Best Picnic Spot in Boston


Singing Beach


This half-mile stretch cuts a sandy swath into the rocky terrain of Cape Ann’s coastline, giving picnickers plenty of sheltered space to spread out and dig in. Nearby, the Kitchen…Read More

2006 Best Picnic Spot, South

World’s End


Before Hingham’s 251-acre World’s End peninsula became a stunning spot for picnickers, it was the proposed location for both the United Nations headquarters and a nuclear power plant. Luckily, those…Read More

2003 Best Picnic Spot

The Public Garden

From its inauspicious beginnings as a swampy hinterland more than 150 years ago, this colorful green space at the heart of the city emerged as the country’s pioneering public botanical…Read More

2002 Best Picnic Spot

Water Garden, Larz Anderson Park


Visiting this idyllic, sheltered enclave is something like stepping into a Georges Seurat painting. It wouldn’t be surprising to see ladies with parasols strolling around the pond, seeking shade under…Read More

2001 Best Picnic Spot

Castle Island

South Boston

What more could you want in a picnic spot? There’s grass for the kids and animals, picnic tables, water surrounding you on all sides and a 2.1-mile exercise loop to…Read More

2000 Best Picnic Spot

Lawn at the Museum of Transportation


A little outdoor lunch in order? Your best bet is the secluded hilltop field next to the Museum of Transportation. This public plot has all the grass and trees to…Read More

1981 Best Picnic Spot

Season to Taste


Don Balcom and his wife, Ginna, are relative newcomers to the competitive world of gourmet-picnic-making. But their picnic baskets are as good as any we’ve sampled…Read More

1980 Best Picnic Spot



A bit expensive ($10 minimum) but worth it. Two former associated of Rebecca Caras will pack a meal of gingered duck with pear or galantine of chicken with pistachios and…Read More

1979 Best Picnic Spot

Jane Maxwell’s Room Service

She’ll deliver the spread to your door, and it’s delicious. Twenty-four dollars buys quiche, Perrier, French bread, sweet butter, broccoli and eggplant in a shallot vinaigrette, and pears with crème…Read More

1975 Best Picnic Spot

World’s End


Though “No Picnicking” signs are posted, the discreet picnicker should have no problem enjoying this scenic spot…Read More

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