Recently, some friends that are visiting Boston asked me where the best places for sunsets are in the city. P and I have both lived in Boston for almost 10 years and have seen our fair share of sunsets both accidentally and planned. I thought I would also share our list of favorite Boston sunset viewing spots here:
1. The Esplanade
The Esplanade runs along the Charles River and is the perfect spot for the sunset. In the summer and fall, P and I love to pack a picnic or grab a pizza pie from our neighborhood cafe and head to the floating docks on the Esplanade. If you enter the Esplanade via the Mass Ave Bridge on the Boston side, make a left and continue to walk for about 15 minutes, you’ll see a few stairs going down towards a large floating dock. You can go a bit early just to lay out on the dock or dip your feet into the river (feet only… not sure if the river is clean enough to swim in) and soak in the last few bits of sun before it begins to set. You have a lovely view of the Cambridge side, the famous MIT dome building, and the Mass Ave Bridge. If a picnic isn’t your thing, you could rent a kayak and watch the sunset right on the water.
2. Mass Ave Bridge
You probably wouldn’t be able to have a picnic here but the Mass Ave bridge has been a great pit stop to enjoy the sunset with a view of the famous Citgo sign as a backdrop. P and I always happen upon the sunset on our summer evening strolls, and it never gets old.
3. Piers Park in East Boston
If you want to venture out to East Boston, Piers Park has been dubbed the secret gem of Boston which only Eastie’s seem to know about. It provides a gorgeous view of the Boston skyline and is generally less crowded. To get to the park via public transportation, get off at Maverick Station on the blue line and walk along Marginal Street for about 10 minutes.
4. Corey Hill in Brookline
Another sunset spot a little bit outside of downtown Boston is at the Corey Hill Outlook in Brookline, only a short subway ride away on the Cleveland Circle green line. Get off at Summit Ave stop and climb the steep road up to the top. The climb, though torturous, will be worth it.
5. Boston Harbor Cruises
If you want hit two birds with one stone, you could get in a sunset while boating around the inner harbor on the Sunset Boston Harbor cruise from the months of May to September. It will set you back about $26, but it’s a 1.5 hour tour with a history lesson included. More information here.
6. Top of the Hub
If you want to wine and dine, the Top of the Hub would be a great spot to see the sunset. The food is mediocre and overpriced, but you’re paying for the 360 degree view of the city. If you don’t want to pay for dinner, you can go to the top floor just to check out the views and watch the sunset. Or, you can grab a drink from the bar and sit in the lounge. If you’re lucky, you might also be serenaded by live jazz music.
Happy sunset viewing!