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Five Virtual Day Trips to Take This Summer

All you need is the Internet and a little imagination to enjoy these virtual day trips.


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Escape to Nantucket

Get a taste of ACK this summer sans ferry ride courtesy of Nantucket VR. The new website lets you take in 360-degree views of pristine beaches and shop boutiques on Main Street, with more features coming soon, including a virtual hike on one of the island’s nature trails.

nantucketvr.com.

Party with the Pops

Want to bring harmony to your house? Watch a virtual “Pops at Home” performance by nearly 80 musicians from their respective abodes, or tune into “Conversations with Keith,” a video series of interviews with conductor Keith Lockhart, who celebrates his 25th anniversary with the orchestra this year.

bostonpops.org.

Tour a Gilded Mansion

Take a virtual walk through the halls of some of Newport’s famed estates, including the Elms, a grandiose, marble-clad masterpiece. Bonus: You can even grab a souvenir from the gift shop at the end of your tour.

newportmansions.org.

Hit the Beach

Pull up a beach chair, dip your toes in a kiddie pool, and turn on New Hampshire’s Hampton Beach live webcam: Catching the sights and sounds of the waves crashing, seagulls crooning, and cars cruising down Ocean Boulevard will almost make you forget you’re in your backyard.

hamptonbeach.org/beach-cam.

Head to the Harbor

Boston Harbor Now’s Harbor at Home virtual platform keeps you connected to the history, nature, and cultural happenings along the waterfront. With new videos added weekly, from yoga classes to the “Berklee Anywhere” concert series, you can consider your summer calendar filled.

bostonharbornow.org/harborathome.

Massachusetts Day Trip Ideas For Your Socially-Distanced Summer