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Boston's great weather: Where to enjoy it right now downtown

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Editor’s note: This map was updated from one that originally ran in September 2014.

Such postcard-perfect weather! Where to take it all in amid the hustle and bustle of a workday?

We've curated 11 spots that are within or very near Boston's various commercial hubs, including the Financial District, Government Center, and Copley.

If we're missing any particularly easy workday getaways, do let us know in the comments section.

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Charles River Esplanade

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The river-hugging park offers fabulous views and plenty of bench seating. Hop over the bridges to Cambridge for more of the same.

Back Bay Fens

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The Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park sits at the nexus of several neighborhoods and commercial hubs, including Northeastern University, the Isabella Stuart Gardner, and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Copley Square

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The bustling plaza sits near the main hub of the Boston Public Library and amid one of the city’s main commercial clusters. Get some lunch and sit outside.

Thoreau Path

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Meander this 20-foot-wide connective path. Or just have a seat.

Boston Common

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America’s oldest public park is smack-dab in the center of town, with the Public Garden right there, too.

City Hall Plaza

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It’s right outside the ugliest building in America (or the finest example of brutalist architecture yet devised).

Norman B. Leventhal Park

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Benches, lawn, fountains, trees. Yes, the makings of a serene-y public park right in the heart of the go-go Financial District.

Charlestown Navy Yard

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Gorgeous views and lots of history greet visitors to this public open space. Plus! It's a short stroll to Charlestown's historic gaslight area.

Paul Revere Mall

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The strand of parkland has plenty of bench seating and shade as well as an equestrian statue of its namesake. 

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The Rose Kennedy Greenway

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Pick any point along the ribbon of parkland born of the Big Dig and get strolling (or sitting or jogging).

South Boston Maritime Park

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This park includes a lawn, a three-season cafe with outdoor seating, and a pair of pergolas. The expanse is also right across D Street from Eastport Park.

Charles River Esplanade

The river-hugging park offers fabulous views and plenty of bench seating. Hop over the bridges to Cambridge for more of the same.

Back Bay Fens

The Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park sits at the nexus of several neighborhoods and commercial hubs, including Northeastern University, the Isabella Stuart Gardner, and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Copley Square

The bustling plaza sits near the main hub of the Boston Public Library and amid one of the city’s main commercial clusters. Get some lunch and sit outside.

Thoreau Path

Meander this 20-foot-wide connective path. Or just have a seat.

Boston Common

America’s oldest public park is smack-dab in the center of town, with the Public Garden right there, too.

City Hall Plaza

It’s right outside the ugliest building in America (or the finest example of brutalist architecture yet devised).

Norman B. Leventhal Park

Benches, lawn, fountains, trees. Yes, the makings of a serene-y public park right in the heart of the go-go Financial District.

Charlestown Navy Yard

Gorgeous views and lots of history greet visitors to this public open space. Plus! It's a short stroll to Charlestown's historic gaslight area.

Paul Revere Mall

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The strand of parkland has plenty of bench seating and shade as well as an equestrian statue of its namesake. 

Jamie/Flickr

The Rose Kennedy Greenway

Pick any point along the ribbon of parkland born of the Big Dig and get strolling (or sitting or jogging).

South Boston Maritime Park

This park includes a lawn, a three-season cafe with outdoor seating, and a pair of pergolas. The expanse is also right across D Street from Eastport Park.