Work in Boston? Make the Most of Your Summer

We know the focus of many companies (and subsequently landlords) has been to create live-work-play environments for their employees with numerous amenities onsite. But let’s face it: when the work is done, sometimes we just want to get out of the office and into the fresh air.

The great news is that when the weather is nice, Boston comes alive. No matter where you work in the city, there’s an outdoor space nearby to socialize, get active, or simply relax. Here are some of the best places to kick back outside the office, broken out by downtown submarket:

Back Bay

Sail on the Charles River: Community Boating has been giving Bostonians access to the beautiful Charles River since 1946. If you work in Copley Square or the Back Bay, Community Boating is just a few blocks away, meaning you can change out of your wingtips and into your Sperries and be on the water within minutes of leaving the office.

Catch a concert at the Hatch Shell: You know the Hatch Shell as the site of the annual Boston Pops Fireworks Extravaganza on July 4. But did you know that each Wednesday during the summer you can catch top-tier classical music at the Hatch Shell – for free? Pack a folding chair or a blanket, grab dinner and a few coworkers, and snag a spot on the lawn for a relaxing musical experience. View Calendar

Financial District

Check out some art: The Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston’s ribbon of green connecting Chinatown to the North End, is beautiful in the summertime. Besides walking the paths through the Greenway’s diverse sections, art lovers will appreciate the efforts to place beautiful and provocative public art throughout. This summer, check out GLOW – an installation of iconic neon signs from around Massachusetts, lit up along the Greenway.

Enjoy live music: Each weekday evening during the summer, the Boston Harbor Hotel opens its harborside patio for free concerts and movies. Beginning at 6 p.m., enjoy pop-soul music on Tuesdays; Rat Pack tunes on Wednesdays; and blues on Thursdays – all the bands performing from a floating barge. On Fridays when the sun goes down, grab a drink or a snack and curl up for a family movie like “When Harry Met Sally,” “The Lion King,” and “Dr. No.” View Calendar

Sip a beer or a cider: It’s never a bad time for an al fresco drink after work. The uber popular Trillium Beer Garden returns to the section of Greenway near the Boston Harbor Hotel, where you can unwind with friends and coworkers over hazy IPAs (made in Boston) and the dusk breeze. If the lines at Trillium are too long, head down to Dewey Square to the Downeast Back Porch, a pop-up cider garden featuring hard cider company Downeast – made in East Boston.

Seaport District

Relax on Lawn on D: If you work in the Seaport, you know there’s almost always something to do after work at Lawn on D. The eclectic outdoor space adjacent to the convention center has surprised and pleased visitors for several years now, and it’s back this Summer with a full lineup of public events that are sure to help you unwind and connect. View Calendar

Go for a hot dog at Sully’s: Head out to Castle Island and grab an after-work frank at the iconic Sully’s. Get there before 6 p.m. (that’s when they close) and snag a spot on the harbor to watch the sailboats passing by and the airplanes passing over.

Throw a party at the Epicenter: Located just South of the Seaport in South Boston proper, the Artists for Humanity Epicenter is an “industrial chic” indoor-outdoor event space for rent. The best part is you can party hearty while knowing you’re benefitting Artists for Humanity, a nonprofit helping Boston’s youth tap into their creativity and find jobs throughout the city.

North End

Play croquet: On Wednesdays in June, July, and August, come to Christopher Columbus Park between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. to play croquet on the lawn. Don’t know how? Jack McCarthy, a volunteer from the neighborhood, will teach you how. If you’re not into croquet, you can always grab a bite and eat it picnic style on the lawn, enjoying the many street performers who utilize the space. View Calendar


Go to the park: Boston is known for its ample green space, so no matter where you work, you’re never too far from a park.

Grab a drink: You’re also never too far from a patio or roofdeck in Boston. With more than 170 to choose from, options abound for those after-work sips and apps.

OK, that’s my list. Where’s your favorite place to unwind outside after work?

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