Boston’s Best Places For Rekindling Romance

August 10, 2012 6:00 AM

Don’t let the fact you have children burn out your romantic flame. Bring back the spark that made you fall in love in the first place with a day out with your special someone, walking through fields of flowers, gazing at beautiful art, riding along the Charles River, dining in the North End and relaxing in a Jacuzzi.

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Arnold Arboretum
125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 524-1718

Price: free

Take a tour through the Arnold Arboretum with your loved one. Hand in hand, gaze at the flowers and plants that fill the 265 acres of the arboretum. With about 15,000 plants, trees, shrubs and vines, the 60- to 90-minute tour shows the history of the arboretum with a seasonal interest. Relax and enjoy the simplicity of plants from around the world, including trees that are more than 100 years old. Make your time at the Arnold Arboretum more personal as you and your significant other look at vine gardens, featured collections and fruit trees on a self-guided tour.

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Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300

Price: $22 adults/$20 seniors/free members

Spend time with your partner looking at and discussing art at the Museum of Fine Arts. Marvel at art from America, Europe, Asia, Africa and years gone by. Enjoy prints, drawings, photography and sculptures. Even gaze upon fashion, jewelry and musical instruments. Browse the museum’s bookstore, where you will find art books, prints, stationery and painting replicas. Spoil your significant other with a present such as jewelry, home items or accessories. For a break kick back at Taste, a cafe and wine bar that serves coffee, wine, espresso and gourmet tea. Grab a light bite of sandwiches such as turkey and bacon, with avocado and gouda on rosemary focaccia, or a roasted vegetable wrap with hummus. Feed each other desserts including blueberry almond tart or red velvet cream cheese brownies as you sip your coffee.

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Gondola di Venezia
The Esplanade
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 876-2800

Price: $99 to $229

After a day of walking, sit back and snuggle on a Gondola di Venezia tour. With authentic gondolas that come directly from Italy, you will think you have been transported in time as you float down the Charles River on the Esplanade. Bring your own wine or champagne and toast to your love. Whether you opt for the 45-minute standard tour, which includes cheese and crackers, chocolates and recorded Italian music, or the luxury tour, which includes the same plus live music, roses, cider, strawberries, a wine glass gift set and custom framed photo, you will be sure to remember why you fell in love.

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Omni Parker House
60 School St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 227-8600

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End your romantic getaway with a dip in a Jacuzzi at the Omni Parker House. Bathe in the lap of luxury in the Harvey Parker suite located on the top floor. With views of the city, including Boston Common, the soothing, rich colors of the contemporary furnishings will have you breathing deep and living large. Relax with your significant other in traditional or deluxe rooms, or premier suites. Catch a movie on the LCD flat screen television, put your feet up in the large living room or enjoy some coffee. Consider the Ooh La La Romance package, which includes breakfast for two, sparkling wine, petit fours, macarons and special turndown service.

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Nicole Adams resides on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She is a freelance writer specializing in animal welfare. Her work can be found at