Springtime Fun in Boston
Recommended Spring Stops for Boston Visitors
The snow has thawed from the streets of Boston, and it is time to head outdoors and experience what this historic city has to offer. Whether it is walking in Paul Revere’s footsteps, sailing on the Harbor or spending a day at one of America’s most famous ballparks- Boston has a spring activity for everyone.
Set out on Boston’s only three-hour long whale watch for a chance to see Humpback whales, Finback whales, Minke whales, and the endangered Right whales. Hop aboard a hi-speed catamaran and head over to the feeding grounds of Stellwegen Bank Marine Sanctuary- an area frequented by whales, dolphins and sea birds. Learn about the behaviors of whales as well as their conservation status from trained naturalists. Upon docking, stop by The Landing at Long Wharf, an outdoor bar that serves fishbowl drinks and various snacks.
Baseball season has arrived! Fenway Park, home of the Green Monster and Pesky’s Pole, is a “must-visit” destination for any tourist- or local. A Red Sox game is the perfect spring outing for friends, families or for impressing a date. There’s more to Fenway Park than peanuts and crackerjacks. Constructed in 1912, Fenway is the oldest working ballpark in baseball’s history and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2012. In addition to games, year-round tours are offered daily where visitors can learn about Red Sox legends and traditions while exploring the inside of the ballpark. There’s no better time than spring to head to Yawkey Way. Grab a Fenway Frank, and a cold beer and cheer on the Boston Red Sox.
Boston Harbor & Harborwalk
Stroll along Boston’s Harborwalk- approximately fifteen miles of a public access pathway along the water stretching from Dorchester to Winthrop. Program Director at the Boston Harbor Association, Christian Merfeld, describes the Harborwalk as “Beautiful. Its right along the water and much of it has public amenities and grassy areas. There are binoculars to look across the harbor. It’s a great way to begin your journey when exploring Boston.” For those seeking outdoorsy adventures, jump aboard a ferry to visit the Boston Harbor Islands. This is a National Recreation Area, great for family activities and includes Spectacle Island- one of Boston’s best kept secrets. “It’s a hidden gem. You can lay out your towel and relax on the beach without the big crowds,” explains Merfeld. For those seeking a thrilling ride, explore the waters of the Boston Harbor on Codzilla- a speedboat with a sea-monster narrative. Boston Harbor Mini Speedboats has rentable boats, which visitors captain themselves. Boston has many sailing organizations and day trips to choose from. As Merfeld describes, “Boston Harbor is typically seen as a gateway to immigration or a working port but it is one of our amazing amenities that has been underutilized until now, as it’s being rediscovered as a recreational body of water.”
Unwind on the grassy lawns of The Rose Kennedy Greenway. This mile and a half stretch of green provides the public with a space for art installations, events, food trucks and free Wi-Fi. Events in the past have included FIGMENT- an interactive art festival and Boston-NY Food Truck Throwdown. Additionally, The Greenway is Boston’s only organically maintained public park. “Beautiful place to walk or to be outside,” says Merfeld, “You won’t be disappointed. With stretches of green where a young family can just run, throw a football or walk the dog. It’s a really great amenity for visitors and residents alike.”
-By Ettractions Digital Content Editor, PAULA MARINO
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