Trips

**You may sign up for trips online on a rolling basis one week in advance, starting every Thursday at noon. Please see the "College Visits" tab for information on how to sign up for those trips.**

 

This year's schedule includes trips to historic Fenway Park for Red Sox games, excursions to Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod, and a taste of how Boston does the Fourth of July!

A number of trips are marked as "T fare only", in which case individual students will be responsible for covering the cost of their own T rides for transportation. For all other trips, transportation is factored into the price of the trip.

All trips meet at either outside the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church) or at the corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets, by the Science Center and Memorial Hall (Annenberg). 

We do not issue refunds for trips, so make sure to sign up for events you can actually attend! Please also make sure to read the SAO Statement of Agreement to familiarize yourself with the expectations of attending Summer School trips.

Please make sure to read the Important Notes page before signing up for events, and email hssao+trips@g.harvard.edu with any questions.

***Note: Please bring a charged cell phone on each trip.

Red Sox vs Angels - Thursday, June 28

Tuesday, July 31
5:30-11:30pm
Cost: $20 + your own T fare
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

Watch the sport rivalry continue as Boston Red Sox play the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park!

 

Brown 1 - Friday, June 29

Friday, June 29
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Meet at corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets

Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs. With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction.

Learn more about Brown and its admissions process before the trip by visiting https://www.brown.edu/admission.

Canobie Lake Park - Saturday, June 30

Saturday, June 30
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Cost: $33
Meet at the corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets.

Canobie Lake Park is an amusement park located in Salem, NH. Home of the famous for the Yankee Cannonball, and one of New England's only “dark rides”, the Mine of Lost Souls. Take a break and cool down on one of their many water rides, too!

 

Duck Tour - Saturday, June 30

Sunday, July 29
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Cost: $17
Meet at corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets.

Cruise around Boston and see the sights, including Bunker Hill, Copley Quare, and Quincy Market. Get a tour of this historic city unlike any other!

 

Middlesex Fells Hiking - Sunday, July 1

Sunday, July 1st
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost: $10
Meet at the corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets.

Take a break from the city at the Middlesex Fells Reservation! Take a hike and enjoy the nature. Make sure to wear some comfy shoes/sneakers. Those with a penchant for photography may want to bring a camera!

Harborfest - Arts and Chowder Festival - Sunday, July 1

Sunday, July 1
12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Cost: T fare only
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

Celebrate Bostonian culture with Harborfest! Travel into the heart of the city to experience the best of Boston at the biggest Independe Day Festival in the country.

Visit https://www.bostonusa.com/event/boston-harborfest-2018/40241/ for more information.

Museum of Science - Sunday, July 1

Sunday, July 1
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Cost: T fare only
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

The Museum of Science houses an outstanding collection of exhibit halls including the butterfly garden, theater of electricity, natural mysteries, the hall of human life, space: an out-of-gravity experience, and much, much, more! Visit Boston's famous interative science museum!

Cirque du Soleil: Luzia - Thursday, July 5

Thursdy, July 5
6:30 - 11:30 PM
Cost: $25 

Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

Luzia takes you to an "imaginary Mexico," where fantasy and reality blend. Witness Cirque du Solei's breathtaking acrobatic performances!

Yale 1 - Friday, July 6

Friday, July 6
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Meet at corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets

Yale University in New Haven, CT comprises three major academic components: Yale College (the undergraduate program), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the professional schools. In addition, Yale encompasses a wide array of centers and programs, libraries, museums, and administrative support offices. Approximately 11,250 students attend Yale.

Learn more about Yale and its admissions process before the trip by visiting http://admissions.yale.edu

Arnold Arboretum - Saturday, July 7

Saturday, July 7
10:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Cost: T Fare only
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

Enjoy a trip to the Arnold Arboretum! Occupying 281 acres, the Arboretum’s living collection of trees, shrubs, and woody vines is recognized as one of the most comprehensive in the world. Get lost in the beauty of nature (but don't get lost in the woods)! Wear comfortable walking shoes and kick back with a friend.

Click here to sign up!

Martha's Vineyard 1 - Saturday, July 7

Saturday, July 7
6:30am-7:00pm
Cost: $24

Martha’s Vineyard is a favorite vacation spot of many New Englanders for good reason. The small town of Oak Bluffs, MA offers historical sites such as the oldest carousel in the country, beautiful beaches, fun shopping, and the largest marina on Martha’s Vineyard. Note: Bring cash with you as most businesses on the island do not accept credit or debit card.

Whale Watch 1 - Sunday, July 8

Sunday, July 8th
8:30 AM-2:00 PM
Cost: $13
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

Enjoy a majestic whale watch aboard the Voyager III. Visit Boston Harbor and see whales up close!

From the tour website: “We recommend wearing comfortable rubber-soled shoes or sneakers and bringing along a light sweater or jacket, even on a warm day. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are a must, and don’t forget your camera or binoculars.”

Click here to sign up!

Freedom Trail Walking Tour - Sunday, July 8

Sunday, July 8
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Cost: T fare only
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

The perfect introduction to the history of Boston! This guided walking tour of the Freedom Trail in downtown Boston begins with the city’s establishment in 1630. The story of Boston unfolds through an exploration of the city’s architecture spanning more than three centuries. Beginning with the Puritan settlement, the tour continues through the American Revolution and the growth of commercial Boston and concludes with a discussion of modern development. From the protests of Samuel Adams and James Otis to the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party, to the liberation of Boston in 1776 by General Washington and his army, the Heart of The Freedom Trail takes you to the sites and tells the stories that led to American independence.

 

Tufts University - Thursday, July 12

Thursday, July 12
12:30 - 5:00 PM
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)
Registration opens in the Activities Office on Thursday, June 29, at 9am. Spots: 25

Tufts University is a large private research institution located in Medford, Massachusetts. The university is comprised of approximately 5,200 undergraduates and 5,500 graduate students. Tufts is a world reknowned liberal arts college. According to Tufts University (2015), the top five popular majors are international relations, economics, biology, computer science, and the fine arts.

Learn more about Tufts and its admissions process before the trip by visiting http://admissions.tufts.edu/.

Laser Quest - Friday, July 13

Friday, July 13
5pm-10pm
Cost: $16
Meet at the corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets.

The classic combination of hide-and-seek and tag with the high tech twist of laser guns. Laser Quest features a multi-level arena with swirling fog, energetic music, and fun lurking around every corner. It also has a great arcade and awesome prizes to keep you occupied while waiting between games.

New England Aquarium - Saturday, July 14

Saturday, July 14
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Cost: $12 + your own T fare

Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

Visit New England's premiere aquarium. the aquarium is home to hundreds of species of marine life. Come to see the famous Giant Ocean Tank, which has been making waves since its reopening!

SOWA Open Market - Saturday, July 14

Saturday, July 14
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Cost: T fare only
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

The South End Open Markets is a huge marketplace featuring the finest artisanal vendors from across the city, selling items including jewelry, artwork, and clothing, along with a farmer’s market and a large number of food trucks. This is definitely your best bet to find unique, one-of-a-kind items for keepsakes or souvenirs. Visit http://www.sowaboston.com/sowa-open-market/ for more info.

Click here to sign up

 

Institute of Contemporary Art - Sunday, July 15

Sunday, July 15
10am - 2pm
Cost: T fare only
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

Located in a breathtaking waterfront building, the ICA is Boston's destination for new art and ideas.

“Founded in 1936 as The Boston Museum of Modern Art, the museum was conceived as a laboratory where innovative approaches to art could be championed. In pursuit of this mission, in its early days, the museum established its reputation for identifying important new artists and changed its name a final time to become the Institute of Contemporary Art in 1948.”

Since then, it has encouraged appreciation for contemporary culture, pioneered support for new media, and helped birth the careers of artists of such renown as Georges Brach and Andy Warhol.

(From http://www.icaboston.org/about/history/history-of-ica/)

USS Constitution Tour - Sunday, July 15

Sunday, July 5
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Cost: T fare only
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

Visit the USS Constitution, also known as "Old Ironsides", the oldest commissoined ship in the US Navy! Tour the museum and the ship to learn more about her life on the seven seas!

MIT - Thursday, July 19

Thursday, July 19
1:00 - 5:00 PM
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Find out more about MIT at web.mit.edu. 

 

Brown - Friday, July 20

Friday, July 20
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Meet at corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets

Located in historic Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University is the seventh-oldest college in the United States. Brown is an independent, coeducational Ivy League institution comprising undergraduate and graduate programs. With its talented and motivated student body and accomplished faculty, Brown is a leading research university that maintains a particular commitment to exceptional undergraduate instruction.

Learn more about Brown and its admissions process before the trip by visiting https://www.brown.edu/admission.

Taza Chocolate Factory Tour - Friday, July 20

Friday, July 20th
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Cost: $10
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

Taza Chocolate Factory produces “stone ground, organic” chocolate. A pioneer in the Direct Trade movement, their chocolate is ethically sourced and delicious. Come tour their factory, which uses Oaxacan stone mills to grind chocolate, and get a chance to taste this unique treat!

http://www.tazachocolate.com/

Whale Watch 2 - Saturday, July 21

Saturday, July 21
8:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost: $13
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

Enjoy a majestic whale watch aboard the Voyager III. Visit Boston Harbor and see whales up close!

From the tour website: “We recommend wearing comfortable rubber-soled shoes or sneakers and bringing along a light sweater or jacket, even on a warm day. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are a must, and don’t forget your camera or binoculars.”

 

 

Newport, RI - Saturday, July 21

Saturday, July 21
8:00 am - 6:00 PM
Cost: $10
Meet at the corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets.

Founded in 1639, Newport is one of the oldest cities in the US, and as a result Newport features some of the best-preserved colonial-era buildings in the country. Newport is also home to the Newport Naval Station, home of the Naval War College, and is well-known for the “Summer White Houses” of Presidents Eisenhower and Kennedy.

Dark Side of Boston Walking Tour - Sunday, July 22

Sunday, July 22nd
5:00 - 8:00 PM
Cost: T fare only
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

Get off the Freedom Trail and explore the darker side of Boston! This original guided walk through misery, misfortune, malevolence and murder is based on true historical events that have occurred in Boston. Fact is often stranger than fiction! Winding among the labyrinth of the North End’s small streets and alleys is a great way to get off the beaten path and explore a delightful neighborhood. It's even better when treated to stories of death and misery from Boston's checkered past. We hope you will join us for a walk on the Dark Side. Crime, disease, death, and disaster... what better way to enjoy a pleasant evening in Boston!

Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival - Sunday, July 22

Sunday, July 22
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Cost: $10
Meet at the corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets.

Enjoy a day at the beach and marvel at sandsculptures! Drawing competitors from around the world, the Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Competition is internationally renowned, and competitors produce some of the most breathtaking pieces of art right before your eyes right on the beach. Check out http://reverebeachpartnership.com/sand-sculpting-festival/ to see what competitors in previous years have managed to create.

Boston College - Thursday, July 26

Thursday, July 26
1:00 - 5:30 PM
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

Boston College is the first institution of of higher learning to operate in the city of Boston.  A prive Jesuit Catholic research university, BC is comprised of several major academic components: The Robert J. Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences (the largest undergraduate program), as well as schools of education, social work, nursing, theology and ministry, and several others. Boston College also includes a number of campuses, libraries, and administrative support offices. Approximately 14,250 students attend BC.

Learn more about BC and its admissions process before the trip by visiting www.bc.edu/admission/undergrad.html.

Aladdin - Thursday, July 26

Thursday, July 26
6:30 - 11:00 PM
Cost: $38 + your own T fare
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

Watch the smash-hit Broadway performed live at the Boston Opera House! Disney lovers and theater-goers alike will delight in the beloved Disney classic.

Blue Hills Hiking - Saturday, July 28

Saturday, July 28
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Cost: $10
Meet at the corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets.

A rich historical and archaeological site, the Blue Hills also offer a variety of wonderful hiking trails. Just minutes from downtown Boston, it’s a chance to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for and enjoy the nature the Blue Hills have to offer.

Please note this is not an accessible hiking trail per MA standards.

Wrentham Outlets - Saturday, July 28

Saturday, July 28
10:30am-4:00pm
Cost: $10
Meet at the corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets.

This outlet center offers one of the largest collections of designer brands and boasts daily savings of 25% - 65%. BCBG Max Azria, Burberry, Juicy Couture, Puma, Nike, Movado . . . if you’re a shopaholic, this is a trip for you!

Duck Tour - Sunday, July 29

Sunday, July 29
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Cost: $17
Meet at corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets.

Cruise around Boston and see the sights, including Bunker Hill, Copley Quare, and Quincy Market. Get a tour of this historic city unlike any other!

 

Museum of Fine Arts - Sunday, July 29

Sunday, July 29
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Cost: $10 + your own T fare
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

The MFA houses an outstanding collection of paintings, prints, sculptures, furnishings, and other artwork from civilizations Ancient to modern! The MFA boasts the most comprehensive collection of Asiatic art in the world. Visit Boston's most famous art museum!

Red Sox vs Phillies - Tuesday, July 31

Tuesday, July 31
5:30-11:30pm
Cost: $20 + your own T fare
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

Watch the sport rivalry continue as Boston Red Sox play the Philadelphia Phillies at Fenway Park!

 

Wellesley College - Thursday, August 2

Thursday, August 2
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Meet at corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets

Visit Wellesley College! Wellesley is one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country. One of the premiere women's colleges in the world, Wellesley is committed to diversity and academic excellence.

Learn more about Wellesley and its admissions process before the trip by visiting: http://www.wellesley.edu/admission

Yale 2 - Friday, August 3rd

Friday, August 3
7:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Meet at corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets.

Yale University in New Haven, CT comprises three major academic components: Yale College (the undergraduate program), the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the professional schools. In addition, Yale encompasses a wide array of centers and programs, libraries, museums, and administrative support offices. Approximately 11,250 students attend Yale.

Learn more about Yale and its admissions process before the trip by visiting http://admissions.yale.edu

 

Newbury Street and Copley Square - Friday, August 3

Friday, August 3
1:30 - 5:30 PM
Cost: T fare only
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

Visit Copley Square, home to Trinity Church, the John Hancock Tower, and the majestic Boston Public Library. While you’re here, you’ll also have the opportunity to visit the Copley Square Farmers Market and tour the famous art galleries on Newbury Street!

Provincetown - Saturday, August 4

Saturday, August 4
7:30am-6:30pm
Cost: $10
Meet at the corner of Oxford and Kirkland Streets.

Cape Cod's beaches are unparalleled. Enjoy the sea breeze and relax. If you're looking to explore, Provincetown is a cultural hub, packed with restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries. Experience the town like no other at the tip of Cape Cod! Students are free to roam the town and beach.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - Saturday, August 4

Saturday, August 4
12:00 - 4:00 PM
Cost: T fare only
Meet at the east side of Thayer Hall (between Thayer Hall and Memorial Church.)

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is one of Boston’s finest art collections, featuring works of world importance from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. It’s also known for its unique admissions policy, written in Isabella Gardner’s will: admittance is discounted for those wearing Boston Red Sox memorabilia, and is free for anyone named Isabella.

 

 

Questions?


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