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Underrated Summer Activities Around Devonshire
June 11, 2023   |   Jillian Letourneau

Your Devonshire living space is surrounded by a rich history and vibrant culture, and there’s no better time to experience it than during the summer. While many visitors and locals alike may be familiar with some of the city’s most popular summer traditions — such as catching a Red Sox game or strolling through the Boston Public Garden — there are plenty of lesser-known activities and events that are just as worthy of attention.

Take a Dip at the L Street Beach

When most people think of Boston beaches, they may picture the crowded shores of Revere or Nantasket. However, just a few miles south of downtown Boston is the L Street Beach, a local favorite that’s often overlooked by non-residents. Located in the South Boston neighborhood, the beach is known for its calm waters, clean sands, and stunning views of Boston Harbor. It’s also conveniently located near the famous Murphy’s Law and the L Street Tavern, two iconic Boston bars that are well worth a visit.

Check Out the SoWa Open Market

If you’re looking for a unique shopping experience outside in this wonderful weather, the SoWa Open Market is a must-visit. Located in the South End neighborhood, the market is open every Sunday until fall and features a rotating selection of over 150 vendors, selling everything from handmade crafts to artisanal foods. In addition to shopping, the market also offers live music, food trucks, and a beer garden, making it the perfect spot to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon.

Explore the Arnold Arboretum

While the Boston Public Garden is a well-known destination for those seeking a peaceful escape from the city, the Arnold Arboretum offers an even more tranquil setting. Located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood, the arboretum is a 281-acre park that’s home to over 15,000 plants from around the world. Visitors can explore the park’s numerous walking trails, enjoy a picnic in one of its many grassy areas, or attend one of the many events and workshops offered throughout the summer.

Catch a Movie at the Hatch Shell

The Hatch Shell is a popular destination for outdoor concerts and events throughout these summer months, but it’s also a great spot for catching a movie under the stars. The Boston Harbor Hotel offers a free movie series every Friday night through summer’s end, featuring classic films and family-friendly favorites. Featuring the Hatch Shell’s stunning backdrop of the Charles River and Boston skyline, it’s hard to imagine a more picturesque setting outdoors.

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