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Best Places to Run Near Boston – Summer Edition

Posted by on June 11, 2012

Bored with your usual routes?  Here are a few great places to run this summer…

Harbor Walk – The air is cooler down by the harbor, and you can peek at the seals at the New England Aquarium for free! While you are down there, run over to the USS Constitution and take a free tour of the USS Cassin Young. Check it out!

Boston Harborwalk

Emerald Necklace/Jamaica Pond – The Emerald Necklace is shady! (Not the creepy kind, the tree kind.) The best thing about running through the Emerald Necklace and Jamaica Pond are all of the trees to protect you from the sun. Along the route you will see beautiful water ways with all sorts of fowl. You can even rent a boat to cool down afterwards. See the fun run map HERE.

Emerald Necklace

Minuteman Trail/Arlington’s Great Meadow – The Minuteman Trail is great year round, but if you are’t sure what section to run this summer, try Lexington out! For a great weekend run, drive out to Wilson Farm for fresh fruits and veggies, then run along the Minuteman Trail and through Arlington’s Great Meadow. There are great views and fun boardwalks to give you a little variety AND you can support local farms. Here is a map!

By Rachel Ford James

Walden Pond – Was Thoreau a runner? Probably not, but he knew a good place to do it. Walden Pond has lots of trails to explore, plus the added bonus of a refreshing swim at the end. Just be sure not to get there too late in the day; they close the parking lot once it fills up and on sunny summer days, and it fills up quickly! Check out the trail map HERE.

Walden Pond

Charles River – We know, you have probably run it a million times, but have you tried a new route lately? There are miles and miles of great places to run along the Charles River. Did you know there are even off-road paths to explore? Just past the Elliot Bridge, going east on the north side, there is a hidden path through the woods along the river and another before you reach the Arsenal Bridge. Run out towards Watertown and there are even more hidden paths that take you off the road and into nature. Check out THIS great map for mileage.

Charles River Basin

Just a reminder, be careful and if you run at night, go with a buddy or don’t go at all.

Upload a fun photo of your summer run to our Facebook page by Wednesday, June 20th at noon, the best photo will win free entry into the June 22nd Friday 5k.