Things to Do for Mother’s Day in Boston

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Mother’s Day is coming up next month! The moms in our lives work so hard and give so much, so it’s important to take a day to make them feel special. Whether you’re celebrating your own mother, a step-mother, the mother of your children, or a friend who is a mom, here are some ideas of wonderful things to do with her.

Henrietta’s Table

Since Mother’s Day always falls on a Sunday, it’s traditional for many people to take their mom out for brunch. This is always a winning idea, and in Boston, there’s no better place for brunch than Henrietta’s Table in Harvard Square. This delightful restaurant has been serving up a menu of “honest to goodness New England cooking” for 20 years. In fact, Chef Peter Davis is a conservationist who prides himself on seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and fisheries. The restaurant specializes in brunch, with favorites like quiche, pancakes, and fresh-squeezed juices. Make sure you try a slice of their maple cheesecake with fresh whipped cream, too.

Boston Common

May is the beginning of picnic season! The weather is warming up, trees and flowers are blooming, and outdoor celebrations are a safe option during COVID-19. A great place to take your mom for a picnic locally is Boston Common. This sprawling downtown park is conveniently located near a couple of transit options. When you’re done eating, it’s the starting point for the historical Boston Freedom Trail if you want to walk off calories from lunch! Pro tip for eating in the park: there are MANY squirrels here, and they are not at all shy about coming over to beg for some food.

Harbor Cruise

Another great idea to get fresh air with your mom is taking her on a jazz cruise in the harbor. Northern Lights offers these 90-minute cruises on Sunday evenings. You’ll get to enjoy the beautiful sunset colors with a mixed drink in hand from the bar while being serenaded by a live jazz band, the Blue Motion Quartet. Bring a sweater since early May evenings on the water can be chilly.

Central Park Lanes

Is that mom in your life fun-loving and young at heart? It might be nice to plan an active day. A fun activity to do when in Boston is candlepin bowling, a bowling style unique to New England! You can give it a try at the family-owned Central Park Lanes in East Boston. This is old-school, no-frills bowling at its best with a cool, retro design scheme to boot and you and your mom are bound to have a blast.

Fox & the Knife

If your mom is more of the traditional type, you might want to treat her to a classy night out. Consider Fox & the Knife, which was a semi-finalist in the 2020 James Beard Awards for Best New Restaurant. Better yet, this classy new spot is family-owned, and features an all-female chef and management team! Indoor dining is open Thursday through Sunday, but reservations are required.

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