Five Perfect Parks for an Outdoor Picnic

Many of us are savoring these last few weeks of warm weather with outdoor picnics before the Boston winter comes. With many people opting for outdoor gatherings at parks for birthdays and celebrations, here are a few great parks in the city to enjoy.

Olmsted Park, Jamaicaway

Part of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Olmsted Park features trails and woodlands surrounding a pond along with picturesque trees and bridges. It’s a wonderful spot to find a place under a tree for a picnic, and also for a bike ride or run. Fenway’s Time Out Market is a short walk away, so bring take out food to set up for a great al fresco meal.


Medal of Honor ParkSouth Boston

The park includes a fenced-in playground for kids and is surrounded by charming brownstones. The park is very pet-friendly and if you’re lucky, you’re able to catch a baseball game or two. It’s close by many South Boston restaurants and a Stop & Shop for gathering all your outdoor meal needs.


Amory Playground, Brookline

Each time I visit Amory Playground, I’m astounded by it’s size. It’s massive – and features tennis courts and a nature preserve, Hall’s Pond Sanctuary (one of the two natural ponds remaining in Brookline). Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s are quick walks away, making it a great spot to enjoy any meal outdoors.


Dorchester Heights, South Boston

Tucked away on a hill in the middle of the neighborhood, Dorchester Heights is the highest point in South Boston and also showcases a view of of the downtown skyline, making it a great spot for sunset. Grab some treats from American Provisions nearby and set up a blanket on top of the hill for great dog – and sunset – watching.


Hatch Shell (on the Esplanade), Back Bay

In other years, this would be the go-to spot for musical performances. This outdoor concert venue may not be playing any live music anytime soon, but the sprawling grass makes it great for outdoor gatherings. You’ll catch frisbee players and yoga students alike here, taking in the fresh air and views.