Harvard’s impressive tree sanctuary is a unique spot for nature walks, picnics, and plenty more outdoor activities. Wait until fall hits to experience New England’s famous foliage -- you won’t want to be anywhere else.
Enjoy Union Square’s former storage building turned Bow Market
Tucked away in Union Square, Bow Market has it all: art, comedy, wine, beer, perogies, and roast beef sandwiches. There’s even a Saus in case you’re in need of a fries fix while exploring the courtyard. The former storage building has been renovated to house more than 30 shops, featuring a walkable, outdoor space to spend during a sunny afternoon.
Mary Lennox would be proud. Atop a multi-story parking garage in Cambridge’s Kendall Square sits a clandestine garden made up of tulips, trees, and rose bushes galore. Though not as undiscovered as it was a few years back -- there’s actual signage now, and a ping-pong table, too -- the garden remains the perfect spot for a restorative midday lunch.
Slurp one-buck shucks
Are they aphrodisiacs? Jury is still out. But the placebo effect has to be worth something, especially when so many spots around town offer $1 bivalves, including La Brasa, Waypoint, The Red House (50 cents an oyster!), Boston Public Market, Marliave, Strega Waterfront, and seriously the list goes on and on. By the way, if you're craving something a little different: Island Creek Oyster Bar has one of the best brunches in Boston.
This historical, cash-only, East Boston pie joint slings the best pizza in all of Boston (runner-up: Regina Pizzeria). It ain’t fancy, but a large sausage pizza and a pitcher of Bud, and you’re in gustatory Nirvana.