. Online registration is closed, but runners can still register at the race expo at the Seaport World Trade Center on Friday or Saturday, or on the morning of the event between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. Money raised will benefit the community and children’s programs of the Boston Police Runner’s Club. A kid’s fun run will also take place on Saturday at 10 a.m.—no entry fee and no advance signup required. (Sunday, May 28 at 7 a.m.; Seaport World Trade Center, Boston; $120 to register for the half, $65 for the 5-mile)
Examine and enjoy the birds, butterflies, and plants on a guided trail walk in Newburyport, at the Mass Audubon’s Joppa Flats Education Center. On Sunday, the center will host its annual Memorial Day weekend “Bio-Blitz Free-For-All,” a free event where families can learn about the animals, plants, and habitats surrounding the center. Other outdoor activities will include a botany scavenger hunt, guided bird watching, and a walk through the salt marsh. “We have a beautiful backyard that overlooks the Merrimack River and the salt marsh,” said Lisa Hutchings, school and youth education coordinator for Joppa Flats Education Center. “Everything is so green and lush right now.” (Sunday, May 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Joppa Flats Education Center, Newburyport; free, $2 donation suggested)
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