Get Outside with the T
The T is here to help you get outside this summer. Whether you want to walk the city or take a weekend getaway, this guide can help you find outdoor activities that are just a short walk away from a T stop.
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Get Outside the City
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, beat the traffic with weekend Commuter Rail service to Cape Cod. The CapeFLYER runs from Friday evening to Sunday night, is fully accessible, and offers reduced fares and group rates.
- Connect with ferries to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard
- Bring your bike along and park it in the dedicated bicycle car
With 114 miles of bike paths and over 70 miles of trails, Cape Cod has plenty of ways to get outside.
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Explore Boston Parks
There are tons of parks in Boston—no matter where you are in the city, there's a park within a 10-minute walk.
Below is a list of popular parks, with links to helpful information and buttons for directions taking the T.
You can also find a park nearby using this interactive map of Boston playgrounds, which lists features like basketball courts, swings, sports fields, and fitness stations.
Across from the Boston Common is the Public Garden, a Victorian-style botanical garden open to the public.
The Garden is the perfect place to relax on a summer day: admire over 80 species of plants, take a ride on an iconic Swan Boat, or lay out a picnic blanket and people-watch for the afternoon.
The Rose Kennedy Greenway is the perfect place to relax with a drink, cool off in a fountain, take a spin on the carousel, or grab a bite to eat from a food truck.
The Boston Nature Center has two miles of trails that are home to hundreds of natives plants, birds, and butterflies.
- Three trails with varying lengths and features
- All Persons Trail: an accessible 1-mile loop with interpretive stops in audio, braille, and print
- Nature Play Area for gardening, building, climbing, and unstructured exploration, with raised tables for digging in sand and dirt
The nature center is a 10-15 minute walk from nearby bus stops, or a 30-minute walk from Forest Hills station.
Walk Through History
Freedom Trail and Black Heritage Trail
The 2.5-mile Freedom Trail links many historic sites in the city. You can walk the whole trail, or take the T to the spots you’re most interested in:
- Massachusetts State House
- Park Street Church
- Granary Burying Ground
- King’s Chapel and Burying Ground
- Boston Latin School Site/Benjamin Franklin Statue
- Old Corner Bookstore
- Old South Meeting House
- Old State House
- Boston Massacre Site
- Faneuil Hall
- Paul Revere House
- Old North Church
- Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
- USS Constitution
- Bunker Hill Monument
The historic buildings along the 1.6-mile Black Heritage Trail were the schools, businesses, churches, and Underground Railroad sites of Boston’s black community during the 18th and 19th centuries.
You can walk the whole trail, or take the T to the spots you’re most interested in:
- Abiel Smith School
- African Meeting House
- Smith Court Residences
- John Coburn House
- Lewis and Harriet Hayden House
- Charles Street Meeting House
- John J. Smith House
- The Phillips School
- George Middleton House
- 54th Regiment Memorial
Note: The Robert Gould Shaw Memorial, African Meeting House, and Abiel Smith School are open to the public. All other sites are privately owned and are not open to the public.
Visit the Harbor
The Harborwalk is almost 40 miles of live music, landmarks, public art, trails, and beaches connecting multiple Boston neighborhoods along the water.
If you’re coming in on the Commuter Rail, North and South stations are great starting points—both are just a couple of blocks away from the Harborwalk.
For directions to beaches along the Harborwalk, jump to the beaches section.
Ride a Ferry
The T has ferry terminals at the Boston Harbor, Charlestown Navy Yard, Hingham and Hull, and the airport. Ferries are a fun way to explore the Boston Harbor Islands—and get a great view of the city from the water.
The ride to Salem is just under an hour and will take you from Long Wharf station to the Salem Ferry Terminal, a 10-minute walk from downtown. Grab a snack or drink on board and head to the tables on the second deck to enjoy the view.
Ferry service is operated by Boston Harbor Cruises in partnership with the city of Salem. There are discounts for Salem residents and riders with a Commuter Rail pass.
Shop Farmers Markets
There’s nothing better than a bustling farmers’ market on a warm summer day. It’s easy to take the T to these outdoors markets—and don’t forget, you can use SNAP benefits and get a dollar-for-dollar rebate on fresh fruits and vegetables from HIP farm vendors.
Relax at the Beach
The Massachusetts coastline has lots to offer—sandy beaches to stretch out on, rocky shores with tide pools to explore, and plenty of places to sail or swim. We've picked out some popular beaches that are easy to visit using the T.
Carson Beach, Pleasure Bay, and the M and L street beaches form a three-mile stretch along the South Boston shore.
This beach is easily accessible from JFK/UMass station, and features restrooms, a concessions stand, and a walkway along the water between Castle Island and the Kennedy Library.
L & M Street Beaches
These beaches connect Pleasure Bay and Carson Beach and are two of the longest stretches of beach in Boston—the perfect place to walk or jog along the water.
Pleasure Bay Beach
This beach connects with Castle Island, where you can find a playground, fishing pier, and Civil War-era Fort Independence.
Hit the Trails
There are more than 400 miles of rail-trails in Massachusetts. Rail-trails are former railroad rights of way that have been converted to public trails—meaning trailheads are conveniently close to stations.
Bikes on the T
Bring your bike on the bus, train, and ferry.
Take a Hike
Looking for a park to explore outside of the city? Here are some options for hiking and camping that are easy to reach using the T:
Alewife Brook Reservation
Right next to Alewife Station is Alewife Brook Reservation, an urban forest with areas for hiking and fishing, as well as a playground, athletic fields, and tennis courts. The popular 10-mile Minuteman Commuter Bikeway also starts at Alewife and runs all the way to Bedford, where it connects with the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail.
Wompatuck State Park
Winter Island Park in Salem
The Salem Trolley is the fastest way to the campground. Tickets are available at the Trolley Office just a few blocks from the Commuter Rail station.
Canoe and Kayak
Rentals are available along the Charles River, at Hopkinton State Park, and at Spot Pond in Middlesex Fells State Reservation—all a short walk from a T stop or station.