After being cooped indoors throughout another long New England winter, spring is always a great time to reconnect with old friends. Friend-dates are always a great chance to get outdoors and explore new parts of the city. With so much development over the past couple years, there is always something new to see and do in Boston. Here are our top suggestions for friend-date activities this spring!

(Photo Credit: Assembly Row)

(Photo Credit: Assembly Row)


Assembly Row
340 Canal St.
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 440-5565
www.assemblyrow.com

Assembly Row is a great spot to meet up for a friend date because it is a convenient location for drivers and public transit riders alike. The new outdoor shopping mall provides plenty of activities. From outdoor bars and cafes, unparalleled shopping and a state-of-the-art movie theater, Assembly Row is sure to provide entertainment for hours. This is a great spot for a weeknight movie or a Sunday brunch followed by outlet shopping. Plus, there is plenty of parking, which is always hard to find in Boston!

(Photo Credit: Boston Public Market)

(Photo Credit: Boston Public Market)

Boston Public Market
100 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 973-4909
bostonpublicmarket.org

Boston Public Market is another lovely place to meet for a friend date in Boston. Less than a year old, the market has stands from dozens of local farms, coffee roasters, butchers and other artisans. Try samples of local delicacies or sit down for lunch. Boston Public Market also provides great event programming, so check their online calendar and consider taking a yoga class, cooking class or arts workshop!

(Photo Credit: Night Shift Brewing)

(Photo Credit: Night Shift Brewing)


Night Shift Brewery
87 Santilli Highway
Everett, MA 02149
(617) 294-4233
www.nightshiftbrewing.com

Night Shift Brewery provides a fun alternative when planning a night out with a good friend or two! The large, open beer hall in Everett has a variety of beers and ciders to taste, food trucks on premises and games everywhere. Get up and challenge friends to corn hole, or sit down for a game of UNO or Connect Four. Plus, the brewery offers tours, which makes it easy to add an educational element to the evening!

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The South End
Dartmouth St. at Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02118
www.south-end-boston.com

The South End is Boston’s most picturesque neighborhood. It is the perfect area in which to meet a long-lost friend and reconnect while strolling through the tree-lined streets among the Victorian brownstones. The neighborhood is also a foodie haven with countless restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops and more. There are a handful of must-see boutiques including Follain, Flock, Olives and Grace, and Niche. The neighborhood is also known for its art galleries! Stop in for an art opening or search SOWA for vintage pieces!

(Photo Credit:  Photo by John Kennard/ Institute of Contemporary Art)

(Photo Credit: Photo by John Kennard/ Institute of Contemporary Art)



The Institute of Contemporary Art

100 Northern Ave.
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 478-3100
www.icaboston.org

The ICA is always a blast. Even for art skeptics, there is plenty going on at the ICA that makes it more than your average museum. Their fantastic programming includes live musical performances, fashion shows, lectures and their famous First Friday events. First Fridays at the ICA are events with a different theme on the first Friday of every month. The initiative started as a summer series so patrons could enjoy the ICA’s gorgeous outdoor space, but the popularity of the events caused the ICA to make First Fridays a year-round tradition. So grab a group of friends and enjoy an evening of culture in Boston’s Seaport District, starting at the ICA.

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Cameron Bruns is the founder of BostonGreenBlog.com and co-author of Just Us Gals Boston. She lives in Boston’s North End, where her goal is to promote ethical, stylish, and sustainable lifestyle choices to all Boston residents. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.