As world travel opens back, Boston comes alive this spring. The weather is warmer, the sun is brighter, and our historic neighborhoods are leafier. And if you're like me, you are ready to get outside, move around in nature, and explore new places.
The beautiful city of Boston offers a diversity of outdoor activities, from running along urban greenways to beach volleyball to beer gardens. Run, walk, bike, meditate. Whatever connections to the outdoors you crave, Boston is filled with urban adventure and natural wonders.
Take a spring break to discover a destination where you can play outside surrounded by history, architecture, and cultural experiences. Here are a few of our favorite things to do outdoors in Boston for Spring 2021. It's time to renew, recharge and roam, Boston style.
- Rose Kennedy Greenway
This urban park system snakes through downtown Boston giving walkers and runners a path to beautiful gardens, green spaces, plazas, promenades and public art. Weaving through the city's colorful neighborhoods, including Chinatown, the Seaport District and the North End, Rose Kennedy Greenway is also dotted with amazing restaurants, food trucks, and beer gardens, including the Trillium Brewing Company.
Spend a spring day running, walking, and biking through the city. This summer, the Greenway Fitness Program offers outdoor fitness and yoga classes in the parks.
Boston Common and the Public Garden create a downtown Boston oasis for outdoor recreation and sightseeing. Located at the south end of Freedom Trail, these urban parks offer paved paths for running, walking and biking, grassy fields for workouts and sports, and Boston Common also offers softball fields and blooming trees and flowers for relaxation in nature. The streets circling the Common create the perfect 2-mile running loop.
- Arnold Arboretum
Located south of Jamaica Pond, this beautiful 281-acre preserve is an oasis in the heart of Boston. Feel transported out of the city with globe-spanning collections of plants and trees, including centuries-old Japanese bonsai trees and vibrant lilacs. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is a peaceful refuge for walking, running and hanging out while learning about trees of the world. Explore this beautiful arboretum on your own or take a guided tour each weekend.
- Charles River Esplanade
Spend an afternoon walking, running or cycling along this 3-mile waterfront promenade and park along the Charles River. The Charles River Esplanade offers riverside trails, tennis courts, ball fields, boat docks, beer gardens, and recreation areas. The park also offers kayak, sailboat and SUP rentals for adventures on Boston's historic Charles River.
- Carson Beach
Located 2 miles south of downtown Boston, Carson Beach is the city's best spot for outdoor swimming and the site of the city's only triathlon. This urban beach on Boston Harbor offers volleyball courts, picnic areas, and food vendors right on the sand. Take a spring or summer swim in the harbor, or stroll the Harbor Walk 2.5 miles northeast to Castle Island and historic Fort Independence. For longer walks and runs, the Harbor Walk stretches 43 miles along the scenic Boston shoreline.
- Spectacle Island
Take the ferry to Spectacle Island, part of the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. The 114-acre island offers sand beaches, walking and jogging trails, and picnic areas for a day of relaxation and adventure. This beautiful island also offers ranger-led sea kayaking excursions around Boston Harbor.
A Boston Common Boutique Hotel
Renew your love of travel this season with a Boston getaway. Just steps from Boston Common's gardens and greenery, Revere Hotel offers a relaxing haven in downtown. We're surrounded by Boston's beautiful parks, paths, and promenades.
The Revere Hotel Boston Common offers luxury rooms and suites with modern furnishings, original local art, and colorful city views. Our boutique hotel also features a fitness center and a rooftop lounge and deck, Rooftop@Revere, for morning meditation or evening cocktails with views of the Back Bay.
Plan your springtime getaway with the Revere Hotel Park and Stay Special with overnight accommodations, free parking, and a 3 PM check-out. Experience an uncommon hotel designed for travelers who love outdoor fun mixed with downtown energy.