Boston on the Go - a Bostonian guide to keeping yourself busy and in the know. Ideas on things to do, places to shop & dine, and what to talk about when you're out and about in the Boston area.

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Take a Hike!

Did you know that right outside your little city here there is so much to do and see? Well, there is. You don't have to go far to feel like you are in the middle of nowhere.

Here are some places to go check out.

The obvious: Minuteman Bike Trail. There is actually a lot of cute shops in Lexington Center folks. Not a bad bike ride at all. Also on this list is the Charles River Walk/Bike ways. It's 17 miles! That's like, a half marathon!

Southie sometimes gets a bad rap. That's obviously cause they haven't spent a date on Castle Island. Click here for the main site. But this park area is great for the historic geek and the family looking for a playground.

Cambridge's underutilized resource is Danhey Park, up in the Alewife/Fresh Pond area and accessible by T or by the Minuteman Trail. PS, it used to be a dump. Cambridge knows how to reuse and recycle. :) And if you really want to walk around the area, head over to Fresh Pond Reservoir.

The Middlesex Fells is 2500 acres of outdoor goodness. Whether you like to bike or hike, there is something for everyone, and it's a quick drive away. On Sunday, August 31, from 10:00am-1:00pm, DCR is hosting a hike, too. :)

Walden Pond is a great little area to stop by whether you want a little beach experience or just a quick hike. Out in Concord, you can go explore more by hitting up the historical areas too.

Lastly, I CANNOT get enough of the Boston Harbor Islands. Boston on the Go heard about a new book, called Discovering the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City's Hidden Shores By Christopher Klein. The guide is 224 page, has over 150-full color photos and historical images, a foreword by Mayor Menino, maps, and a resource section listing recreational activities on and around the islands. Like, did you know there is options such as scuba sailing lessons, kayak rentals and summer programs for kids all around the islands? Well, you will! The book is $17.95 , and you can learn and order it through or For the author's blog, click here.