Among the crowded, loud streets, there are many places in Boston to take a break from busy city life, relax and take in the outdoors. With the summer months bringing warm weather, it is the perfect time of year to enjoy the simpler things in life. Going on a picnic is a classic way to spend time with friends over good food without spending a lot of money on an expensive meal. Here are some of the best places around Boston to unpack up your basket.
How to get there: Take the Georges Island Ferry (about an hour from Long Wharf)
Home to historic Civil-War era Fort Warren, this island is a popular destination and one of the easiest islands in the harbor to reach by ferry. This beautiful island has tons of grassy open space for picnicking and many walking paths for taking a nice stroll. Legend also has it that the ghost of a Confederate prisoner also haunts the island, though this doesn’t deter people from flocking here on a sunny day.
Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
How to get there: Few minutes walk past Faneuil Hall or the Aquarium stop on the Blue Line
This park is the ideal getaway by the waterfront, with a great view of the harbor. Conveniently located by tons of great restaurants in the North End and Quincy Market, it is also a great place to listen to street performers. There is a playground for kids to enjoy, as well as the Greenway Carousel. Visitors can also admire the beautiful rose garden in tribute to Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy who was born nearby.
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How to get there: Take the T to the Northeastern stop on the Green Line
Part of Boston’s Emerald Neck Conservancy, this park was designed by famous architect Frederick Law Olmsted. With winding walking paths, open fields and many monuments and memorials, this park is a must-visit in the autumn months when the leaves are red and orange. Even if you don’t have time to sit and picnic, The Fens provides a serene shortcut from walking place to place in the city.
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
How to get there: Take the T to Forest Hills stop on the Orange Line
Located in the Jamaica Plain/ Roslindale neighborhoods of Boston, this arboretum is an international center for studying plants and wildlife. Free and open to the public all year round, the 281-acre park was also designed in part by Olmsted. Hiking through the arboretum will also bring you to a breathtaking view of the Boston skyline.
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How to get there: Take the T to the Orient Heights stop on the Blue Line
With a concession stand and covered benches, this is the perfect beach destination for a picnic. Besides usual beach activities, visitors can also play a game of baseball, shoot hoops on the basketball courts or face off in a tennis match. From the shore, people also have an amazing view of the harbor and planes taking off and landing at Logan Airport.