What’s the best time to visit Boston?

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Since it’s a walking city — and since New England winter’s can be brutal — the best time to visit Boston is before or after winter hits. If you go during the summer, you can take full advantage of one of the city’s most delightful sites — the Esplanade. This swatch of green space runs along the Charles River for miles and offers jogging paths, ball fields and picnic spots. It is especially popular on the Fourth of July when crowds gather to listen to the famed Boston Pops and watch the fireworks over the Charles. Summer is also the time where you can take in free movies and oldies concerts at the Hatch Shell.

Any time of year that it’s not freezing or snowing (you might want to stick to April through October) is a good time to take advantage of all the great walking tours Boston has to offer. Tourists everywhere flock to the Freedom Trail — and for good reason. The famed trail is one of the best ways to cover Boston’s storied history. Running past official sites, the free trail spreads over 2.5 miles marked by red bricks embedded in the sidewalks. Other great on-foot tours include kid-centered Boston By Little Feet and the Fenway Park Tours. Of course, if you show up in Beantown and the weather is bad, you can always take advantage of the great restaurants, museums and shopping.

Jonathan Nicholson

The best time to visit Boston is anytime. We have something to offer all year round. The spring and summer offer great weather, and the fall foliage gives us an amazing color backdrop. The winter is beautiful, with the snow-covered Boston Common providing postcard-type scenery.

Spring and summer are wonderful times to visit Boston, but the city’s most beautiful season is autumn. The crisp weather is ideal for discovering the city’s walking trails, and the vivid red, yellow and orange colors of the fall foliage dazzle the eyes.

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Everyone says the fall, but I think that spring is the best. I love it. It’s not a long spring because it’s the beginning of baseball season. I’m a huge Sox fan, so I love the electricity when the Red Sox are doing well and everyone is excited.

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