It's that time of year again. Schools are back in session (virtually, at least), the Patriots are on TV, and a presidential election is upon us. Yes, it's fall. Before the weather and the coronavirus conspire to keep us all indoors, here are seven fun things to do in Boston this week.
1. VOTE! Early voting doesn't begin until October 17th, but it is always a good time to register to vote. Not sure if you are registered? Don't know where to cast your ballot? Check both out on the Secretary of the Commonwealth's website. With just a few pieces of information you can make sure you are registered, find out where your polling location is, learn who your elected officials are, and more. If you are registered and are just so excited that you can't wait until election day, there are 17 early voting locations set up all over the city. Any voter can vote at any one of them between the 17th and 30th of October. Of course, you can always vote on Election Day itself, November 3rd.
2. Hike in the Arnold Arboretum. With the leaves turning and nearly 300 acres of trees, flowers, and other flora to explore, there is a reason the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is known as a jewel in Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace. With easy access from the Forest Hills T stop, it is an easy an accessible place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and soak in some nature.
3. Visit the beaches of Southie. While summer is officially in our rear view mirror now, the weather is still nice enough for a trip to the beach. Instead of grabbing a towel and sunbathing all day, bring a football or a Frisbee instead. The ocean air is refreshing and there is plenty of room along Dorchester Bay for social distancing.
4. Walk the Freedom Trail. We've all seen the red line running down the sidewalk, but how many of us have actually taken in the history that runs alongside it? Guided tours are suspended during the pandemic, but there are plenty of free maps and self guided tours available online. You can walk in the footsteps of Adams, Revere, and all your favorite colonial heroes and see the places where they gave birth to America.
5. Get takeout and have a picnic. It's no secret that restaurants are hurting due to the pandemic-era restrictions placed upon them. Support your favorite eatery by ordering takeout and then having a picnic at your favorite spot in the city. It could be somewhere big, like the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway or the Boston Common. Or, if you would rather stay closer to home, take it to your neighborhood park and wave hello to a few friends.
6. Workout with Seaport Sweat. If the cooler weather has you shivering, warm up and work out with Seaport Sweat. Held on the Seaport Common and virtually, this free series out workouts can help keep you in shape and looking your best on Zoom. Choose from a variety of classes, including Zumba, Athletic Conditioning, Barre, Sculpt That sASS, Broncore Bootcamp, Kick It by Eliza, Vinyasa Yoga, and more.
7. Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice. Now that we are into October, it is Haloween season. At the Herter Park Amphitheater this weekend, the spooktacular 1988 film Beetlejuice is playing outdoors. TIckets, which are free, are limited to 50 to ensure socially distancing can be maintained. Come see Michael Keaton in one of his most iconic roles. Just don't say his name three times in a row.
It could be a long winter, so take every chance you can get to go outdoors and enjoy the nice weather. Fortunately, in Boston there is always plenty to do.