This colonial city doesn't get too sweaty until July, so, for natives, June is one of the best months to pack a recreational itinerary full of fresh air-relishing, warm breeze-abundant ways to get out and enjoy the activities that Boston affords. Here is a few favorite things we like to do. Check 'em out, and discover your own.
Breakfast on the Harbor
The waterfront is beautiful any time of day or night, but we favor it first thing in the morning as the harbor awakens. Enjoy the view with coffee and a picnic breakfast on a bench along Boston’s Harborwalk. In Fort Point, try cafe-grocer Bee’s Knees Supply Company or Joanne Chang’s decadent Flour Bakery and Cafe. In the Financial District, Miel also offers items to go, or you can dine more formally on its Provence-inspired patio.
See the Animals
Spend a day at Franklin Park Zoo admiring a variety of animals that descend from across the globe. Our pick for most unique experience: The Giraffe Encounter. Head over to the grassy savanna where Masai giraffe roam amid Grevy’s zebra and try feeding one— this special opportunity is available three times daily.
1 Franklin Park Road, 617.541.5466
Get Schooled on Art
Who knew that the campus of the world’s top science and technology university is also a gallery for more than 90 stunning works of public art by master artists and architects? You do, now. Devote an hour or two to walking around MIT and appreciate incredible works by Jaume Plensa (pictured), Alexander Calder, Frank Stella, James Sanborn and Pablo Picasso.
Kendall Square, Cambridge
Pound the Pavement
In "America's walking city" you must walk! We've got loads of walking tours of all varities; find one that piques your interest, here. A recent standout is Brooke Barbier's Ye Olde Tavern Tours, which occupies an afternoon with offbeat facts about the pre-Revolutionary era and pints of local craft beer. Along the way, stop by 10 historical landmarks and three fabeled taverns, where pints of John Durgin Ale fuel conversation that covers public whippings, cross-dressing soldiers and Samuel Adams personal hygiene.
Tu-Su at 2 pm. 617.371.7305
Schedule a visit to the Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area at the Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion. Many of the 34 islands are open to the public and easily accessible via ferry, including Spectacle, Peddocks, Lovells, Grape and Bumpkin, but our choice is Georges Island for its Civil War-era Fort Warren (rumored to be haunted) and the exciting explorations one can stumble upon. There are also loads of activities, from alfresco theater to vintage baseball games.
Have a Drink on a Patio
We suggest The Hawthorne in Kenmore Square. Look hard to find the entrance to this cool bar run by Jackson Cannon, but once you're in, bar manager Katie Emmerson's of-the-moment handcrafted cocktails—like the Sherry Cobbler, a mash of fresh berries and Lustau East India Sherry—are refreshing reward relished on the secluded, open-air patio.
500A Commonwealth Ave., 617.532.9150