At the Boxer, we appreciate the importance of fitness and know there are few better ways to experience a city than on two wheels. That’s why we loan guests complimentary Boxer bicycles! They come with a classic front basket perfect for holding any of your possessions and purchases, and we also provide you with a lock and a helmet for safety.
Here are some of our favorite bike routes in and around Boston (many of the trails on our list can be reached by the orange or red MBTA lines. Find bike rules for these lines here):
This arboretum, owned and operated by Harvard University, is one of the prettiest natural expanses in Boston. With almost 15,000 individual plants, including 250-year-old bonsai trees, exploring the 280 acres by bike is a captivating experience that almost makes one forget how close he/she is to the city. The gorgeous views of Boston atop features like Bussey Hill and Peters Hill are well-worth the incline.
Charles River Esplanade: Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path
For many of the same reasons that the Esplanade is one of our favorites places to bring a dog, it is one of the premier bike routes in the city. The Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path, adjacent to the banks of the Charles, starts near the Museum of Science and ends in Norumbega Park in Newton, a 23-mile journey in total. For those who want to complete a much shorter route, the Back Bay section of the path is near the Boxer with Cambridge on the right, brownstones on the left, and the containing the Edward A. Hatch Memorial Shell where summer concerts are performed.
Park of Boston’s Emerald Necklace, this short route is made worthwhile by the tranquil beauty of the water and surrounding environment. Tired from your ride? Take a while to rest in the quaint gazebo perched near the water next to the Jamaica Pond Boathouse. The pond is the largest body of freshwater in Boston.
This biking option is named after a French immigrant who lived in Worcester and Boston and actually patented the pedal-driven bicycle. Cyclists can thank Lallement for the fact that they do not have to enjoy Boston’s great paths on bikes propelled by foot. Located in Southwest Corridor Park, this 4.7 mile trail follows the route of the Orange Line from Back Bay Station to the Forest Hills section of Jamaica Plain. For those with kids or those just looking to mix in some other activities, tennis courts, basketball courts, and playgrounds can be found in the park.
One of the longer routes on our list, the Minuteman Bikeway is one of the most popular and most successful rail-trails in the country, meaning that it was converted into a path from an unused railway. It begins near Alewife Station in Cambridge and passes through Arlington and Lexington before ending in Bedford. The route is similar to Paul Revere’s famous ride and it was the fifth inductee into the national Rail-Trail Hall of Fame. Some of the notable stops along the route include Spy Pond, the Battle Green in Lexington, and Hanscom Air Force Base.