Four season activities in Boston to keep you outside of your home

By Stef Zisovska
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Four season activities in Boston to keep you outside of your home

Stef Zisovska
 
 
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Boston is a beautiful city with very distinct seasons throughout the year, which makes it a perfect place for all kinds of outdoor activities. People from any age can find a suitable activity to do in the open space, no matter if it’s spring, summer, fall or winter. From ice skating and sledding to wildflower spotting, kayaking, and canoeing, Boston, and its surroundings have it all. Here are some of the best things you can do in and around Boston, depending the time of the year.

Hubway

A Hubway bicycle sharing station outside the Boston Public Library on a rainy day – Author: Tony Webster – CC BY-SA 4.0
A Hubway bicycle sharing station outside the Boston Public Library on a rainy day – Author: Tony Webster – CC BY-SA 4.0

Hubway is a bike share service with stations all around the city. Riding a bike is the best way to exercise while you explore the streets of Boston. Depending on how long are you planning to stay in Boston, there are 1-day, 3-day, and year-round memberships. If you’re going to rent a bike for a day, then make sure to check your bike into any Hubway location every half hour to keep your costs low.

Belkin Family Lookout Farm

Belkin Lookout Farm offers a great fun for the whole family. Hopping on and off their train while you make way through the fruit-abundant orchards while your little ones play in the kids’ area. Enjoy as you climb the playground structures, make your way to the top of the hay pyramid, get your face painted, take a hayride, or bounce away in their bounce house. Prepare a picnic lunch that you can eat when you’re done fruit picking. On your way back you can purchase some of the mouthwatering items that they sell close to the farm.

Boston public garden

Boston Public Gardens Panorama – Author: Rick Harris – CC BY-SA 2.0
Boston Public Gardens Panorama – Author: Rick Harris – CC BY-SA 2.0

Boston’s public garden is the oldest botanical garden in the entire US. Take a quiet stroll to feel the real charm and grace of the city. Since 1877, the Swan Boats float around in the pond when the weather’s warm and that’s a ride you must take, no matter how old are you. This inner city treasure is a perfect spot to have a picnic lunch and relax on a Sunday afternoon. Year round, the beauty of Public Garden shines and makes for excellent photo opportunities.

Arnold Arboretum

Lilac Sunday – Author: John Phelan – CC BY-SA 3.0
Lilac Sunday – Author: John Phelan – CC BY-SA 3.0

The arboretum was developed by James Arnold who let it to Harward University after he died is a 281-acre area with more than 4000 types of trees. Hundreds of students spend their time in this botanical garden to learn every day. The Arboretum is hosting many events each year and one of them is Lilac Sunday that happens each year in May. Make sure to stop at the visitors center and ask for scheduled guided walks, tours, and even talks.

Castle Island

Fort Independence, on Castle Island, in the harbor approaches to Boston, Massachusetts – Author: Chris Wood – CC BY-SA 3.0
Fort Independence, on Castle Island, in the harbor approaches to Boston, Massachusetts – Author: Chris Wood – CC BY-SA 3.0

Castle Island is a 22-acre urban park and a home to the Fort Independence. It’s a perfect place where you can see one of Boston’s greatest attractions and enjoy the beach at the same time. The island has biking, walking and running trails where you can spend your time before head to one of the public beaches.

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Harbor Islands are a unique part of National Park System. The 12 ready to explore islands offer a variety of activities for an island adventure including historic sites visit, spotting wildlife, taking a hike, getting in the water on a kayak or for a swim, sharing a picnic, doing some fishing and even camping. There is no other place in the country similar to the Harbor Islands. You can explore the islands on your own or join one of the organized tours and programs. All it takes is a short ride from Boston and a desire for an island adventure. Good luck!

 
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