Best of Boston

Best Neighborhood Diversion, Allston

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»
2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Kendall Square

Charles River Canoe & Kayak at Kendall Square

Cambridge
Ditch the Google Glass and don a life jacket: In nice weather, there's no better way to spend your lunch hour than paddleboarding ($18) or [...] read more»
2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Roxbury

The Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists

Boston
Housed in an 1872 mansion, the NCAAA is one of the region's largest depositories of art from the African diaspora. The biggest draw is the [...] read more»
2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, South Boston

Thomas Park

Boston
Sure, you could catch a gorgeous sunset on the Esplanade, but the best view in town is from atop Thomas Park. Nine months of the [...] read more»
2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, South End

Mills Gallery

Boston
Open until 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, the Mills Gallery is the perfect excuse to extend a cocktail-hour date, and a great way to check [...] read more»
2015 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Union Square

Prospect Hill Park

Somerville
George Washington raised the Grand Union Flag here in 1776. Now marked by a castle monument, the city still raises the flag here every New [...] read more»
2014 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Dorchester

Strand Theatre

Dorchester
It took years to restore this former vaudeville palace, but it’s now a beautiful venue to take in a gospel concert. read more»
2014 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Fenway/Kenmore

Blazing Paddles

Fenway/Kenmore
Batting at Fenway may not be an option, but you can swing steps away, in Game On’s new Ping-Pong basement bar. read more»
2014 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Fort Point/Waterfront

The Institute of Contemporary Art

Fort Point/Waterfront
The ICA’s been around for nearly 80 years, but its exhibits and classes are still cutting-edge. read more»
2014 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Jamaica Plain

Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts

Jamaica Plain
Known for its upholstery class, the school also offers lessons on underappreciated skills like carving longbows. read more»
2014 Best Neighborhood Diversion, Kendall Square

Belly Wine Bar’s " Arm + A Leg" Dinner

Kendall Square
The large-format meaty feasts here are an excursion unto themselves. read more»