Conveniently, my best friend from high school also ended up attending university in Boston – which lead to a summer of exploration, since we were no longer bogged down by classes and winter weather. One of these trips brought us over to East Boston: a mostly residential neighborhood, with a heavy Spanish/Latino influence, praised by its residents, but rarely visited by tourists. Just one stop away from Boston’s “mainland” via the Blue Line brings you to the lively, up-and-coming Maverick Square. If you find yourself in this neighborhood, do yourself a favor and take the quick 10-minute walk away from the urban center to the Boston Harbor waterfront, and Piers Park.
On my first visit, I was taken aback by how stunning both the well-maintained Piers Park and its views were. Consider this a definite must-see now that temperatures are starting to rise above subzero. The 600-foot pedestrian promenade supplies plenty of skyline eye candy, while its six pavilions provide shade.
Park amenities include a huge playground, workout area, picnic tables, and an unbeatable scenic vista of the Boston skyline – all sans the typical tourist crowds of the more popular stops along the Boston Harbor Walk. Stretching from the recently coined Innovation District to Boston’s oldest neighborhood, the North End, this is easily one of the city’s best viewpoints.