Best of Boston

Best Neighborhood Diversion, FortPoint/Waterfront

2016 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Central Square

City Hall Front Lawn

Cambridge
Only in the People’s Republic would the front lawn of City Hall be a fine place for some rest and relaxation. Leave your everyday worries [...] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Washington Square

Cafe Fixe

Brookline
The square’s best brews, pour-overs, and espresso are served in a café designed for quality R & R: There’s no WiFi, so unplug and unwind with some [...] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Fenway/Kenmore

Ramler Park

Boston
There’s more than one park in Fenway. Tucked away at the end of Peterborough Street is this diligently manicured slice of urban paradise, where lush [...] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Davis Square

Davis Square Plaza

There’s no better place to hang out when the sun’s out, so grab a cone at J.P. Licks, find a comfy bench, and enjoy some [...] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Diversion, South End

Render

Boston
Unassuming baristas, mellow background tunes, and some of the best vanilla lattes in town make this casual locale a prime destination for lazy weekend afternoons [...] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Diversion, East Boston

East Boston Public Library

Boston
For a mental vacation, take the Blue Line to the Airport stop and head to the library. Once inside the newly renovated building, settle into [...] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Jamaica Plain

Arnold Arboretum

Boston
Hike one of the paths, trails, or terraces leading to the top of Bussey Hill. The 198-foot perch at the center of Harvard’s woodland research [...] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Brighton

Cafénation

Boston
Finding a seat on the weekend can be nearly impossible, and given the offerings—fluffy made-to-order omelets, creamy iced lattes, melt-in-your-mouth sweet crêpes—it’s easy to see [...] read more»
2016 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Roslindale

Solera

Boston
Who says the best things in life aren’t free? Situated on a charming brick patio, Solera offers complimentary wine tastings every Saturday evening from 5 [...] read more»
2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Allston

Brighton Music Hall

Boston
At this centrally located venue, concerts span a variety of genres and give prime billing to only-in-Allston faves like Will Dailey, Shea Rose, and Bearstronaut. read more»
2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Charlestown

The Spaulding Rehab Center Playground’s Thomas M. Menino Park

Boston
This universally accessible waterfront playground has more than 60 pieces of equipment, including a carousel with room for wheelchairs. read more»
2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, East Boston

Pier’s Park Sailing Center

Boston
Don't bother stopping at Pier's Park for breathtaking views of Boston Harbor—instead sign up for the two-hour intro to sailing course and hop aboard to [...] read more»
2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Hyde Park

Ron’s Gourmet Ice Cream and 20th Century Bowling Lanes

Boston
There aren't many places like Ron's left in this world. The 10-lane candlepin bowling alley has barely changed since it opened more than 50 years [...] read more»
2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Jamaica Plain

Boating on Jamaica Pond

Boston
Enjoy an impromptu day in the country without actually leaving the city on Jamaica Pond, where, for just $15 per hour, you can take in [...] read more»