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Exploring Boston: Rose Kennedy Greenway and Lawn on D

  • 420 D St Boston, MA (map)

Boston exploration day! Aisha and I started our adventure with breakfast at Boston Public Market. I got a popover and egg sandwich which was oh so good, and Aisha got… a bagel, I think?...  I’m not sure because I was so into my popover. We thought about getting some Union Square Donuts to go but decided to behave.

From there we headed out on what turned out to be an unexpectedly adventurous day. We crossed the street to the Rose Kennedy Greenway, a long strip of greenery that cuts through Boston, a lovely by-product of the Big Dig. It’s dotted with unexpected diversions. We walked past the fountains and people swinging on the swings. We walked the labyrinth and saw the carousel. Walked through a garden, misted on a timer, trying not to get wet. We walked through a beer garden, not open for the day yet. Past a futuristic car with no wheels—a random piece of art—as well as lots of pig sculptures. When it started to rain, we opened our umbrellas and snapped pictures of the greenery and skyscrapers.

We ended our Rose Kennedy Greenway journey at the Greenway Wall, a mural that changes regularly. This time it was a beautiful purple mural of birds. Aisha kindly took a woman’s photo in front of it.

From there we decided to cross the bridge over to the Southie/Seaport area, to find Lawn on D. It was a longer walk than we anticipated, but we found it! It’s oddly nestled in the middle of nowhere, behind the Boston Convention Center. Seriously, there’s nothing around. No one was in sight and then suddenly, all the people, at Lawn on D!

While it’s free to enter Lawn on D, you have to show an ID and get a wristband to enter, and bags are checked. We weren’t expecting this intensity, but we rolled with it—there is literally nowhere else to go once you’re there—and went through security.

We went to the famous circular swings, which are surprisingly comfortable! Lots of people were there on the lawn playing cornhole, just out enjoying the day. We played some cornhole ourselves, then stopped by the shaded outdoor bar and got a beer while some live music was starting up.

The Lawn on D is… odd! A middle-of-nowhere fun space that feels very disjointed from everything else that’s around. A good place for a cornhole date or a birthday party. Or an afternoon outing, so long as you’re fine with it being the only hub of fun around.

From there we crossed back over the Summer Street bridge to catch a Lyft to Somerville. A successful day of Boston explorations!

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