Things to Do in Quincy, MA

Things to Do in Quincy, MA

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Recently, I've moved to Quincy, Massachusetts. I was skeptical of moving here at first because I've always seen Quincy as like a "mini-city" comparing it to Boston. Don't get me wrong, I love Boston and Quincy, but being in a city seems like it would be too busy for me. Quincy actually has that feel to it where you're close enough to the city but you're not actually in it. Here are some of my favorite things to do in Quincy so far, and also some things I'm dying to check out while I'm here.

1. Quincy Quarries

Located near the Granite Links golf course, the Quincy Quarries used to be these big quarries full of water back in the day now it is all filled in with grass and the giant rocks. The quarries consist of rocks covered in artwork and graffiti. If you're looking for a new place to hike and looking for views of, not just the quarries, but of some great art work too, they are a must see.

2. Wollaston Beach

Wollaston beach is not the best beach for swimming, but it definitely is a beach with a view. Sit on the sand and watch the planes fly into Boston or take your boat out into the water from their beautiful yacht club. In the summer time, one of my favorite things to do is enjoy some seafood and ice-cream from the restaurants near the shore, The Clam Box and The Ice Box.

3. Granite Links

If you're in to golf, you'll love Granite Links golf course. Play a few rounds with a view of the Boston Skyline in the background and even enjoy some fine dining at their beautiful restaurant on the hill.

4. Marylou's Coffee

The infamous Marylou's coffee shop has a few locations in Massachusetts but one of them would be in Quincy on Willard Street. Marylou's is most known for it's hot pink store and it's creativity when it comes to coffee and frozen drinks like the "Oreo cookie monster". If you're not feeling coffee, you can try their red-bull infusion drinks as well which come in a variety of flavors.

5. Marina Bay

Marina Bay is beautiful area where you can sit and watch the boats come in, or shop amongst the stores, take a nice stroll along the board walk, or sit down for dinner. The pictures of Marina Bay are so incredibly beautiful so I cannot wait to experience this for myself.

6. Adam's National Historical Park

Take a dip in to the history of not just Massachusetts, but the background of our country's leaders through this historical park.

7. Take the T in to the city

With multiple red line stops, it is super easy to grab a train in to the city of Boston. With the night life and so many things to do, being this close to the city without actually being in the city is quite nice.

Cover Image Credit: Richard Batista Quincy

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Learn Something Valuable From These 7 European Countries

When you are surrounded by chocolate, treat yourself.
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America is a big country. So large that some parts of the country are so diverse they may as well be in different worlds, yet, American soil will always have one uniting factor: The American Dream. So, if we have an idea that enables synonymity in our vast country then that means that as different as some American counterparts may seem, we also share much of the same. This is why international travel is so important.

In fact, global traveling is more feasible then some may think, and can help shape your life in tremendous ways. So, here are seven life lessons there are to learn from those other international communities, specifically seven countries from Europe.

1. Spain: Be diverse in your choices

The Spanish are famous for their “tapas”. If you spend time in Spain then you will undoubtedly encounter this diversified little meal. Tapas are essentially small little plates (or tasters) of different dishes. This thereby encourages making choices that consist of variety, reinforcing to those who are creatures of habit to try something new!

2. England: Spend time outdoors

Take a trip to England and you will be surrounded by areas of preserved green space. When walking the streets of London you can expect every other block to be an area reserved for a small community park, not to mention the tremendously large parks in London, like Hyde Park. This dedicated space for outdoor enjoyment encourages people to get out of their homes and go move around in the parks.

3. Belgium: Treat yourself

Oh, the Belgium chocolate. Belgium is world renowned for having excellent, gourmet chocolate. Must I say any more? Treat yourself! With a chocolatier shop on every corner, it’s hard to miss.

4. The Netherlands: Exercise

When people think of Amsterdam, they often think of bicycles. Boy, is that true. Bicycles rule the road in the Netherlands, especially the populated city of Amsterdam. It is not uncommon to see elegantly dressed women, mothers with newborns, or toddlers cycling along the busy streets. Take a page from the Dutch way of life and try using your bicycle as your main mode of transportation.

5. Germany: Learn a foreign language

The German language is a bit abstract to English speakers. Which means if you do not speak German, then you will be playing charades to find your way through the German homeland. Some regions consist of seasoned English speakers, but do not plan on it. Take this as a mental note to learn a new language.

6. Italy: Eat good food

Italian food. Yum. The Italians know how to achieve high-quality life through their beautiful leisurely vacation destinations, fine art scene, and AMAZING FOOD. Take a trip to Italy, eat good food, and come home realizing you should treat your taste buds better then you have.

7. Denmark: Don’t take candy from strangers

Allow me to clarify something: the Danish are very sweet and kind people. Their candy will not actually cause damage to your body in terms of being toxic, but your taste buds will revolt unless you like salted black licorice.

Cover Image Credit: Jazmine Kelleher

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5 Things To Prevent Your Summertime Sadness In Gainesville

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When spring semester ends and everyone is wrapping up their school year to go home for the summer, it can be every bit of depressing when all of the birds leave the nest and you're left with 14 credits of classes while your favorite friends are studying abroad and spending time with their family members and friends from back home. Summer in your college town can be lonely and boring, but it doesn't have to be! Open your options to make your summer away from home worthwhile.

1. Concerts

Living in Gainesville has it's perks. You're not far from the poppin' concert cities like Orlando, St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra, and Jacksonville. Take a small road trip, even if it is by yourself, and go see some awesome shows like Glass Animals or Foster The People this summer!

2. Springs

There are many beautiful hidden springs in the city of Gainesville that are worth checking out. Devil's Den Spring (pictured) has the options of scuba diving, snorkeling, and camping! When you realize how brutal the swampy heat is, you will learn to appreciate springs like these a whole lot more.

3. Sight See


If you never took the chance to explore your college town and see the fascinating parks, museums, and theaters, now is the perfect time to do so. It won't be nearly as crowded as it is during the fall and spring semesters, and their are many options to choose from. The more popular places are the Harn Museum of Art (pictured), the Hippodrome theater downtown, and the butterfly gardens!

4. Pick Up A Hobby Or Project

You are going to have way more free time than you want during the Summer. Try taking this time to try something you have never done before such as gardening, cooking, working out, blogging, repairing an old car, it is your choice!

5. Plan A Reunion

Give yourself something to look forward to, plan a meet up with your group before the Summer ends and go somewhere exciting, like Miami or Disney! It will make the time away from your friends a little more worth it, and you will value your time with them more than ever before.

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