Today marks the first day of the Summer Solstice or the longest day of the year for those of us that live in the Northern Hemisphere. Bostonians were lucky enough to get a gorgeous sunny 85 degree today to ring in the summer with today! Despite some clouds and a possible thunderstorm on Thursday the rest of the week and weekend looks absolutely fabulous with picture perfect sunny days with temps in the high 80’s.
Charles River Esplanade
The Esplanade, is the long stretch of public green space that extends for three miles along the Boston shore of the Charles River from the Boston Museum of Science to the Boston University Bridge. With it’s beautiful natural landscape, the park is home to the iconic Hatch Shell that thousands gather at every Fourth of July to enjoy the amazing sounds of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Along with, various historical monuments, recreational facilities, and over five miles of pathway for walking, running, or biking. The park is open from dawn to dusk, except for walk-through traffic and permitted events.
2. The Boston Harborwalk
In the mood for a long stroll along the shoreline of the Boston Harbor?….well break out your pair of New Balance’s and get ready to embark on an epic journey along the coast full of local characters, spectacular views, amazing art, famous shipwrecks and tons of restaurants to use as a pit stop, for tasty drinks and food. If you are out enjoying the day on your own, download this Free Audio Walking Tour that will guide you along your journey, full of interesting facts and local history as you make your way down the Harborwalk.Looking to take your dog with you too? No worries! Most of the parks and beaches along the Harborwalk are pooch friendly….just don’t forget the leash!
3. Christopher Columbus Park
Sandwiched in-between the Boston Marriott Long Wharf and Joes American Grill, sits a little area of green grass and two trellis covered walkways right among the edge of the waterfront. This area is perfect to stretch out and relax on a park bench or blanket with a packed picnic. Or if Yogi Bear stole your picnic basket….head right across the street to Quincy Market and grab yourself a bite to eat to go, and enjoy it in the park. With plenty of green grass, park benches and views of the water – Christopher Columbus Park is a great place to check out on a sunny summer day!
4.Boston Public Garden
A nice quiet oasis of green landscapes and breathtaking trees and flowers make the Public Garden a no-brainer to check out in the summer. With a frosty cold lemonade (from a pushcart vendor) in your hand and the bright sun shining down, you will witness a picture perfect scene that could be on the front of a Hallmark card as you watch the beautiful Swan Boats take families and tourists on a slow lazy journey around the water filled lagoon. Whether you have already witnessed the beauty of the Boston Public Garden, or are just stepping foot inside for the first time…I can promise, you will not be disappointed!
5. Castle Island
Castle Island anchors Pleasure Bay at the northern tip of a 3-mile stretch of South Boston beaches looking out onto Dorchester Bay. Sitting at the top, lies historic Fort Independence overlooks the Boston Harbor Islands, offering spectacular views and a refreshing cool breeze. I mean, I don’t know about you….but on a hot, steamy summer day (when a cool breeze isn’t hitting the spot) I’m looking to cool off at the beach and make a splash in some water that is colder than a Dunkin’ iced coffee! For swimming your in luck, as Pleasure Bay Beach circles around to the west and the south of Castle Island, offering protected swimming areas along the sandy edges of the lagoon, and although the beaches are further south along Day Blvd offer white sand, lifeguards, and reportedly fewer jellyfish.Enjoy the views, have a picnic, soak up the sun, and stroll along the Harborwalk down at Castle Island….and with the mouth watering smell of fried clams and ice cream in the air is a reminder to pay a visit to Sullivan’s where you can indulge in all your favorite fried foods and sweet treats!