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2018 Best Neighborhood Diversion, South Boston

Castle Island

Boston
There’s only one sign of spring that matters: opening day at Sullivan’s. Once Castle Island’s venerable concession stand starts slinging fried clams, we know it’ll [...] read more»
2018 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Central Square

Central Square Theater

Cambridge
This intimate stage happens to be the only U.S. theater to enjoy a long-term collab with a research institution (MIT), hence such science-centric plays as [...] read more»
2018 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Charlestown

Charlestown Navy Yard

Charlestown
Historical sites can start to feel humdrum when you live in one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods. Rekindle the romance by exploring this marina and its [...] read more»
2018 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Fenway

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Boston
There’s always something new to discover at this Venetian palazzo in the Fens, whether it’s the nasturtiums blooming in the courtyard or the Rembrandt hanging [...] read more»
2018 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Seaport

ShowPlace Icon Theatre

Boston
There’s no better way to watch the latest summer blockbuster than from the extreme comfort of a vibrating, reclining seat at this cinema, which luxes [...] read more»
2018 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Brookline Village

Village Vinyl & Hi-Fi

Brookline Village
Crate-diggers, rejoice: What started as longtime record collector Jonathan Sandler’s passion project has yielded Brookline’s best trove of wax, launched this past October as a [...] read more»
2018 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Dorchester

Lower Neponset River Trail

Dorchester
Embrace nature without leaving the city: With water-level views of the Neponset River and its salt marshes, this 5-mile nature walk from Dorchester to Milton [...] read more»
2018 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Union Square

Loyal Supply Co.

Somerville
Even in a sea of emailed wedding invites and digital birthday wishes, nothing beats the power of pen and paper. Especially when said stationery comes [...] read more»
2018 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Roslindale

Roslindale Farmers’ Market

Roslindale
This weekly farmers’ market doesn’t just peddle organic fruits and veggies—it fosters community, thanks to live music performances and activities for the kiddos. Fuel your [...] read more»
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 [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Fields Corner

Ronan Park

Dorchester
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 [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Allston

Paradise Rock Club

Boston
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: [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Harvard Square

Oberon

Cambridge
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 [...] read more»
2017 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Inman Square

Inman Oasis

Cambridge
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 [...] read more»