The Best Spots for Memorial Day Picnics in Boston

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In a couple of weeks, families will come together for a day of reflection on and remembrance of those who have died in active military service. After honoring our fallen at the Mass Military Heroes flag planting on Boston Common, take the family to any of these parks for a leisurely outdoor picnic. Here’s a look at five of the best spots in Boston.

1 The Lawn on D

The Lawn on D
One of the best places to enjoy the outdoors is at The Lawn on D. Located between the waterfront and South Boston, the interactive space hosts weekly events, children’s festivals, movies, concerts and even a lunchtime music series. Set up a picnic on the beautiful grassy lawn or head to one of the many picnic tables to take in the beautiful weather. You can pack all the gear needed for your picnic, but leave the food to The Lawn on D. (There are concession stands that offer wine, cheese and even crudité for the perfect picnic). After your picnic, you can enjoy an outdoor game of bocce, cornhole or ping pong.
420 D Street Boston, MA 02210

2 The Charles River

Charles River Watershed Association
There is nothing quite like a beautiful waterfront view and in Boston, we have our choice of which water to view. Instead of heading over to the ocean, we recommend packing a picnic and heading over to any of the grassy areas along The Charles River. You have your choice of locations anywhere from Hopkinton to Boston where the river flows freely through 23 communities. Because the slow-moving river lacks speed, it will always be brownish in color. That doesn’t bother us Bostonians because we will always love that dirty water.

3 Castle Island

Head over to South Boston where you can choose the perfect patch of grass from 22 acres of parks to lay a blanket for the perfect picnic. Castle Island is surrounded by Boston Harbor and houses Fort Independence, a granite fort built in the 1800s that provided harbor defense for the city of Boston. After your picnic, take a walk around the island and enjoy the oceanfront views. The fort opens for tours Memorial Day weekend.
2010 Day Boulevard South Boston, MA 02127

4 The Esplanade

The Esplanade Association
Everyone knows about the Esplanade when it comes to the Fourth of July celebration held here each year featuring the beloved Boston Pops. The park is open year round and features 64 acres along a three mile-long shore of the Charles River. After a picnic on Fiedler Field, you can play a round of tennis after on one of four lit courts, work off those calories at the outdoor Exercise Course or take a sailing class at the nearby Boston University Sailing Pavilion. The hatch shell also hosts free concerts and community events.

5 Boston Public Garden

Friends of the Public Garden
One of the most beautiful parks in Boston is the Public Garden. The first public botanical garden in the country, it is also the most picturesque. After your picnic, take a walk along one of the many tree lined pathways, view the gorgeous fountains, historic monuments or take a ride on the Swan Boats that have made this their home for more than a century.
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