Boston’s best spots for beating the summer heat
Rose Kennedy Greenway (North End to Chinatown, rosekennedygreenway.org): A welcome replacement for the old, elevated Central Artery when it debuted in 2008, this linear park system contains several cooling fountains, including the popular Rings Fountain, which shoots water several stories in the air.
Boston Common Frog Pond (617-635-2120, bostonfrogpond.com): A winter staple known for its ice rink, this urban oasis located in the middle of America’s oldest public park converts to a wading pool and spray fountain in the hotter months.
Christian Science Plaza (210 Massachusetts Ave., 617-450-2000, christianscience.com): Located near the intersection of Huntington Avenue and Belvidere Street, the refreshing spray fountain on the I.M. Pei-designed plaza at the extensive Christian Science campus in the Fenway is a summer favorite for children.
Christopher Columbus Park (North End along Atlantic Ave., foccp.org): Not only can you enjoy the great Boston Harbor view and an invigorating sea breeze at this waterfront green space, you can jump through the sprinkler fountain for a quick cool-down.
Boston harbor islands: Leave the city behind and get out on the water by hopping a ferry out of Long Wharf directly to Georges and Spectacle islands. From there, visitors can access many of the attractions on the islands and peninsulas that make up this treasured park system, including the sandy beaches at Spectacle and Lovells islands.
Above Photo: Courtesy of Boston Harbor Islands