Dorchester is Boston’s largest neighborhood, so there are plenty of ways to get outside to enjoy this beautiful weather! We’ve rounded up our favorite places and activities to get you outside after this long, long winter!
Outdoor dining spots in the neighborhood
We realize that many of our outdoor patios have disappeared for the winter, but there are still some “hot spots” nestled in the neighborhood! Check out our roundup!
Savin Hill + Malibu Beach are prime locations for some fresh air and sunshine. You’ll find multiple ball fields, a playground, bathhouses, and a picturesque boardwalk. This location is a popular dog walking location and has a large parking lot.
Harbor/Columbia Point is a personal favorite when I’m craving some salty ocean air. Habor/Columbia Point is located on the JFK UMASS campus. It connects with the Boston Harborwalk providing miles and miles of fresh air and ocean views. This was the landing place for Puritan settlers in the early 1600s – fun fact!
We might be getting ahead of ourselves. It might not be quite warm enough for a beach day, but Tenean Beach is more than just a beach. There are tennis courts, a playground, and basketball courts! Plenty of options to get you outside!
Franklin Park Zoo
I’ll admit. I always forget that Franklin Park Zoo is actually in Dorchester! Just a testament to how large and diverse our neighborhood actually is. Franklin Park itself encompasses 72 acres! And is home to kangaroos, giraffes, zebras, and more! The zoo is definitely one of the more popular destinations for families interested in spending some time outdoors.
Another surprisingly large outdoor space is Dorchester Park. This park includes swings and scenic pathways. Providing a quiet escape for the residents of Dorchester. The park is also designated a Historic Landmark – it was first established in 1891!
The Neponset River Greenway
This trail runs 5 + miles from Dorchester into Milton. The trail connects a series of parks and provides an exciting opportunity to appreciate the outdoors in an otherwise urban area. This trail is perfect for walking, biking, running, and rollerblading!
Check out Dorchester’s Garvey Park
The new and improved Garvey Park is worth the trip! Get the details $5,790,000 project here!
Image of Neponset River Greenway via Caught in Dot Instagram