Friday, August 29, 2014

Castle Island Playground - South Boston

What sets the Castle Island playground apart from others is it's amazing location smack dab in the middle of Boston's central nervous system where you can actually feel, while pushing your kid on the swing, the inhaling and exhaling of airplanes as they take off and land at Logan. 

Nevermind the fun playground, lots of shade, tons of parking, plently of seating, a public bathroom, a giant fort, wide open pathways, biking, rollerblading, dog walking, baby pushing, horse petting, but how about the thrill for your kids seeing the airplanes right over their heads, or the massive ships pulling into the Reserve Channel where the enormous lifts wait. Did I mention the crispy fish sandwich, grilled cheese, lobster roll, and cold pink lemonade for lunch at the reasonably priced Sullivan's?

It seems everything coming and going out of Boston either floats or flies by Castle Island, established long ago as the perfect vantage point to defend Boston against those pesky British with their expensive tea and all. Steep this! Now this spot commands views from all directions, and you're a tiny dot in the middle from the window of a British Airways airplane. Times have changed. 

Anyhow, we hit it on a beautiful, partly cloudy day, 80 degrees and very little wind. Enjoy it. 

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Paul Revere Park and Playground in Charlestown

The Paul Revere Park in Charlestown works double duty (no pun intented) for babies and doggies. The playground is small and fenced-in with a massive covered slide, and the dog park is huge, without a fence, with plenty of green heaven for doggie to doggie contact. There is a little something for all your "children." 

It's not the easiest place to get to, but there are a few parking spots tucked away, and a nice walk from the pier behind the Residence Inn that takes you under the Washington Street Bridge. If you're walking back and forth from Old Ironsides to the North End along the Washington Street Bridge, you can't miss it. It's such a picturesque spot that we saw "This Old House" filming with the Zakim Bridge in the background. 

Lots of helpful information on the Harborwalk website. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Art in the Park - Charlestown Sundial in Hayes Square

The Sundial in Charlestown by artist Lu Stubbs, located in Hayes Square at Bunkin Hill and Moulton Street, was a nice, little find. I love when my bunnies can interact with public sculptures. Depending on the size, shape or subject matter, it can be as much fun as hanging from the monkey bars. "Make Way for Ducklings" is a perfect example. 

"Cod", 1996. Charlestown @ Hayes Square