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10 Boston Spots to Enjoy the Weather During the Workday

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You're at work and yet you want to get outside and enjoy this phenomenal weather, especially after the winter we had (and that weirdly hot-humid mess of a few days back). We got you covered. These 10 spots are conveniently located near or within Boston's major commercial hubs if you want to just duck out for a bit and chill. And a lot of them have free WiFi, so maybe go ahead and tell the boss you're working outside for the rest of the day? (For more on free WiFi around Boston, check out our ultimate guide.) Also, if you really want to get away from the maddening crowd, see our map of the 25 most-off-the-beaten-path parks in the region.


· The Ultimate Guide to Free Wireless in Greater Boston [Curbed Boston]
· L.A. vs. Boston: An Extreme Winter Weather Comparison [Curbed Boston]
· 25 of the Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Parks in Greater Boston [Curbed Boston]
· Our Curbed Maps archive [Curbed Boston]

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Boston Common

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This one's a no-brainer. America's oldest public park is smack-dab in the center of town, with the Public Garden right there, too.

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.

Lawn On D

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The temporary public opened around this time last year, and offers all the relaxation of a park with the added bonus of feeling especially hip.

Copley Square

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Another no-brainer: 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.

Boston Harborwalk

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Pick any point along the outer-looping park and get strolling (or sitting or jogging).

Back Bay Fens

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Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park sits at the nexus of several neighborhoods and commercial hubs, including Northeastern U., the Gardner and the MFA.

City Hall Plaza

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It's the ugliest goddamned building in America (or the finest example of Brutalist architecture yet devised), but it's got a plaza outside that bleeds into the bustle of the North End.

Charlestown Navy Yard

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

Thoreau Path

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Get on out and meander this 20-foot-wide connective path. Or just have a seat.

Norman B. Leventhal Park

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

Boston Common

This one's a no-brainer. America's oldest public park is smack-dab in the center of town, with the Public Garden right there, too.

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.

Lawn On D

The temporary public opened around this time last year, and offers all the relaxation of a park with the added bonus of feeling especially hip.

Copley Square

Another no-brainer: 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.

Boston Harborwalk

Pick any point along the outer-looping park and get strolling (or sitting or jogging).

Back Bay Fens

Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park sits at the nexus of several neighborhoods and commercial hubs, including Northeastern U., the Gardner and the MFA.

City Hall Plaza

It's the ugliest goddamned building in America (or the finest example of Brutalist architecture yet devised), but it's got a plaza outside that bleeds into the bustle of the North End.

Charlestown Navy Yard

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

Thoreau Path

Get on out and meander this 20-foot-wide connective path. Or just have a seat.

Norman B. Leventhal Park

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