Boston Sports & Activities

Everything you’ve heard about the zeal of Boston fans is true; here you root for the home team. You cheer, and you pray, and you root some more. "Red Sox Nation" witnessed a miracle in 2004, with the reverse of the curse and the team’s first World Series victory since 1918.

Then in 2007 the Sox proved it wasn’t just a fluke with another series win, and yet again in 2013. In 2008 the Celtics ended its 18-year NBA championship drought with a thrilling victory over longtime rivals the LA Lakers. The four-time champion New England Patriots have proved that they are a force to be reckoned with.

Bostonians’ long-standing fervor for sports is equally evident in their leisure-time activities. Harsh winters keep locals wrapped up for months, only to emerge at the earliest sign of oncoming spring. Once the mercury tops freezing and the snows begin to melt, Boston’s extensive parks, paths, woods, and waterways teem with sun seekers and athletes—until the bitter winds bite again in November, and that energy becomes redirected toward white slopes, frozen rinks, and sheltered gyms and pools.

Basketball

Boston Celtics. One of the most storied franchises in the National Basketball Association, the Boston Celtics have won the NBA championship...

Bicycling

Department of Conservation & Recreation. For path locations, consult the Department of Conservation & Recreation website. 251 Causeway...

Boating

Except when frozen over, the waterways coursing through the city serve as a playground for boaters of all stripes. All types of pleasure craft...

Fishing

Efforts to clean up the city’s waterways have heightened the popularity of recreational fishing in and around Boston. MassWildlife Boston...

Football

College Boston College Eagles. With the only Division 1A football program in town, the Boston College Eagles play against some of the top...

Golf

Massachusetts Golf Association. This association represents 400 clubs in the state and has information on courses that are open to the public...

Hiking

With the Appalachian Trail just two hours’ drive from Downtown and thousands of acres of parkland and trails encircling the city, hikers will...

Hockey

Boston hockey fans are informed, vocal, and extremely loyal. The stands are packed at Bruins games—especially since winning the Stanley Cup...

Ice-Skating

Boston Common Frog Pond. Thanks to a refrigerated surface, the Boston Common Frog Pond transforms into a skating park from November to mid...

Parks

Arnold Arboretum. The sumptuously landscaped Arnold Arboretum is open all year to walkers, nature lovers, and joggers. Volunteer docents give...

Running and Jogging

Boston’s parks and riverside pathways almost never lack for joggers, even in the worst weather. Paths on both sides of the Charles River are...

Skiing

Cross-Country Weston Ski Track. From mid-December to March, the Weston Ski Track provides cross-country skiers and snowshoers with 15 miles...

Tennis

Department of Conservation & Recreation. The Department of Conservation & Recreation maintains more than 25 public tennis courts...

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