Things to do in Spring in Boston

Boston is a great city to visit any time of year, but Spring time in Boston is truly special. The winters are usually harsh, and the regenerative powers of Spring are on particular display in Boston. It can be a bit rainy, and you’ll get the odd snowstorm now and again, but if you’re aching to get outside and have some Spring time fun, you can do a lot worse than Boston. Below, I’ve listed 10 fun thing to do in Boston in the Spring.

FREEDOM TRAIL A great way to spend a day in Boston is to walk its famous Freedom Trial. It’s about 2.5 miles long, and it’s designed to guide pedestrians through the older colonial era sections of Boston and Charlestown. It starts at the Boston Common and takes the walker past numerous historical sites including the State House, the King’s Chapel, the Old South Meeting House, Faneuill Hall, the Paul Revere House, the Old North Church, the U.S.S. Constitution, the Bunker Hill monument, as well as three colonial era burying grounds. Wear appropriate footwear.

BUNKER HILL MONUMENT If you’re not too tired by the time you’ve finished the Freedom Trial at the Bunker Hill Monument, you can climb to the top of the 221 foot obelisk. Inside it, there is a narrow spiral staircase that will take you to a small observation area. The views are some of the best in Boston.

HARBOR TOURS If you prefer the water, there are a lot of boat tours of the Inner Harbor as well as some tours that will actually take you out into the Atlantic Ocean. Seeing Boston from the water is a special treat, and you’ll be amazed to discover that there are literally hundreds of islands in the harbor. Some of the islands are open to the public for picnicking and hiking.

CHARLES RIVER If you can’t get enough of the water, there’s also the Charles River and its riverfront park, the Esplanade. Whether you want to run, in-line skate, or sit on a bench and watch the world go by, the Esplanade is a lovely place to spend some time. There are also regularly scheduled concerts held in the park at the Hatch Shell.

SWAN BOATS & THE PUBLIC GARDEN For water fun that it a little tamer, try the Public Garden. A 25 acre sanctuary in the middle of downtown Boston, the Garden is technically a formal botanical garden, but in the center there is a man-made lagoon that is home to one of Boston’s oldest concessions, the Swan Boats. They are wooden paddle boats that feature large white acrylic swans at the stern. They are open to the public for riding.

FENWAY PARK TOURS Getting a ticket at Fenway Park to see the Red Sox play isn’t very easy, and it’s certainly not cheap, but you can always take a tour of the historic ball park, the oldest in Major League Baseball (dating to 1918). Tours run seven days a week and cost $12 per person.

NEWBURY STREET Located in the Back Bay, Newbury Street is one of America’s most interesting shopping districts. Yes, it can be a bit pricey, but if you enjoy people watching, you’ll enjoy Newbury Street. In Spring time, the outdoor cafes open up for business, and Newbury Street becomes thee place to see and been seen.

DOWNTOWN CROSSING SHOPPING DISTRICT Most visitors to Boston miss this area of the city despite the fact that it’s located within a block of the Freedom Trail. It’s the primary shopping area for local Bostonians, home to the famous Filene’s Basement, among hundreds of other retail stores.

HARVARD YARD If you feel like taking a trip on the subway, Harvard Yard is a short trip from downtown Boston. The Yard is the historic part of the campus of Harvard University. It’s open to the public, and it’s a wonderful place for a taking a stroll and admiring all of the ivy covered buildings. There is also a shopping and dining area nearby.

WALDEN POND If you feel like going for a drive, you can go out to Concord, Massachusetts and spend some time at the wooded preserve at Walden Pond, made famous by Henry David Thoreau. Explore on your own or take a guided tour. There is a replica of the shack that Thoreau built and lived in while writing his book about the pond and surrounding woods.