When Spring finally arrives in Boston there is nothing better than getting outside to enjoy the wonderful weather! From flying kites to having a picnic, there are endless activities you can do. So grab your family (or just have some quiet time by yourself) and go enjoy one of these outdoor activities.
Spring means the start of baseball season. Everyone loves the Red Sox, and for good reason! Tour Fenway or take in a game- you will love it. If you're not sure the kids will sit through a whole game, or you want a more casual environment, check out one of the local minor league teams. I love taking our kids to these- tickets are cheap, you get to sit right at the field, there's lots of entertainment between innings, and often on the weekends they'll have fireworks. Try the Brockton Rox, Lowell Spinners, or Pawtucket Red Sox
There are so many great places to explore in New England, and plenty within a half hour. Some of my favorite places to hike with the kids are:
Blue Hills Reservation- There are miles and miles of hikes (but look at the map beforehand and watch closely, as I find a lot of the trails are not marked well) and some spectacular views. We like the short hike at Chickatawbut Tower (yellow to red to blue and back) with a view of Boston, and we love the hike up to Eliot Tower and the Weather Observatory. There is also a trailside museum with a small outdoor animal exhibits (the otter is always a hit with kids).
Noanet Woodlands- Hikes are not too long but you are rewarded with views of Boston. After the hike stop and play at Caryl Playground (located just down the path from the Caryl Park parking lot).
Middlesex Fells- The trails go around the lake, and what's better than a hike with a water view?
Interested in more of a walk/stroll? Try these:
Hemlock Gorge, Needham Reservoir, Cutler Lake, Ridge Hill Reservation, Needham Town Forest (there's a small train in the woods! It's called Martini Junction. But bring your bug spray!), Rail Trail, Lake Waban, Brook Path, Wellesley College, Snow Hill, Rocky Woods, Powisett Farm, Elm Bank, Broadmoor, Walden Pond, Wayside Inn & Grist Mill
Being on the water is one of my favorite things! If you don't own your own canoe or kayak, rent one for the hour or day and you're sure to make some great family memories. You can go out on some of the lakes, but being on the Charles River is my favorite.
Don't forget to take some time during the Spring to just stroll through the Boston Public Garden or Boston Common. The trees are in bloom and everything is so beautiful. The swan boats and carousel are open, with the frog pond opening in June. Or walk along the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and take a ride on the carousel.