Springtime always brings out the best of Boston. After a harsh New England winter, the days are warm, the coffees are iced, and the cherry trees are all in full bloom. While there are plenty of ways to spend a spring day in Boston, we give you a list of the best.
Boston’s location along the picturesque Charles River makes it the perfect place to spend a day kayaking or canoeing. Rent a boat from Charles River Canoe & Kayak and spend a few hours paddling around the river and its estuaries. If you’re feeling fancy, take a sailing class at Community Boating, Inc., and learn to raise a jib like a pro. Reward yourself with a refreshing dip in the river – we promise it’s clean.
Community Boating, Inc., 21 David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA, USA +1 617 523 1038
If you get tired of exploring the city on foot, why not acquire two wheels? Grab a 24-hour pass from Hubway and pick up a bike from one of 155 stations throughout Boston. Feel the wild wind in your hair as you ride the historic Freedom Trail or bike on the Esplanade alongside the Charles River. Or, go for a few loops around one of the city’s many parks. Just don’t forget a helmet.
If there’s one thing hipsters do right, it’s outdoor dining. Venture across the Charles River to Somerville’s hipster Mecca; here you’ll find plenty of restaurants and bars with fun patio dining spaces. Be sure to stop by Boston Burger Company for outrageously good burgers and shakes or Posto for gnocchi and meatballs. If you still have room for more, head to the Burren for a pint of Guinness while you dance to traditional Irish tunes.
Boston Burger Company, 37 Davis Square, Somerville, MA, USA +1 617 440 7361
Posto, 187 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, USA +1 617 625 0600
The Burren, 247 Elm Street, Somerville, MA, USA +1 617 776 6896
There are a million and one food trucks in Boston, especially in the springtime. Hunt down local favorites like Clover Food Lab for vegetarian fast food, or head over to Roxy’s Grilled Cheese & Burgers – home of the decadent ‘Nicki Minaj Burger’ – for delicious, all-day eats. Truck locations change frequently so be sure to check websites before setting out. If you can’t track down a particular truck, most vendors have brick and mortar locations as well.
What better way to celebrate spring than with nature’s bounties? With warm weather comes tasty produce, so head to a farmers’ market for the freshest crops spring has to offer. Support local growers by picking up seasonal favorites like artichokes, strawberries, and rhubarb from one of Boston’s 26 farmers markets. Visit Boston Farmers Markets’ website for information on market locations, dates, and hours of operation.
Boston, bless its drunken heart, is home to many a top-notch brewery. Start at Harpoon in the Seaport District for IPAs and the cheesiest pretzels Boston has to offer. Next, head to Samuel Adams in Jamaica Plain for lagers and seasonal brews that will satisfy even the most dedicated of hop-heads. Round it off with a visit to Trillium Brewing Company for Boston-themed ales that vary by location (we recommend the rye and pale ales). Happy brewing.
Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA, USA +1 617 456 2322
Samuel Adams, 30 Germania Street, Boston, MA, USA +1 617 368 5080