Even just for walking, this park is absolutely beautiful. Located in Jamaica Plain and Roslindale, it’s around 150 years old – the oldest public arboretum in North America. A loop around he arboretum is approximately 4.5 miles, but you can also head up the paved main paths into the trees for a more leisurely route.
Charlestown Waterfront Bike Path
If you’re in the mood for a short ride, this is for you. It barely hits a mile but it takes you along the ocean and past some historic Boston sites such as the Charlestown Navy Yard, USS Constitution an the Bunker Hill Monument. If you want to make a date of it, bring a picnic to enjoy at the City Square Park.
This trail is 11 miles from start to finish. You can take the path there and back for more of workout route or you can have someone pick you up at the end of the path. This path happens to be a rough approximation of Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride through Lexington and Arlington.
Southwest Corridor Park
The Southwest Corridor Park is a popular commuter path that runs from Back Bay to Forest Hills. It links the South End, Back Bay, Roxbury and JP and is a leisurely route for a summer day. Keep an eye out for zippy commuters rushing home from work. There are also two spray pools, seven basketball courts, five tennis courts, two street hockey rinks, two amphitheaters and jogging paths along the route.
Stony Brook Reservation
The Stony Brook Reservation is 475 acres of ponds, park trails and scenic landscapes. The Turtle Pond has sunfish and perch so don’t forget your fishing rode! The reservation also includes tennis courts, picnic areas, ice skating the winter, a pool and 12 miles of hiking and bike paths. Located in West Roxbury, it’s worth taking a day to explore the gorgeous grounds.
Biking not your thing? Check out a list of the best beaches under an hour from Boston.