5 Great Picnic Spots in and around Boston

June 17, 2014

Sun, sandwiches, and scenic views…picnics are just the greatest. Here we have some of the best places in and around Boston to enjoy a picnic with friends in the beautiful summer weather:

Arnold Arboretum

Right off the Forest Hills stop on the Orange Line, the Arnold Arboretum is a beautiful and massive area with plenty of open grass for picnics. Plenty of trees for shade and hills to climb for views of Boston skyline.


Back Bay Fens

A great central location for outdoor relaxation is the Fenway, easily accessible from the Hynes or Northeastern Green Line stops. It’s also super close to the Museum of Fine Arts if you’d like to enjoy some culture with your picnic.

Houghton’s Pond

A bit farther from the city but still just a short drive away is Houghton’s Pond. Located in the Blue Hills in Milton, the pond allows for leisurely hikes, swimming, and barbecuing with picnic tables provided.



Right next to the Charles river, the Esplanade has great open areas for picnics as well as biking and walking paths and playgrounds for kids. Checking out a free concert at the Hatch Shell while you’re there: highly recommended. Taking a dip in the Charles while you’re there: not so much.


Castle Island

Grab some take-out at Castle Island’s only restaurant Sullivan’s and enjoy a lunch by the historic Fort Independence. During the summer, take advantage of the seasonally-offered castle tours.


Just grab a picnic blanket and basket, your favorite foods and friends and you’re good to go!

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