Best of Boston

Best Picnic Spot

2006 Best Picnic Spot, North

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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] read more»
1974 Best Picnic Spot

Old Granary Burial Grounds

A good downtown location with antique tombstones suitable for rubbing or leaning. read more»