Few cities pulsate with energy and excitement the way Boston does come springtime. After months of intensely cold winter, a little sunshine and warmer weather are all it takes for the entire city to burst into life.
Though Boston is a truly remarkable city year-round, if you have to choose one season to visit, spring might just be the best choice! Swan boats, fascinating historical walking tours, Red Sox first pitch, the blooming Back Bay, and much more await locals and visitors alike this spring.
Nowhere Beats Boston in the Spring, Here’s Exactly Why
Craving to know more? We’ve lined up some of our favorite reasons why we’re positive you’ll love Boston in the spring:
The World’s Most Famous Marathon
Ask any Bostonian and they’ll likely tell you a Boston spring begins at the start of the Boston Marathon. Also known as the Patriot’s Day Race, the Boston Marathon is happening Monday, April 17th and will draw hundreds of thousands of spectators to watch the 36,000 participants run the challenging course. During the marathon Boston is positively buzzing with energy, it’s an incredible experience to be present for.
Insider Advice – If you want to visit during the Boston Marathon, do not hesitate to book accommodations, some people reserve up to six months in advance.
Red Sox Frenzy
The Red Sox and Boston go together like salt and pepper. You can’t expect to truly understand Boston culture until you’ve attended a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are the heart of Boston, and if anyone dares says otherwise… well, best not to. If it just so happens you’ll be visiting on Marathon Day, you can really hit a Boston home run and attend the traditional home game that takes place as the runners are finishing up the Marathon on Boylston Street. To see which games you might be able to attend, visit here.
Boston Duck Tours
The iconic Boston Duck Tours are an absolute must-do, and once the weather warms in springtime, the time is ripe! Hop on board one of the W.W.II-style amphibious landing vehicles and prepare to be greeted by your personal ConDUCKtor. After boarding, the ConDUCKtor will narrate the tour as you cruise past many of the sights that are so important to Boston and its history.
- Golden-Domed State House
- Bunker Hill
- TD Banknorth Garden
- Boston Common
- Copley square
- Newbury Street
- Quincy Market
- Prudential Tower
Your tour will culminate with a big splash in the Charles River where you’ll be treated to breathtaking views of the Boston and Cambridge skylines.
Dazzling Back Bay Flower Displays
April showers bring May flowers! These words ring true across Boston throughout April, May, and June. Gorgeous blooming flowers can be seen in all parts of the city, but Boston’s Back Bay is truly spectacular. The pinnacle of the blooming season are the magnificent Magnolia trees which line many of the Back Bay’s streets, namely Commonwealth Avenue, Marlborough Street, and Beacon Street. The Magnolias bloom in April, and sometimes can still be enjoyed in early May. Once May arrives, though, the rhododendrons, peonies, and early roses steal the show in the Back Bay.
Patio Season Kicks Off
If there’s one feeling a Bostonian never tires of, it’s the satisfaction and enjoyment of dining outside, on the patio of one of Boston’s many fantastic restaurants or cafes. It may not sound like a big deal to be able to dine out on the patio, but Bostonians love the outdoors and after months of indoor everything, the outdoor dining scene explodes in springtime. You’ll hear lively chatter, belly laughs, and the sounds of happiness. A few restaurants with outdoor seating we recommend are:
- Bistro du Midi – Boylston Street in the Back Bay
- Cafeteria – Newbury Street in the Back Bay
- Committee – Seaport
- Coppa – Southend
- Coppersmith – South Boston
- Deuxave – Commonwealth Ave. in the Back Bay
- Eastern Standard – Kensington Square
- The Hawthorne – Kenmore Square
- Select Oyster Bar – Gloucester Street in the Back Bay
River Strolling Bliss
The Charles River remains in the same spot year round, but just as the parks and restaurants liven in the spring, so does the riverfront! The three-mile path alongside the river is known as the Esplanade and is the perfect place to go for a stroll. We recommend beginning near the Museum of Science.
May Event Mania
The combination of longer days, warmer weather, and uplifted spirits might just be the cause of May’s event mania! No other month in the year features quite as much to do and see in Boston as May does. If you are planning on visiting in May or looking for the ideal month to visit, here are some exciting, fascinating, and unique events to look forward to this May:
- Street Performers Audition at Faneuil Marketplace on Sunday, May 7th
- Harpoon Fest – A two-day beer festival May 19th and 20th on the waterfront
- Boston Calling – Three-day music festival happening Memorial Day Weekend
- Harbor and River Cruises happening every day on the Charles River
- Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Special Tour on Thursday, May 18th
- Boston Theater Marathon XIX on Sunday, May 14th
Joyful is the best word to describe Boston in the spring. The cold cloud of winter is lifted and the lighthearted warmth and happiness of spring sets in. Everywhere you visit you’ll be greeted with a happy ambiance. It’s like taking a sip of cool lemonade on a hot day – utterly refreshing. We love our city year round, but nothing beats Boston in the spring and we hope you get the chance to experience it for yourselves!
For further enjoyment of your spring Boston trip, choose accommodations that are central to all the action. Boston’s Bay Bay is teeming with flowers, outdoor patios, and events all spring long, and you can stay in the middle of it all at the elegant Copley Square Hotel.