The snow has melted and the sun is shining a bit brighter and longer …. spring is finally here in Boston!! To celebrate the city coming out of its winter hibernation, we have compiled a list of some must do activities for warmer weather dates.
Is there anything more quintessential Boston than a Fenway frank in one hand and a seasonal Sam Adams beer in the other while cheering on our beloved Red Sox? Probably not. Fenway is the oldest and arguably most iconic ballpark in the United States. Sports is an integral part of Bostonian life and Fenway Park, having been home to the Red Sox since April 20, 1912, is an essential piece of that. There is really not a better way to pass a beautiful spring afternoon or evening here in Boston than at Fenway Park when the Sox are in town.
4 Yawkey Way, Boston
2. The Lawn on D
The Lawn on D is a unique free public park space that definitely needs to be on your bucket list for a spring day out in the city. Challenge your date here to a game of bocce, ping-pong, cornhole or Jenga. The signature draw in this play space is the interactive combination of art and play with Swing Time. Swing Time is a distinctive set of circular swings on the Lawn that have solar powered LED lights which can change color when swung on at different speeds. There is a line up of bands and entertainment offered throughout the season and concessions are available as well as adult beverages. Click here for updated schedule of events.
420 D Street, South Boston
3. Swan Boats
One sure sign of spring is when the swan boats are back in the public garden! This family run business has been a Boston institution since 1877 and is a must do at least once on a sunny day date in the city. Click here for more information and tickets.
Boston Public Garden
4. Table 77 at Tresca
Tresca’s Table 77 is one of the most unique dining experiences for two in the city. In seasonal weather, a single table for two is set out on a small balcony over looking bustling Hanover street below. This is a unique and memorable date night in the North End. Click here for more details and reservations.
233 Hanover Street
5. Castle Island
Spend a day date enjoying a distinctive neighborhood of Boston and what it uniquely has to offer. South Boston is a great choice with a lot of character but also more beaches than any other Boston neighborhood. A great date spent here does not have to be pricey either. Walk along M Street Beach, Carson Beach, around Castle Island loop then grab some hot dogs or burgers at iconic Sullivan’s (some of the best in the city) and you have a classic spring day in Boston.
Sullivan’s Castle Island
2080 William J Day Blvd, South Boston
6. Food Tours
Get a taste of Boston by neighborhood on a specialized food tour! There are so many fun foodie tours to check out in the city. Two of our favorites are the specialized Off The Beaten Path’s tours (including Cambridge, Somerville, Lowell and Fenway) as well as Cocktail and Cannolis tour of the North End with samplings of cocktails, dessert and history along the way! Click here for information and updated schedule of Cocktails and Cannolis tours and click here for updated schedule of Off the Beaten Path Food Tours.
7. Harbor Cruise
There is nothing quite like taking in the view of the Boston skyline from the water on a beautiful sunny afternoon or seeing the city lights reflected on a warm evening! Plan a fun date night (or day) this spring out on the water with your favorite. Check out the list of dinner and lunch cruises available here for a memorable date night on the harbor.
200 Seaport Blvd, Boston MA
8. Harbor Island Picnic
An easy and special retreat from the city life, a trip out to the Boston Harbor Islands is the perfect spring day date. A beautiful day on one of the harbor islands can feel like a mini vacation without having to leave town or sit in traffic all day. There are 34 islands to explore right in the city’s harbor. They are all just an easy ferry ride from long wharf away. There are also a few free ferry days throughout the season making it even easier to plan a day out on the islands (the parks participate in Free Fun Fridays sponsored by Highland Street Foundation, check the park calendar for details and current dates).
9. Outdoor Wine Tasting
Plan a day trip to the charming Nashoba Valley Winery where they make over 30 varieties of their own local wine. They have picturesque grounds and an outdoor tasting bar along with their beautiful orchard setting. Bring your own snacks and hang out picnic style while sipping glasses of vino, visit the tasting bars, or enjoy a gourmet brunch at the on-site J’s Restaurant. A short tour of the winery is also a fun idea to add to a day out here – see how they make the wine you get to enjoy right on-site!
100 Wattaquadock Hill Rd, Bolton
10. Try Golf Together
The Granite Links Golf Club is an amazing course open to the public and their driving range with the adjacent Crossing 9’s Patio and Bar is a perfect date night outing. Hit a bucket of balls and then enjoy some delicious food and drink all while taking in some spectacular views of the Boston skyline. The driving range here is one of the few lighted ranges in the area and is particularly beautiful at sunset. They also have live music on the patio Thursday through Sunday making this a perfect ending to your golf day date. Click here for their updated schedule and full menu and bar options.
Granite Links Golf Club
100 Quarry Hills Drive, Quincy MA