Outdoor Activities

Great ways to spend the summer months outside!

  • Urban Wilds (200)

    Urban Wilds

    Boston's Urban Wilds offer refuge from hectic city streets and serve as outdoor classrooms for children and adults learning about nature. By expanding the range of landscape experiences beyond that of the dense built environment and manicured Boston parkland, urban wilds form an essential part of the city's open space system.

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  • Troops for Fitness Members (200)

    Troops for Fitness

    As part of the Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness program, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department offers free workshops and classes instructed by U.S. military veterans at parks and community centers citywide. The health and wellness program is made possible by the Coca-Cola Foundation and the National Parks and Recreation Association.

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    Boston Common Frog Pond Carousel

    The Carousel is now open! Summer hours are 11am-6pm, Sunday through Thursday and 11am-8pm, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $3 each and children must be accompanied by an adult.
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    Join Us for Summer Fun with the Parks Department!

    Concerts. movies, watercolor painting workshops, and a wide range of children's activities - there's something for everyone in the Boston Parks and Recreation Department's summer schedule of ParkARTS events, all offered free of charge. Take a look at our participatory and performing arts calendars and join us for fun and entertainment in Boston’s neighborhood parks this summer.

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  • Fort Point Pier (200)

    P&G Gillette Floating Dock Open to Public

    Located along the east edge of Fort Point Channel south of Summer Street, the P&G Gillette Floating Dock is available free of charge for public use for launching canoes, kayaks, and other non-powered craft. The floating dock for launching craft is open every day from dawn to dusk, and the stationary dock is open every day, 24 hours a day. Limited free parking is available to users of the dock on weekday evenings and all day on weekends and holidays in the adjacent ChannelSide Parking lot. 
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    Boating and Sailing

    Located on Boston Harbor, Courageous Sailing offers a variety of sailing programs for all ages. Whether you are a novice interested in lessons, an experienced racer looking for a little competition, or a professional looking to organize your next company outing, Courageous' affordable prices and professional service truly make it the best sailing option in town.

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    Arts on the Arcade

    Arts on the Arcade provides summer entertainment at Samuel Adams Park, Fridays, July 11 - August 29 from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Each week there will be talented visual and craft artists exhibiting and selling their work, as well as special musical performances.

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  • Castle Island (200)

    Explore Castle Island

    Walk (or rollerblade) along Castle Island in South Boston to enjoy the sea breeze and the beautiful view of Boston Harbor. Bring your own picnic or stop for ice cream along the way.

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  • Bird (200)

    Check Out the Birds of Boston

    Our partners at the Friends of Jamaica Pond have created several guides documenting the wide variety of birds that can be seen in our city. Download their master checklist and see who you can find in parks throughout Boston!

    Emerald Necklace Bird Club »

  • Fishing (200)

    MassWildlife: Angler Education Program

    Learn to fish from the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife's Angler Education Program (AEP). The program has several components designed to foster public appreciation and understanding of aquatic resources through fishing.

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Calendar »

  • See a listing of upcoming events at Boston's Parks.

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ParkARTS Summer Guides