Dorchester is Boston’s largest neighborhood so there are plenty of ways to get outside now that the weather is getting warmer. We’ve rounded up our favorite places and activities to get you outside after this long, long winter!
Grab a friend and your dog and head to Dorchester Brewing Company. They have an outside deck perfect for sipping on some brews and hanging out with your friends. Keep an eye on their website and social media for updates on the food trucks that frequently stop by.
Beer not your thing? Then head over to the Boston Winery. Their patio will have you dreaming of Napa hills in no time. Drop by Thursday through Saturday for a tasting and a bite to eat.
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Steel and Rye & Lucy’s American Tavern
We can’t wait for patio season and generally are fans of anywhere that involves eating and drinking while enjoying some beautiful Spring weather. Steel and Rye (Milton) and Lucy’s are both great options. Their patios are spacious so there’s sure to be room for everyone! Be sure to check out their social media platforms for official patio opening statuses!
Savin Hill Beach
Also affectionately known as Malibu beach is a prime location for some fresh air and sunshine. You’ll find multiple ball fields, a playground, bathhouses and a picturesque boardwalk just minutes from the city. This location is a popular dog walking location and has a large parking lot.
Columbia Point is a personal favorite when I’m craving some salty ocean air. Columbia Point is located on the JFK UMASS campus. It connects with the Boston Harborwalk providing you with miles and miles of fresh air and ocean views. Columbia Point was the landing place for Puritan settlers in the early 1600s – fun fact!
We might be getting a head of ourselves. It might not be quite warm enough for a beach day but, Tenean Beach is more than just a beach. There are tennis courts, a playground, and basketball courts! Plenty of options to get you outside!
Franklin Park Zoo
I’ll admit. I always forget that Franklin Park Zoo is actually in Dorchester! Just a testament to how large and diverse our neighborhood actually is. Franklin Park itself encompasses 72 acres! And is home to kangaroos, giraffes, zebras and more! The Zoo is definitely one of the more popular destinations for families interested in spending some time outdoors.
Another surprisingly large outdoor space is Dorchester Park. This park includes swings and scenic pathways. Providing a quiet escape for the residents of Dorchester. The park is also designated an Historic Landmark – it was first established in 1891!
The Neponset River Greenway
This trails runs 5 + miles from Dorchester into Milton. The trail connects a series of parks and provides an exciting opportunity to appreciate the outdoors in an otherwise urban area. This trail is perfect for walking, biking, running and rollerblading!
Image of Neponset River Greenway via Caught in Dot Instagram