Top 10 Active Things To Do In Boston This Weekend

The weather is perfect outside. Now what? Grab a friend (or two!) and get active this weekend around town! 


Are you interested in exploring the Freedom Trail but don't want to spend all day walking it? Freedom Trail Run will show you 16 of Boston's most famous sites in two hours while you get a light workout! Runs are offered every Fri @ 2:30p, Sat @ 8:30a & Sun @ 8:30a. More info:

2. Do the tango on the rose kennedy greenway

When the rhythm hits the beat and there's music at your feet... get to dancing at Tango in the Park! Not only can you enjoy one of the city's most incredible green spaces, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, but you'll dance the night away! Not a dancer? Don't worry! They offer free introductory lessons. [Rose Kennedy Greenway, High Street & Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA, 02110; Saturdays 6:30-9:30pm]

3. CLIMB the bunker hill monument

The Bunker Hill Monument has a popular staircase with 294 steps that leads to an observatory with a unique view of downtown Boston. [Monument Sq, Charlestown, MA 02129, open 9:00a - 4:30p when conditions permit, get your free climbing ticket across the street at the museum].

4. paddle on the Charles river

Charles River Canoe & Kayak has a great selection of canoes, kayaks & stand-up paddleboards available for rent by the day or hour. Get a great upper body workout while you check out the Charles River Basin! [15 Broad Canal Way, Cambridge, MA 02142, (617) 965-5110]

5. join a Brewery fun run

Running + beer = a match made in heaven! Get in some miles then enjoy your favorite brew post-run at Slumbrew American Fresh Brewhouse Beer Garden, in Somerville, MA [Monthly Sundays at 11am, Free water. Snacks & beer available for purchase; 1301 Canal St, Somerville, MA 02145].

6. go for a hike

Head for the hills and spend a day at DCR Middlesex Fells, also known as The Fells. Enjoy a mid-day hike or an afternoon on the pond in Stoneham, MA. It's easily accessible via the T [Orange line to Oak Grove] & dog friendly! [DCR Middlesex Fells, 4 Woodland Rd, Stoneham, MA 02180, Free to the public]

7. Go INDOOR rock climbing

If you're looking for a great full-body workout, check out one of Boston's indoor climbing facilities. We recommend Brooklyn Boulder or MetroRock. [Brooklyn Boulder, 12A Tyler St, Somerville, MA 02143, Day pass = $29; MetroRock Climbing Center, 69 Norman St #9, Everett, MA 02149, Day pass = $22].

8. Go for a bike ride

With new bike lanes and a convenient bike sharing system throughout the city, there's never been a better time to ride a bike in Boston. If you need a bike, checkout Hubway (which has basic bikes located throughout the city) or visit Urban Adventours in the North End for cool specialty bikes. We recommend exploring the Paul Dudley White Bike Path (a 24 mile loop around the Charles River Basin) or the Minuteman Commuter Bike Way (a 10 mile rail trail from Cambridge to Bedford and a great way to visit the historical sites in Lexington & Concord). [Hubway, various locations, 24hr pass = $6, Urban AdvenTours, 103 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110, 24hr fat tire rental = $75]

9. Play Tennis

Boston has an abundance of tennis courts that are free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis. We recommend the Boston Common tennis courts because you can reserve a court in advance via PlayLocal. For a more collegiate experience, check out the MIT DuPont Courts which are free and can be reserved 3 days in advance. [Boston Common Tennis Courts, Boston Common, near corner of Charles & Boylston [map], MIT DuPont Courts, 133 Amherst Alley, Cambridge, MA 02139 [map], Between June 1-Aug 31: Call 617-253-9485 to reserve outdoor courts up to one week in advance].

10. go swimming

Whether you're looking for an intense lap swim workout or a lazy day at the beach, the Boston area has some great swimming options. We recommend the Mirabella Pool (which is a super clean city-owned outdoor pool located on the North End waterfront) or Singing Beach (a pristine beach north of Boston that's accessible by commuter rail and well worth the trip). [Mirabella Pool [map], 475 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02109, guest pass = $3. Singing Beach [map], 119 Beach St, Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA 01944, take the Rockport commuter rail from North Station then walk to beach, $5/pp walk-on fee (cash/check only)]

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