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Monday, July 15, 2013


Summer is here, Central Mass., and that means time to take full advantage of everything from great outdoor activites to delicious summer food and drink. Whether you want adventure or escape this summer, we've rounded up the 100 best summer things right here in Central Massachusetts.

What are you waiting for?


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5 Best Biking Trails

One of the best ways to get out and see the local summer scenery is on two wheels. We've rounded up a set of great routes for riders of every level. So get out there and pedal, Central Mass.

For the 5 best biking spots in Central Mass, go here.

Photo: The trails of the Blackstone Valley are some of the best in the region for cyclists.

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10 Best Summer Cocktails

Nothing goes better with a setting sun in Central Mass. than an icy cocktail. GoLocal asked its favorite mixologists to share their favorite summer cocktails and their recipes.

For the 10 best cocktails complete with recipes, go here.

Photo: Dark and Stormies, just right for a hot summer night.

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5 Best Outdoor Bars

Don't want to mix your own cocktails? Take advantage of these great bars with a real outdoor style. They're perfect places to hang out all summer long, and you may find yourself here as late as Halloween.

For the 5 best outdoor bars in Central Mass., go here.

Photo: The cool scene at Ceres, at the Beechwood Hotel.

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10 Best Ways To Cool Down

The mercury's climbing, and it's never been a better time to take GoLocalWorcester's advice on the best ways to stay cool right here in Central Mass. Beat the heat creatively and for not much money.

For the 10 best ways to cool down in Central Massachusetts, go here.

Photo: Waterparks bring out the kid in all of us, and Central Mass. has some great ones.

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8 Best Summer Music Fests

Live music is a great part of any summer night, and you won't want to miss the music festivals that grace Central Mass. this summer. Check our listing for the best for July and August, and pack your picnics now.

Check out the best summer music festivals in Central Mass. (and beyond) right here.

Photo: Consider an expedition to the Lowell Folk Festival this year for some of the country's top acts.

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Summer sponsor

A true summer classic in neighboring Rhode Island is Newport Polo--the proud sponsor of GoLocalWorcester Summer 2013. 

Want more information about Newport Polo schedules, events, and specials? Go here.

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20 Best Bucket List Items

Want to get out and explore? Whether it's off to a kayaking spot, down to a Rhode Island clamshack, or checking out an old-fashioned drive-in movie theater, this is your must-do summer bucket list. How many have you checked off?

For the 20 best summer bucket list items in Central Mass. and beyond, go here.

Photo: Kayaking is a great way to explore the blueways of Central Mass as well as more farflung shores.

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12 Best Summer Day Trips

One of the beauties of summer is just picking up and heading out for a mini-getaway. Whether it's in to Boston for a dose of urban fun, or out to Six Flags for some high-velocity thrills, we've got the best dozen summer day trips. Don't tell your boss we told you.

For the 12 best summer day trips in Central Mass. and beyond, go here.

Photo: It never gets old--enjoy the thrills at Six Flags.

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5 Best Walks

Whether you're an avid hiker or a contented saunterer, there's a perfect summer walk for you and your family. GoLocalWorcester hand-picked the 5 best in the region for your exploration. Don't miss our list.

Check out the 5 best warm weather walks in Central Mass., right here.

Photo: Get away from it all, on foot, on this trail at Royalston Falls, right here in Central Mass.

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20 Best Summer Reads

With Worcester striving to be The City That Reads, and with summer being the perfect time to escape under a shady tree (or into an air-conditioned coffee house) with a book, GoLocal asked books contributor Robin Kall Homonoff to name the 20 best books for summer reading.

What's in your beachbag?

To see the 20 best summer books, go here.

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10 Best Sunset Spots

Nothing ends a summer day quite like a glorious sunset. And Central Massaschusetts gets its share of them. We've found the 10 best spots for catching nature in all her glory.

For an inside list of the best sunset spots in Central Massachusetts, go here.

Photo: Enjoy the splendor a Central Massachusetts sunset.

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Summer 2013 Sponsor

GoLocal's Summer 2013 sponsor, Newport Polo, has a great schedule all summer long. Bring the kids, dress up and make it a fancy outing, or just drop in to see the incredible horses and their riders. It's one of a kind.

For more, go to www.nptpolo.com.


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