Traveling on vacation this summer? We want to go with you! Or maybe just find us when you get there. Many of our stores are around the corner from many of your favorite summer destinations. We’ve been featuring stores located near vacation destinations like historical landmarks, beaches opens in a new tab, artsy opens in a new tab and adventurous escapades opens in a new tab, festivals and more. This time, we’re going boating.I can’t say that I know how to sail myself, but I’ve had the distinct pleasure of being able to holler “I’m on a BOAT!” while setting sail. (That will never get old for me!) Summer is a great time to cast off on a boat trip — it’s so freeing to jet out in the water with the cooling wind whipping your hair back and forth. Around the U.S., various cities were built based on commerce from ports and harbors and today those hubs bring us some major fun. Here are some popular nautical destinations with fun activities for you to check out before you ship out. Don’t forget to look at our store list opens in a new tab to lay in provisions before setting sail.BostonBoston’s bustling water community extends beyond its boats (but if you’re looking to sail, paddle or windsurf, there are places to rent plenty of water equipment opens in a new tab). The HarborWalk opens in a new tab along Boston Harbor winds through the city’s waterfront neighborhoods as well as downtown and along the way there are spots to picnic, enjoy art, fish and see a working port in action. Children will enjoy the Boston Children’s Museum opens in a new tab, featuring a permanent Arthur & Friends exhibit, a New Balance climbing structure and a PlaySpace for little ones. For a slightly different museum experience, the grand architecture of The Institute of Contemporary Art opens in a new tab is a vision on the harbor, and the exhibits inside promote artful reflection, inspiration, provocation and imagination through contemporary art.
Home of the United States Naval Academy (tours are available to the public opens in a new tab), Annapolis offers a dose of history along with beautiful visions of boats sailing on the water. The Treaty of Paris, ending the Revolutionary War, was signed here, and Peggy Stewart, a cargo vessel burned during the “Annapolis Tea Party,” rests beneath the water. Often called “America’s Sailing Capital,” Annapolis has plenty of opportunities for you to hoist your sails — be sure to take a cruise into the Chesapeake Bay opens in a new tab or check out the boats at City Dock opens in a new tab to get your nautical fix.
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San Francisco’s gorgeous year-round mild weather makes it a great destination in the summer! Walking up and down the city’s steep hills is a fun workout as well as a scenic treat — b opens in a new taboat watch opens in a new tab in the bay or take the trolley from Union Square opens in a new tab down to Fisherman’s Wharf opens in a new tab to spot all kinds of water vessels sail by. For fun outside of the water, visit the iconic Ferry Building opens in a new tab or stroll around Japantown opens in a new tab for fabulous shopping and eating experiences or take in a movie in the historic Castro Theatre opens in a new tab. And if it’s not too foggy, head toward the base of the Golden Gate Bridge opens in a new tab or up to Twin Peaks opens in a new tab for some of San Francisco’s most incredible views.
Seattle is a major seaport near Puget Sound (an arm of the Pacific Ocean) and offers an array of entertainment options for visitors in the water and beyond. Take classes, boat rentals or free Sunday afternoon boat rides at the Center for Wooden Boats opens in a new tab to celebrate the small craft heritage of historic wooden boats, or for a slightly different sailing experience, rent electric boats opens in a new tab that have CD players/mp3 jacks that connect to sound systems. To get a taste of what makes Seattle famous, visit a hub of music and technology at the Experience Music Project opens in a new tab (or EMP Museum) or take themed walking tours that feature Seattle perks opens in a new tab like coffee and microbrews.
Hemmed in by three borders of water, the windy city grew up — literally! Chicago is filled with tall works of architecture you can see from the water by taking architectural cruises opens in a new tab that tour downtown Chicago via the Chicago River or brilliant sunset cruises opens in a new tab on Lake Michigan. To explore a lakefront playground, visit the Navy Pier opens in a new tab for rides (like a 15-story Ferris wheel!) and performances. If you find yourself in downtown just before the sun sets, find Buckingham Fountain opens in a new tab for a spectacular light and music show that begins at dusk. Other works of art can be found in the Art Institute of Chicago opens in a new tab or in Millennium Park opens in a new tab, just off of the “Magnificent Mile” (aka Michigan Avenue).
Local Whole Foods Market: South Loop opens in a new tab, Gold Coast opens in a new tab, Lincoln Park opens in a new tab, Lakeview opens in a new tab, Halsted and Waveland opens in a new tab, Sauganash opens in a new tabWhere do you like to cast your anchor? Do you have any other nautical destinations you’d recommend?