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2017 BEST Neighborhood Diversion, Jamaica Plain

Southwest Corridor Park

Jamaica Plain

Looking for a place to stretch your legs? At this 4.7-mile, 52-acre linear park, you’ll find dedicated bicycling and jogging paths for the hardy, basketball and tennis courts for the sporty, and jungle gyms and skate parks for the kiddies. read more»

2017 BEST Neighborhood Diversion, Fields Corner

Ronan Park


So maybe Fields Corner is named for colonist Zechariah Field and not for its green spaces. Still, we’d like to point out that the neighborhood has some mighty fine fields. Our favorite, Ronan Park, hosts an annual kite festival. read more»

2017 BEST Neighborhood Diversion, Allston

Paradise Rock Club


Stoner dads and undergrads alike loiter outside these vaunted doors, thanks to the ’Dise’s reliably eclectic roster. The sense of égalité only continues once inside: Don’t be surprised if you spot the opening act dancing in the crowd behind you. read more»

2017 BEST Neighborhood Diversion, Harvard Square



Only in the People’s Republic will you find a venue where a donkey show—or rather, The Donkey Show—is a weekly staple. But this is no one-trick donkey, er, pony, tapping the local arts scene to pack its calendar with events. read more»

2017 BEST Neighborhood Diversion, Inman Square

Inman Oasis


This oasis is no mirage—yes, even in the depths of winter, you really can float about in warm, crystalline waters without leaving town. After an hourlong private soak in the Japanese-style wooden tub, you’ll see why this hydrospa has become… read more»

2017 BEST Neighborhood Diversion, Fenway/Kenmore

House of Blues


A rare space that achieves both arena-grade grandeur and club-show intimacy, our House of Blues is big enough to snag headliners like Lana Del Rey, yet sufficiently cozy to feel like a private party for you—and some 1,800 of your… read more»

2017 BEST Neighborhood Diversion, Roxbury

Dudley Café


Breathing new life into the grand old former Ferdinand building, this welcoming space is Roxbury’s new go-to spot for not only Fazenda coffee and Chef Daryl’s bean pies, but also poetry slams, workshops, and art openings. read more»

2017 BEST Neighborhood Diversion, Coolidge Corner

Coolidge Corner Theatre


This indie cinema manages to strike the delicate balance between new hits and cult classics. Its After Midnite series is a particular delight, recently screening Die Hard on a 35mm print. read more»

2017 BEST Neighborhood Diversion, Kendall Square

Charles River Canoe and Kayak


Just past the bustle of Kendall, a watery adventure awaits. Rent kayaks and canoes by the hour or day, or take a guided tour at sunset. Rolling with a crew? Take a spin on an XL paddleboard, which can fit… read more»

2017 BEST Neighborhood Diversion, Downtown Crossing

Barry’s Bootcamp


True Yankees maintain a healthy skepticism of anything dreamt up in La-La Land, but this Hollywood-spawned fitness empire has won us over. Claim your spot early, then reward yourself with a smoothie from the Fuel Bar. read more»