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BEST Picnic Spot

2006 BEST Picnic Spot, South
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World’s End

Hingham

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 ideas failed. Today, the reservation property boasts wide fields, native… read more »

2006 BEST Picnic Spot, North
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Singing Beach

Manchester-by-the-Sea

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 Witch makes packing the basket effortless with gourmet sandwiches, pints… 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 garden, the place where tulips were first displayed in America…. read more »

2002 BEST Picnic Spot

Water Garden, Larz Anderson Park

Brookline

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 the willows, or daydreaming on the footbridge. With such out-and-out… 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 work off your lunch. Want to picnic without packing? Swing… read more »

2000 BEST Picnic Spot

Lawn at the Museum of Transportation

Brookline

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 spread out on, but lacks the crowds that the Esplanade… read more »

1981 BEST Picnic Spot

Season to Taste

Cambridge

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

Piquenique

Boston

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 herbal dressing, for example. 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 chantilly. She will also prepare more elaborate dishes (cold poached… read more »

1975 BEST Picnic Spot

World’s End

Hingham

Though “No Picnicking” signs are posted, the discreet picnicker should have no problem enjoying this scenic spot. read more »