Visiting Boston in the summer offers a delightful blend of historical charm and vibrant city life, with warm weather perfect for exploring the Freedom Trail and enjoying various outdoor activities. The city’s waterfront comes alive with activities like sailing on the Charles River and lounging on scenic harbor cruises. Additionally, Boston’s lush parks and gardens, such as the Boston Public Garden, provide a picturesque backdrop for leisurely strolls and picnics.

Open Newbury

The City of Boston presents Open Newbury Street featuring 10 consecutive Sundays of a car-free Newbury Street. A cherished summer tradition, Open Newbury transforms the popular street into a pedestrian-only zone, offering shopping, family-friendly activities, pop-up parklets, brand activations and more. The street will be open to the public from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. on the below dates, the perfect way to spend a leisurely Sunday.

  • June 30
  • July 7, 14, 21, 28
  • August 4, 11, 18, 25
  • September 1

photo credit: Bret Clancy @bretclancy

Boston Harbor

Boston Harbor Islands

Comprising of 34 islands and peninsulas, the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is an urban oasis just minutes from the heart of Boston’s city center. Many of the islands and peninsulas are accessible by seasonal public ferry service or can be accessed year-round by car or on foot. Islands range from rustic retreats to family-friendly hubs with a range of activities.

Catch a Game

Attending a Red Sox game at Fenway Park has been a rite of passage amongst baseball lovers since the stadium’s opening in 1912 (the same year our Copley Plaza Hotel opened). As the oldest, and one of the smallest, ballparks in Major League Baseball, Fenway Park exudes historic charm and the Red Sox is one of America’s most beloved teams. Visiting is a great activity for all sports-loving families. Take a Fenway Park Tour which offers a sneak-peek inside to experience parts of Fenway that many fans never see.

Kayaking on the Charles

Summer is a short season in Boston, prompting locals and visitors alike to savor every moment outside, especially onto the water. Experience the unique city skyline while kayaking along the Charles River with Paddle Boston. As you glide through the water, view the historic brownstone apartments of Back Bay, the iconic Citgo sign in Kenmore, and the vibrant tech developments in Cambridge. Paddle beneath the bustling Longfellow and Harvard Bridges, and make your way to the serene waters of the Esplanade. Don’t forget to bring ample sun protection, including sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat.

photo credit: Jessica Mading

Duck Tours

Boston Duck Tours offers fully narrated historical tours of the city aboard replica World War II amphibious DUKW vehicles, capable of traversing both land and water. As you journey through Boston, you’ll pass landmarks that made Boston the birthplace of freedom and a city of firsts. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, your conDUCKtor will steer the DUCK into the Charles River, where you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.

There are three departure locations throughout the city: the Prudential Center, the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium (the Prudential location is closest to our hotel.)

Book our “Just Ducky” room package which includes two adult Duck Tour tickets. Lucky guests may get a seat on the hotel’s special Catie Copley DUCK boat that honors the legacy of our first Canine Ambassador.

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Explore the Freedom Trail

Boston’s iconic 2.5-mile Freedom Trail links 16 historical sites across the city, each celebrated for its significance in the American Revolution. This historic pathway vividly presents Boston’s colonial history right on the streets where the city’s most pivotal events occurred centuries ago. Visitors can traverse the entire trail or choose to explore specific sites of interest.

Revel in the experience of walking in the footsteps of America’s founding fathers along the famous red brick path, which stretches from Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown. Even locals consider the trail a “must-do” activity, and it has been named one of America’s top landmarks by Fodor’s Travel.

Book our “Freedom Trail Discovery” room package which includes luxurious overnight accommodations and a copy of The Freedom Trail, An Artist’s View.