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7 Beautiful Picnic Spots in Boston

Ariane Vigna | March 25, 2021 | Lifestyle

Best picnic spots in Boston

Boston Public Gardens

Picnic, anyone?

Nature is medicine, and you deserve a moment in the sun. Whether you’re making the most of a relaxing Sunday afternoon or taking a break in your busy week, enjoying an elaborate affair or a quick stop with a grab-and-go sandwich, Boston has plenty of parks where you can enjoy lunch with friends and family.

Celebrate the warm weather months by spreading out a blanket on green grass and putting together a fun meal under the trees. Grab a book, a Frisbee, or just soak in the sights at one of Boston’s best picnic spots below.

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Boston Public Garden

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Let’s begin with the classics. The Boston Public Garden is one of the city’s most beloved parks — and for good reason. Across Newbury Street, the majestic trees of the very first botanical garden in the U.S. provide shade from the sun. There’s so much to see, from ducks playing in the pond to children running around, dogs getting to know each other and more. Take a ride in a lovely Swan Boats when the weather gets warm; the perfect post-picnic date. Dig into a tasty sandwich, sip on your mimosa, and catch the eye of General George Washington's statue which stands right at the opening gates of the park, welcoming you to one of the city's most famous landmarks.

Boston Common

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History awaits across Charles Street. The country’s first public park was used for public hangings until 1817 — spooky, just like the Halloween celebrations on the park’s Frog Pond. These days, the sweeping green is a much friendlier place, the perfect spot for a meal in the breeze. It also offer a lot of fun in the winter season, from ice-skating to the city’s annual holiday tree lighting. If you’re planning a more traditional summer picnic, be sure to check out the rallies, concerts and fairs that await. The views on the city’s Massachusetts Statehouse are well worth the trip.

Cambridge Common Park

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Located close to Harvard Square, Cambridge Common Park is the perfect place for a short break from the city’s steady rumble. If you don’t feel like bringing your own food, there’s plenty of options around. Grab a delicious cannoli at Mike’s Pastry or Cereal Milk soft serve at Milk Bar for a stress-free afternoon basking in the New England sun.

Copley Square

Copley Square’s appeal lies in its beautiful city views and proximity to Newbury Street's hub of restaurants and shops. Chow down and kick back while marveling at the impressive architecture of the Boston Public Library and the historic Trinity Church.

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Christopher Columbus Park

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Not sure how to prepare Italian dishes like the pros? Head to Christopher Columbus Park and grab a delicious Mediterranean specialty in the North End! The park is also close to Haymarket, which overflows with even more food options. Accessible with the T, right by the Aquarium stop, this city park has WiFi if you want to stay awhile and get some work done. Our favorite part is the view of the harbor, a relaxing sight in what is usually a very vibrant place, with many bars and restaurants surrounding the grassy green.

Rose Kennedy Greenway

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The Greenway is a stunning green space spanning more than a mile from Chinatown to Haymarket, born from the infamous Big Dig project. A vibrant and modern park, the Rose Kennedy Greenway boasts a plethora of fun food trucks and the beloved Trillium’s Greenway beer garden. You can come empty-handed and fill up on the best to-go food Boston has to offer.

Charles River Esplanade


Does the Esplanade really need an introduction? The views are unparalleled, hence the hordes of runners and cyclists looking to admire the river as they work out. The green spaces, docks and benches are ideal for a soothing picnic in the sun. Stretching for three miles along Storrow Drive, the riverside park can be accessed by footbridges, including the famous Arthur Fiedler Footbridge, named after the renowned Boston Pops Orchestra conductor.

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