Boston’s Best Spots For Picnics

May 30, 2014 6:00 AM

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Boston might be more well known for its restaurants than its picnic spots (as seen here), but that doesn’t mean they can’t be found. Spend some time outdoors in the sun in Boston enjoying a meal with friends and family. You can also throw down a blanket at the following places as you head to Boston’s best spots for picnics.
Photo credit: Boston Harbor Islands

Photo credit: Boston Harbor Islands

Peddocks Island
Boston Harbor
Boston, MA 02228
(617) 223-8666

Peddocks Island, one of the larger and more diverse islands in the harbor, is the perfect spot for a picnic with a view. Spend the day at the beach and enjoy lunch while relaxing in the sand, or head up to one of the many picnic tables. No need to limit yourself to sandwiches, as there are plenty of cooking grills available. The island also features hiking trails, geologic and historical structures and solar energy installations.

(Photo from Friends of Public Garden)

(Photo from Friends of Public Garden)

Public Garden
69 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 723-8144

The Public Garden is a scenic place for a summer picnic. The statuary and plantings will bring you back to Victorian times, while the flowers and greenery whisk you away from city life. Spread your blanket under one of the many trees and enjoy your lunch in the shade. Take a stroll around the garden to observe the many brightly colored flower beds or lounge while you watch the swan boats make their way peacefully around the pond.

Peters park in the South End. (Photo: John Phelan/Wikipedia)

Peters park in the South End. (Photo: John Phelan/Wikipedia)

Peters Park
230 Shawmut Ave.
Boston, MA 02118

Peter’s Park, located in the South End, is just the spot for a cozy picnic. Take a stroll by the beautiful gardens and art installations before grabbing a seat in the sitting area to set up your lunch. Leave some time to enjoy the handball and basketball courts, or bring the kids over to the playground. You can even bring your dog on this picnicking adventure, as there is a fenced-in, off-leash dog park.

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Photo credit: Boston Harborwalk

Photo credit: Boston Harborwalk

Constitution Beach
799 Bennington St.
Boston, MA 02128
(617) 626-1250

Constitution Beach is a lovely place to spend a day with the family and enjoy a picnic in the sand. The playground, tennis and handball courts and swimming will have your family working up an appetite. If it gets too warm to eat on the beach, just head up to the picnic area or shade shelters to get some relief. At the end of the day, wash up at the foot showers and new bathhouse before heading home.

(Photo from: Norman B. Leventhal Park/Facebook)

(Photo from: Norman B. Leventhal Park/Facebook)

Norman B. Leventhal Park
Post Office Square
130 Congress St.
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 423-1500

This lush, green park sets a romantic backdrop for a picnic with your sweetheart. The sculptural fountain in the park’s center sets a whimsical tone, while the trellis, vines and granite columns set the stage for a floral oasis. With over one hundred species of trees, bushes, flowers and plants, you will forget that you are actually in the city. Set the mood with your choice of seating from cast iron chairs with tables, steel settees, teak benches or perhaps grab a seat on the well-manicured lawn.

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Kim Vareika is the owner of Vareika Personal Training and Yoga in Plainville. She has been in the fitness industry for over ten years, and believes that wellness is about more than just physical health. When she is not teaching, practicing, or writing, she resides in Bridgewater where she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her nephew Caesar. Her work can be found at

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