The snow is melting, the air is warmer, and people are becoming friendlier again.. this can only mean one thing, SPRING IS HERE! Finally. Even though this winter wasn’t as bad as last year (flashback to the blizzard of 2015) it has still felt like an extremely long cold front, with the weather being 50 degrees one week and 20 the next. Fingers crossed that the warm temperatures are here to stay, and get even warmer.
Now that spring is here, everyone can enjoy Boston in it’s entirety, which means being outside!! There is nothing more beautiful than the scenes around the city; you get flowers blooming around the ponds, big buildings shining in the sun downtown, and sandy beaches just a T stop away. The diversity of the nature in Boston can’t be beat.
I’ve rounded up my favorite [outdoor] spots to roam in the city.
Known for shopping, dining, entertainment and home to the famous Quincy Market, Faneuil Hall has it all. The streets are lined with musicians and performers, making your walk to your desired restaurant or shop exciting for everyone. Check out all that Faneuil Hall has to offer.
The Boston Common is the start of the Freedom Trail and is the oldest park in the country. I often find myself getting off the train just to walk through the park on my way to work. In the spring flowers are blooming, the willow trees are full, and the ducks are swimming around the pond. Depending on which route you take through the park, you could end up in Back Bay, Downtown Crossing, or the Charles River esplanade.. Where are you headed?
Boston natives will probably roll their eyes at me for this one, but Newbury Street really is one of the best spots to head to during the spring. The street is not only quant and charming, but it’s lined with some of the best coffee shops and fashion stores around. Whatever you’re in the mood for Newbury Street has it:
- The Thinking Cup
- Pavement Coffee House
- Trident Booksellers & Cafe
- Nordstrom Rack
- Benefit Cosmetics
The list goes on and on..
The Charles River Esplanade
The Charles River Esplanade has a special place in my heart; mostly because when I moved to Boston, this was my go-to running route. The esplanade is really a perfect place to be for any age, there are swing sets along the river for younger kids, docks on the water with chairs to lounge in (for the people who just want to take in the scenery), and plenty of fitness related activities for those of us who can’t sit still. Click here to see everything the esplanade has to offer!
I might be biased to this next one on the list (because I live 2 miles from it), but Castle Island is truly one of my all time favorite spots in Boston [technically South Boston]. Not only in the spring, but during the cold winters too. This beachy harbor is just a 20 minute T ride from downtown and has the most beautiful sunrises I have ever seen. Castle Island is a perfect place to run to in the morning, relax by the beach after work, or devour a delicious cheeseburger and milkshake from Sullivan’s. If you want to disconnect from the city, but still be steps from Boston.. this is the place for you.
Don’t forget to check out Sullivan’s while you’re there!
What are your top spots to hit when the weather gets warm?