Top Five Friday: Best Places to Visit in Boston in the Spring!

By Michaela Kinlock, City Year AmeriCorps Member serving on the Summit Partners Team at Harbor Middle School.

You know what they say, April showers bring May flowers! Here are some great places to visit in Boston in both the rainy and sunny springtime weather. Looking to take your students on a field trip? Wait no more.

What’s your favorite Boston attraction? Take the poll below!

5.) Arnold Arboretum

Arnold Arboretum

Located in the Jamaica Plain and Roslindale neighborhoods of Boston, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is the oldest public arboretum in North America!  With its mission to “increase the knowledge of the evolution and biology of woody plants”, the Arnold Arboretum is a great place to visit on a sunny spring day. Spend an afternoon here on a docent or self-guided tour or bring along friends and food for a picnic!

The Arnold Arboretum is easily accessible from the Forest Hills MBTA station on the Orange Line, or the Monument stop on the #35 MBTA bus route.

4.) Museum of Science

Museum of Science

The Museum of Science (MOS) is the perfect place to visit when April showers threaten to keep you cooped up at home. The MOS exhibit halls house both permanent and temporary exhibits. Current exhibits include Geckos: Tails to Toepads, Natural Mysteries, and Dinosaurs: Modeling the Mesozoic.  The MOS also has a Planetarium and Butterfly Garden, and even boasts a five story tall IMAX dome screen located in the Mugar Omni Theater. With admission available to just one or all of these great options, the Museum of Science will make you forget all about the rainy weather outside.

The MOS is available via MBTA at the Science Park stop on the Green E Line.
*For other indoor attractions, check out the New England Aquarium and Museum of Fine Arts!

3.) Freedom Trail

Freedom Trail

The city of Boston is rich with history of the beginning of our nation. The Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile brick walking trail, will lead you to sixteen nationally significant historical sites, including Paul Revere’s House, the Old South Meeting House, and Faneuil Hall.  For those looking to exercise their bodies as well as their minds, there is a Freedom Trail 5k run every Saturday and Sunday morning at 8:30.  Or, take a more leisurely stroll and learn all about Boston’s role in the American Revolution.  The Freedom Trail “begins” at the Boston Common and “ends” at the USS Constitution, but you can start your journey at any stop along the way!

2.) Fenway Park 

Fenway Park

Home to the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium currently in use, and celebrates its 100th birthday on April 20! Score tickets to a Red Sox game if you’re lucky, or take a guided tour!

Fenway Park is easily accessible from the Kenmore stop via the MBTA B, C, or D Green Line trains, as well as by the #8, 19, 57, 60 or 65 bus routes

1.)   Boston Common and Public Garden

The Boston Common is the oldest park in the country, and is a great spot to visit to throw a ball around, have a picnic, read a book, and just enjoy being outside.  On an especially hot spring day, take a run through the fountain at the Frog Pond.  Or, visit the Boston Public Garden and take a ride on the Swan Boats and visit the Make Way for Ducklings statues.

The Boston Common and Public Garden are within walking distance from the Park Street Station via the MBTA Red or Green lines.

These attractions are just few of the many that Boston has to offer. We are lucky to have the MBTA as one of City Year Boston‘s sponsors. They make it easy to get around this great city, so get out there and go! Thank you, MBTA!

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