May 6, 2020

Looking for things to do in Boston? Despite COVID-19, you can still explore the great outdoors around Hub50House for exercise, quiet spots to work, waterfront picnics and more.

A mild breeze, blue skies, temperatures hovering near 60. If you’re looking for things to do in Boston while social distancing, the outdoors is calling.

Look out your floor-to-ceiling windows at Hub50House to see just how close you are to everything the city has to offer. From the Charles River Esplanade to Boston Common to the Waterfront, options abound to soak in the sunshine, breathe in the fresh air, and potentially get some work done, too.

According to Walk Score, which gives a near-perfect rating to the West End, it really can’t get any better than this. So, grab your mask and your bike, running shoes, rollerblades — however you prefer to get around — and let’s explore the best outdoor spots in and around the neighborhood.

The outside is ‘in’: Here is what to do in Boston

Riverside Zoom calls

Have you been on a lot of Zoom calls lately? How about mixing up the backdrop?

Take the call from a sunny spot on the Charles River Esplanade with stunning water and city views. (Don’t forget to check the city’s health and safety guidelines for parks and recreation.) Curbed maintains the best part of this 17-mile long stretch of land, hugging the banks of the Charles River, includes the West End.

Pick it up at Lederman Park, a short walk from Hub50House, and trace it past the Hatch Memorial Shell, the riverside amphitheater. Once you’re done Zooming, seize the chance to take a break and cruise all the way to Berkeley Street in Back Bay.  A to-go coffee will make the bike ride or walk home even better.

Reading with harbor views

Bring your PPE, sunglasses, and favorite read. We are heading to one of the sunniest spots in the city: the Boston Waterfront. The quick way here takes you past Faneuil Hall. Long Wharf offers plenty of places with 100% chance of sun. We’ll opt for the expansive plaza with harbor views on the seaward end of the wharf.

Too sunny? Seek shade in the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park where the Rose Kennedy Rose Garden is starting to bud.

Running on the walk

This walk was made for running (at least 6 feet apart, of course). The Boston Harborwalk is listed by Great Runs as a — you guessed it —a great place to run in Boston. A particular stretch comes recommended: From North Station in the West End to the New England Aquarium. Back and forth from Hub50House, it measures around 3 miles of meandering paths along the water. If you’re really feeling it, keep going as far as Castle Island.

Out to lunch — at the park

Combine lunch and work at the park. Luckily, the ideal spot is just down Causeway Street — Langone Park has topped Curbed’s list of the best waterfront parks in Boston.

This angling expanse of green is the work of famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. Call ahead and pick up your Roman-style pizzas, paninis, and salads at Ducali Pizza and Bar on the way there. When it comes to things to do in Boston, this is a treat.

FaceTime on the green

Serenity now. You find it at Boston Common, on the other side of Beacon Hill, a brisk 15-minute walk from Hub50House. 

Whether you aim to FaceTime with friends or follow the commands of a 7-minute workout app, America’s oldest park has seen it all (cows, militias, George Washington, you name it). Located within 15 minutes of Hub50House, the green heart of Boston offers real proof spring has arrived. 

We are lucky there are so many great outdoor spots near Hub50House at a time like this. Hang in there. 

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