Top 5 Picnic Spots in the Boston Area
With the weather finally getting warmer, many Boston and Greater Boston families are anxious to get out and enjoy the sunshine.
National Picnic Day is right around the corner on April 23rd, and what better way to celebrate spring than planning a family picnic? Heck, why even wait that long. Today is a gorgeous Marathon Monday and some of these spots are right near the Boston Marathon route if you’re ready to brave the crowds! The outdoors are calling, so pack up your yummy food, and maybe even some yard games, and head over to a beautiful park for a fun picnic.
We put together a list of our top 5 favorite picnic spots in the Boston area to help you kick off spring.
Boston Common and Boston Public Garden (Boston)
As the first public botanical garden in America, the Boston Public Garden is a must-see each Spring. The Boston Common, just next door, and the Garden combine to form a beautiful oasis nestled conveniently in the middle of the hustle and bustle of downtown. Pack a light lunch or even a weekend brunch, lay out your blanket and enjoy all the incredible flowers of and greenery of Spring. You might even have some unexpected guests in the form of squirrels, chipmunks, ducks, geese, and swans. Speaking of swans, little ones love a ride on the Swan Boats in the Garden or the Carousel in the Common, both of which opened for the season just a couple of days ago! This area is a wonderful little slice of history that remains a favorite for Boston families or couples looking for a relaxing retreat.
Christopher Columbus Park (Boston)
Christopher Columbus Park is another great choice for a refreshing picnic in the city. Take a walk through the rose garden, bring the kids to the playground, or even get some work done in a more relaxing environment with WiFi access around the park. There’s always something different going on at this great picnic spot, and plenty of space to stretch out on a blanket or play some lawn games with the kids on a warm, sunny day.
Corey Hill Outlook (Brookline)
Looking for a picnic spot that has more views than city crowds? Corey Hill Outlook is the place for you. The small park is tucked away on a hilly residential street, giving you a relaxing outdoor dining spot with great views of the river and Cambridge. The trip there is easy enough, with T access from both the B (Washington St.) and C (Summit Ave.) Green lines a few minutes walk. The park also features a playground for the kids and a human scale sun dial at the top. Bring a beach umbrella for some extra shade, as most of the park is sunny slopes and hills.
Robbins Farm Park (Arlington)
Who doesn’t love a side of amazing views with their afternoon picnic? Robbins Farm Park has one of the best views of the Boston city skyline with all the charm of a quiet park. There’s plenty of lush green open spaces to give you that breath of fresh air that you’re craving. There’s also a great baseball field where you can catch a local game or even play a quick game of your own with family or friends. No matter how you’re staying busy on your picnic adventure, the incredible views of the Boston Skyline here can’t be beat.
Boston Harbor Islands (Boston/Hingham/Hull)
As Summer draws nearer, even more picnic spots become open to the public. The Boston Harbor Islands offer a wide array of options for not only picnics but education tours, swimming, camping, and more! Made up of 34 islands and administered by the National Park Service and the Department of Conservation and Recreation, various islands are accessible via ferry service from Boston, Hingham, and Hull. Others you can drive to or access with a private watercraft. Spectacle and Georges Islands are some of the most popular for day trips, and we anxiously await to visit when they open for the season each year!
As spring and summer are steadily approaching, we’re excited to get out and plan some fun picnics with family and friends.
As we get closer to summer, the great picnic spots don’t stop here and even more become open to the public. The Boston Harbor Islands is another great spot we are anxiously waiting to visit when they open for the season.
Get your picnic basket out for the season and head over to some beautiful parks for some fun in the sun!