Best of Boston

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 the willows, or daydreaming on the footbridge. With such out-and-out tranquility just minutes from the crowds of the city, Larz Anderson Park is an ideal spot to relax, stretch out on the grass, and spread out a feast. There are even grills and tables. At the end of the day, when the sunset reflects off the water and slides through the trees, you’ll feel as though you’ve entered an entirely different era.

Newton St., Brookline,