Sports and Recreation

Ready for a daylong adventure? Hop aboard a ferry that will take you to Boston's Harbor Islands. Enjoy the spectacular view of the city from the Bay. Then, once on the island of your choice, you can picnic, hike and observe wildlife in their natural habitat. Licensed fishermen can cast here and catch herring, striped bass or bluefish. Don't forget your camera. The coastal wildlife on the islands is a perfect subject for photographs.

Lovers of the water can enjoy boating and sailing the bay or down the Charles River. Canoe and Kayak rentals are available along the river and there are many venues to rent or hire a boat for an afternoon or a weekend. Deep-sea fishing and whale watching vessels also provide opportunities for other thrilling experiences.

Rather keep your feet on solid ground? You can try hiking, jogging or biking the Emerald Necklace. Over seven miles long, covering an area of over 1,100 acres, this series of parks, trails and reservations are perfect for the nature-loving visitor. The Emerald Necklace starts at the Public Garden, heads outbound down Commonwealth Avenue, connects to the Fens, Riverway and Arborway, eventually taking the adventurous biker or hiker to Jamaica Pond and Arnold Arboretum. All of the paths along the Emerald Necklace are family friendly. Responsible pet owners, stroller-pushing parents and runners are all welcome. In the autumn, the Necklace turns a brilliant kaleidoscope of color. Visitors from all over the world come to see this amazing display.

For a more rigorous experience, hikers can travel to the Blue Hills Reservation, south of the city. This park has over 7,000 acres of woodland and features the area's highest point. This is the perfect spot for hiking, mountain biking, downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, rock climbing and horseback riding.

Along the Charles River, bikers and inline skaters enjoy over seventeen miles of trails, and a unique view of the city, on both sides of the River. Further outbound, the Charles River Reservation becomes more wooded, creating another beautiful vista for the adventurer.

Tennis lovers can find public courts in the North End and at the Charlesbank Park and golf enthusiasts can hit the links at the William Devine Golf Course in Franklin Park. When the sun goes down, or inclement weather arrives, visitors can enjoy indoor driving ranges, laser tag, and bowling facilities in locations across the city.