From Rooftop Bars to Garden Cemeteries – Explore Boston this Summer!

Summer is a great time to get outside in Boston! Famous as one of America’s great walking cities, there’s a historic port, beautiful waterways, elaborate bike paths and networks of urban green space, all of which invite you to have fun outdoors!

Boston’s Lush Parks

Boston Common, America’s oldest public park, is a haven for relaxation and recreation amidst its lush lawns and serene ponds. Its rich past, dating back to 1634, makes it a cherished destination for both locals and visitors alike.

Adjacent to Boston Common lies the Boston Public Garden, famous for its meticulously manicured flowerbeds and iconic Swan Boats gliding across the tranquil waters of the lagoon. This park offers a picturesque escape from the bustling city streets.

Stretching through the heart of downtown Boston, the Rose Kennedy Greenway serves as a vibrant urban oasis, featuring art installations, seasonal gardens, and inviting pathways for strolling or cycling. It’s a testament to the city’s commitment to green spaces amidst urban development.

In the Fenway-Kenmore neighbourhood, the Back Bay Fens provides a natural retreat with its meandering waterways, tree-lined paths, and recreational facilities, offering a peaceful respite in the midst of city life.

Each of these parks contributes to Boston’s charm and allure, inviting all to savour moments of tranquility in the midst of urban vibrancy.

With all these incredible green spaces, there are lots of options for picnics.

The Charles River

Nestled among the treasures of Boston and Cambridge, the Charles River is a gem that leisurely winds its way through the cities, providing a natural oasis for everyone to explore. 

From rowing and kayaking to sailing and paddleboarding, the river serves as a bustling hub for water sports. Against the backdrop of the city skyline, athletes and amateurs alike enjoy the thrill of competition and leisure.

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Boston’s Fabulous Rooftop Bars & Restaurants

Boston’s skyline is adorned with rooftop bars and restaurants offering panoramic views and great food.

The Lookout Rooftop at Envoy Hotel in the Seaport district offers a stylish atmosphere with its modern design and sweeping vistas of the city and harbour. It’s an ideal spot to unwind with artisanal cocktails and small plates while taking in the breathtaking scenery.

Six West at Cambria Boston Hotel in South Boston elevates the dining experience with its chic rooftop terrace, providing guests with a cozy ambiance and delectable dishes inspired by local flavours. From handcrafted cocktails to savoury bites, Six West offers a taste of Boston’s culinary scene against a backdrop of city lights.

Contessa at The Newbury in Back Bay exudes elegance with its sophisticated rooftop setting and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Guests can indulge in gourmet dishes and fine wines while enjoying views of the historic Back Bay neighbourhood.

Deck 12 at YOTEL in Seaport combines innovative cocktails and global cuisine with a laid-back atmosphere, making it a favourite among locals and tourists alike. Its expansive rooftop space offers a vibrant setting for socializing and taking in the dynamic cityscape below.

Whether seeking refined dining or casual drinks with a view, Boston’s rooftop establishments promise unforgettable experiences above the city streets.

Boston’s Lesser Known Outdoor Spaces

You may know the iconic Boston Common and the Public Garden, but have you heard of Jamaica Pond and the Arnold Arboretum? In addition to its famous parks, Boston has fabulous public spaces that may not be so obvious.

Made up of 34 islands and peninsulas, Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park is an urban oasis just minutes from Boston’s city centre. Hop aboard a park ferry and discover islands rich with opportunities for outdoor recreation, relaxation and learning. 

Located in the vibrant Jamaica Plain neighbourhood, Jamaica Pond is a nature lovers paradise with serene waters and lush trails, making it a great spot for boating, fishing, picnics, and stunning sunsets!

Founded in 1831, the 175-acre Mount Auburn Cemetery is America’s first garden cemetery. Located in Cambridge, Mount Auburn was designed to not only be a resting place for the deceased but also as an attraction and pleasure ground for Victorian-era tourism.

Forest Hills Cemetery is one of the finest examples of the garden cemetery in the United States. Founded in 1848, it provides a magnificent park-like setting.

The Arnold Arboretum, part of Boston’s Emerald Necklace, offers 281 acres of diverse plants, wildlife, and nature trails for all.

At 485 acres, Franklin Park, often considered Boston’s “country park” due to its acres of woods, is the city’s largest open space. Connecting the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, and Roslindale, Franklin Park is the perfect stop as you explore Boston’s 23 diverse neighborhoods.

To plan your summer trip to Boston, visit meetboston.com!


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