Spring is that magical time of year when we shed our puffy jackets and embrace 55 degree weather with our sunglasses on. We’re so excited to escape our winter blues that every day is like warm sunny gift from the nature gods. The cherry blossom trees, tulip gardens, and magnolia trees are out in full bloom and the parks of Boston are filled with walkers, bikers, families, dogs, and musicians. It’s a wonderful time of year, and there are so many ways to experience and embrace it! Read on for my suggestions of the 8 Must-Do Activities in Boston in Springtime:
1. Go on a picnic in the Boston Commons! Pack up a picnic basket with sandwiches and snacks, and go sit out on the grass with a friend to enjoy an afternoon of soaking up the sun and people watching. The Commons gets pretty busy when the weather is nice, and maybe you’ll be able to join in on a frisbee game while you’re there!
2. Watch a Red Sox game! No other baseball stadium has the historic appeal and legendary charm that Fenway Park does. The season opens in April, so head over to Fenway to watch the great American pasttime and cheer on the Red Sox.
3. Walk the Harborwalk! When Boston was being restored and renovated, the Harborwalk was established to make sure that the public would have access to the waterfront despite the rapid growth and development of the seaport. The Harborwalk stretches 12 miles from Charlestown, all along Boston, and down to South Boston. It’s a beautiful walk, even if you only do part of it.
4. Take a swanboat ride! Every spring the swanboats make their return to the pond in the Public Garden, where they uphold their icon place until autumn. Join the tourists and locals alike for a the Boston classic, a ride around in the swanboats.
5. Run or bike along the Charles River Esplanade! Another of Boston’s beautiful outdoor spaces, the Esplanade is a public park that stretches along the Charles River. You can rent a Hubway bike or go for a run to see the Charles River and Cambridge across the way. Be sure to loop around on the Cambridge side for views of the Boston skyline! And for the nautically-inclined, try kayaking or sailing in the Charles River!
6. Go to the open-air markets! The warm weather and sunshine makes this is the perfect time to do your shopping outdoors. Try Haymarket on Fridays and Saturdays, SOWA on Sundays, Coolidge Corner on Thursdays, and Copley Square on Tuesdays and Fridays. There are so many fresh produce stands available that you can eat fresh and local every day of the week! But of course if you’re like me the bakery stands will draw you in as well.
7. Check out the Rose Kennedy Greenway! It wasn’t too long ago that this park that winds its way from the North End down to Chinatown was a big ugly highway that divided the city. Now the Greenway has opened up the city and especially the seaport, and has created a beautiful outdoor space for the public to enjoy. There are markets and events and festivals here throughout the spring and summer, so whether you go for a walk and a ride on the carousel, or to taste the gastronomic delights of the food festival, or to shop for handcrafted jewelry, the Greenway is a great park to check out.
8. Take a tour of Boston! Whether you’re just visiting or a seasoned local, a tour can open your eyes to new parts of the city while teaching you more about Boston’s history. Try the classic Duck Boats, the old-fashioned trolley tours, or a walking tour of the Freedom Trail for starters! It’s the perfect time of year to see the city coming into spring bloom and spend the day out in the nice weather.
In the end, you can’t go wrong in Boston in springtime. There is so much to explore and enjoy in this city known for its walkability. There are so many clean and beautiful outdoor spaces to check out, and the city looks so good in the springtime that you’ve got to get out and see it for yourself!