I think it’s safe to say that spring has sprung here in New England; colorful flowers are popping up, the birds are singing every morning, and there have been a few days when jackets haven’t been required. (I have even pulled my flip flops out of hibernation!) But I also know not to hold my breath, as the weather is nothing if not fickle in this area. Nevertheless, for me, one of the true heralds that spring has arrived is the opening of some favorite seasonal spots in the Boston area. I’m happy to share that several of these are now open, and some are opening in the coming weeks for all to enjoy!

Sullivan’s :: Castle Island, South Boston

This summer mainstay has quite a long season, and it seems to open earlier every year — this year it opened at the end of February and will be open until just after Halloween! Nothing says the beautiful weather is here more than a delicious Sully’s hot dog or lobster roll to be enjoyed right by the water. My family loves to make a day of playing and exploring around Fort Independence, watching the boats and planes nearby, visiting the playground, and then picnicking amongst the seagulls on the many tables in front of Sullivan’s.

The Greenway Carousel :: Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston (across from the New England Aquarium)

Colorful sea creatures offer rides in the heart of the city as the wind plays with your hair. This merry-go-round is a fun spot to visit as you explore the city. The carousel just opened up for the season and will be open through the fall.  

SoWa Open Market :: South End, Boston

Featuring nearly 200 artisans, a variety of food trucks, musicians, and Boston’s first “Beer Barn” (a taproom and beer hall with lawn games and live music), the SoWa Open Market is a fun weekend stop, and it’s open every Sunday from early May through October.  

Lawn on D :: D Street, South Boston

This outdoor space on the waterfront offers lawn games, food trucks, music, children’s festivals (from time to time), and even “swing time” — something for everyone in the family. Opening in early May, the Lawn on D is a premier outdoor space, full of liveliness and cheer.  

Swan Boats :: Boston Public Garden

From April through Labor Day, the Swan Boats offer a scenic 15-minute exploration of the Public Garden’s lagoon. This classic Boston tradition, which began in 1877, offers one of the best opportunities to explore nature at its finest in one of the most picturesque areas of the city.

What are some of your favorite seasonal spots in Boston to visit at the start of spring?

Kate came to New England for college a decade and a half ago, and fell in love with all things Boston. She is the mom of two beautiful baby boys, ages 2.5 & 10 months, and loves watching them explore this lovely area of the country, experiencing Boston through their eyes. Heart-filling: spending time with my family, spontaneous hugs, kisses and “I love you Mommy” from my boys, reading great books, fall in New England, the Adirondacks, golden retriever puppies (don’t have any yet!), coffee, champagne, and serendipity. Can do without: Boston traffic, inconsiderateness, never-ending winters and stir-craziness.


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