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Springtime in Boston
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Spring is always a welcomed time of year especially after a
long, cold winter. In Boston, springtime is a chance to
forget all about the snow and ice and instead embrace the
numerous outdoor activities the city has to offer.
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Springtime in Boston
Copyright (c) 2010 Ryan Hogan
Spring is always a welcomed time of year especially after a long,
cold winter. In Boston, springtime is a chance to forget all
about the snow and ice and instead embrace the numerous outdoor
activities the city has to offer.
First and foremost is the Boston Marathon. The world's oldest
and most prestigious annual marathon attracts runners from all
over the world. The race starts in nearby Hopkinton and finishes
26 miles, 385 yards later in Boston's Back Bay.
Play Ball! The Boys of Summer actually begin their quest to reach
the Fall Classic in the spring. The Boston Red Sox begin their
season in April and they play in the venerated and legendary
Fenway Park. The historic ballpark offers tours of its fable
grounds until two hours before first pitch.
While not outside, the spring also means it's post season time
for the NBA's Boston Celtics and the NHL's Boston Bruins. Both
teams play at TD Garden.
Speaking of "garden," nothing says springtime more than
gardens, greenspaces and flowers in bloom. The Emerald Necklace
offers Boston residents and visitors the best opportunity to
commune with nature. Six parks compose the Emerald Necklace: the
Back Bay Fens, the Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold
Arboretum, and Franklin Park. If you're up for a walk, Boston
Park rangers will lead you on foot through all six recreational
Not part of the Emerald Necklace but a fabulous outdoor space
nonetheless is the Public Garden situated right next to Boston
Common. This beautiful 24-acre plot of land is the United
States' first public garden. The park is home to a large bronze
statue of George Washington.
However, the Public Garden's main attraction is the swan boats.
These boats, which have been in service since 1877, and are
synonymous with the city, begin their annual operations in April.
Swan boats are 30 feet long, hold about 20 passengers, and are
generally operated by high school and college students. They were
apparently inspired by Richard Wagner's Lohengrin.
The Franklin Park Zoo, part of Franklin Park from the Emerald
Necklace, is the oldest zoo in the United States. It was founded
in 1913. Animals are out and about all year around but what makes
springtime especially enticing for visitors is the prospect of
seeing cute little baby animals.
The 22-acre Castle Island is open to the public year around but
from Memorial Day through Labor Day the historic Fort
Independence is open for tours. The fort, situated on the island,
played a part in the American Revolution and later served as
Massachusetts' first state prison. Besides the fort there's
also a playground for the kids. For lunch, families can enjoy
foot-long hotdogs from Sullivan's Snack bar. Visiting the island
Springtime is also a great time to take a tour of the city. Old
Town Trolley Tours offers extensive sightseeing expeditions of
Beantown; the unique Boston Duck Tours takes visitors on an
amphibious journey of the city; and Boston By Foot is perfect for
those wishing to see the town and take a walk at the same time.
Springtime is also the prime opportunity to tour Boston Harbor.
Boston Harbor Cruises, located at One Long Wharf, shows tourists
the vast sights of the harbor including the historic U.S.S.
Quincy Market and Harvard Square come alive during the spring
months. These destinations provide prime people watching
opportunities and are brimming with unique and talented street
performers. You'll find more "acts" on the weekend then during
the week. Expect everything from magicians to break dancers.
"The Market" is located downtown near Faneuil Hall while "The
Square" is at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Brattle
Street, and John F. Kennedy Street adjacent to Harvard Yard.
Springtime is also a great time to catch a show. Boston has
several venues hosting the best in music, comedy, and stage
productions such as the Wang Theatre, The Orpheum, The Boston
Opera House (see Wicked in Boston for example), the Shubert
Theatre, and Bank of America Pavilion. A show is so much better
when you know you'll be walking out of the venue into a lovely
Boston springtime evening and not into a cold winter night.
Ryan Hogan is a writer for the CitySmarts series of websites,
a site dedicated to
helping people find fun things to do in Boston in the spring and
every season. http://www.bostonsmarts.com/SpringtimeinBoston.asp
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