There are plenty of unique spots in the Boston area to get hitched. These are the unique spots to pop the question.Read More
15 unique spots to propose in the Boston area, mapped
Acorn Street, TD Garden, Fenway Park, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Butterfly Hollow at the Franklin Park Zoo—these and more are the perfect spots for popping the big question
Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
A nature lover your lover? The 281-acre, Harvard-run greensward includes thousands upon thousands of plants and trees in a kaleidoscope of species. Bonus suggestion: Perhaps bike to the big rendezvous.
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Specifically here we suggest the complex’s enclosed courtyard. It’s plush year-round with seasonal blooms. There are also other gardens at the Gardner and the rest of its interior—done as if a Venetian palace—is worth considering too for the big ask.
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Why not? Fenway is America’s oldest Major League ballpark—perfect for sports fans.
Commonwealth Avenue Mall
Butterly Hollow at the Franklin Park Zoo
Boston Public Library
Looking for some grandiosity? The building, which opened in 1895, includes numerous gorgeous features, among them carvings and sculpture by Domingo Mora and Augustus Saint-Gaudens and bronze doors by Daniel Chester French. The coup de grace, though, might be the Bates Reading Room with its barrel ceiling. Try there.
On the Red Line (including over the Longfellow Bridge)
Frances Appleton Bridge
This 750-foot steel bridge from Beacon Hill to the Charles River Esplanade opened in 2018, and was formally dedicated in 2019 in honor of the spouse of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The Longfellow Bridge is next to it over the Charles. Get it?
Boston Public Garden
You might think that America’s oldest public botanical garden might not cut it in the winter, but you’d be wrong: It’s especially beautiful that time of year because of the holiday lights. But maybe wait until spring—and pop the question during a swan boat ride.
The Liberty Hotel
The Liberty’s building began life in the 1850s as the Charles Street Jail. The current iteration—a Marriott-operated hotel—retained the original octagonal rotunda, with its 90-foot atrium. It also retained some cell bars. Go to town with the metaphors vis a vis marriage as you see fit.
If you can finagle some space, use what’s sometimes called the most beautiful street in America as your cobblestone backdrop.
Like with Fenway Park, the arena that’s home to both the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics is perfect if your beloved is a sports fanatic. Plus, if things don’t turn out as planned, the recently expanded coliseum is right above North Station—a (relatively) quick getaway.
Yes, it’ll invariably be loud and crowded, but there’s something about dropping to one knee amid all the hustle and bustle of New England’s busiest train and bus hub.
The Institute of Contemporary Art steps
The contemporary art and design museum—the current building for which dates from 2006—is one of the Boston waterfront’s top attractions, and, as such, its water-fronting stairs are particularly prime for proposals.
Want the Boston skyline as your scrim? This 6.5-acre waterside park can provide it.