5 Great Places to Have a Picnic in Boston, MA

When the weather cooperates, we all love to get outside and explore the world around us. There is nothing more refreshing and soothing to the soul than a picnic in the sun, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Every city in the United States has incredible locations for picnicking. Below are 5 Great Places to Picnic in Boston.

Public Garden

This was city park was built in 1837 and has been a popular Boston spot ever since. It is especially popular with hopeless romantics who take advantage of the swan-themed boats available on the lagoon or take turns making wishes in the fountains. The Garden is well-cared for and features tulips and wildflowers in the Spring and Summer and Willow Trees hanging over the lagoon. A picnic in the Public Garden is always a stunning, tranquil experience. 

Rose Kennedy Greenway

Several parks make up Rose Kennedy Greenway. They link together and cover 1.5 miles of downtown Boston. If you are looking for a true, big city picnic experience with skyscrapers surrounding you, plenty of excitement and city hustle and bustle to enjoy, and rotating art exhibits, then Rose Kennedy Greenway is the place for you. It is the best of both worlds; it will surround you with nature while also offering postcard worthy shots of the Boston Skyline. For an extra treat, pop over to nearby Haymarket before your picnic.

Arnold Arboretum

A free, living museum on the campus of Harvard University. Follow the Oak Path and marvel at the carefully designed world around you. You won’t have to go too far before finding the perfect tree to nestle under or open field to lay out a picnic blanket. Dana Greenhouses are an especially beautiful, romantic place to stop along the way. Picnics at the Arboretum are even more magical in the Spring or Fall when the Cherry Trees blossom or the Fall leaves dazzle with every color. 

Back Bay Fens

The best picnic spot for any true Boston Red Sox fan, Back Bay Fens (as its name suggests) is located behind Fenway Park. The park itself is quite large so there are plenty of options for picnic areas. There are also several gardens to walk through – including a rose garden – playgrounds for kids and a river that runs through the entire park.

Spectacle Island

The name says it all. Picnicking on Spectacle Island means breathtaking views. This island can only be reached by a seasonal ferry which takes you just beyond Dorchester Bay to this small, stunning island filled with walking trails, beaches, and large grassy areas made for sitting down on a blanket to enjoy a good meal.

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