Chicago may be the Windy City, but it often seems like Boston could have earned that nickname, too. Ocean breezes are a near-constant presence and there’s no better way to harness them than by flying a kite. Despite Boston’s low elevation, there are plenty of hills and beaches in the area that provide the perfect places to get some air. We’ve rounded up 10 of them, some of which also have awesome playgrounds. Now go fly a kite!
Castle Island, South Boston
Castle Island doesn’t have a castle on it and it’s no longer an island, but it is a great place to fly kites. The breezes blowing in from the ocean make the grassy slopes around historic Fort Independence, which calls Castle Island home, the perfect place to fly a kite. With views that can’t be beat, this might just be the most scenic location on the list.
Constitution Beach, East Boston
The airplanes landing and leaving from nearby Logan Airport will inspire your kids’ kites to fly even higher at Constitution Beach in East Boston. Like Castle Island, Constitution Beach benefits from the nearby water, which provides gentle breezes to get those kites airborne.
Danehy Park, Cambridge
Large grassy areas can be tough to come by in the city, but not at Danehy Park in Cambridge. This 50-acre green space has tons of room for kite-flying. Picnic tables, a playground and a spray area make it a well-rounded spot for summer fun.
Image of kite flying over Larz Anderson Park courtesy of Brookline Parks & Open Space.
Franklin Park, Boston
Franklin Park is home to both an annual kite festival and an annual children’s festival, so you know it’s a great place for both kites and kids. With 527 acres of green space, there’s no shortage of spots to fly your kite at Franklin. While you’re there, don’t miss the park’s three excellent playgrounds.
Larz Anderson Park, Brookline
Larz Anderson Park’s 64 acres offer a lot of space to fly a kite, but the best spot in the park is atop its large hill. Breezes blow in steadily there, giving kites a big boost. Plus the view of Boston from the hill is just spectacular. Don’t miss Larz Anderson’s great playground while you’re there.
Millennium Park, West Roxbury
The Big Dig brought Boston several new green spaces, and one of them is Millennium Park in West Roxbury. This former landfill is now a beautiful park that sits 220 feet above sea level, making it a terrific place to fly a kite. From the top you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Blue Hills and Boston as your kite climbs ever higher.
Pope John Paul II Park, Dorchester
Driving south of Boston on I-93, it’s hard to miss the many people flying kites at Pope John Paul II Park in Dorchester. This is one of Boston’s premier kite-flying destinations, so it’s a must-visit spot for any serious kite enthusiasts. The Neponset River runs right by the park, lending a peaceful feeling despite the highway’s proximity.
Revere Beach hosts an annual kite festival. Courtesy of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Revere Beach, Revere
Just five miles north of Boston you’ll find Revere Beach, famous for being America’s oldest public beach. It’s also home to an annual kite festival, so you know it’s been vetted by some serious flyers. Ocean breezes are the main reason this is such a popular kite-flying spot.
Robbins Farm Park, Arlington
With an annual Kite Day, you just know that Robbins Farm Park is going to be a great place to let your kites soar. The higher altitude makes the park a popular kite-flying spot and the stunning views make it clear why its nickname is Skyline Park. Don’t miss the awesome playground—and two super long slides—while you’re there.
Spectacle Island, Boston
The highest point in the Boston Harbor Islands is on Spectacle Island, making it one of the most unique places to fly a kite in the city. Take the ferry ($$) from Long Wharf and you’ll be on Spectacle in 20 minutes. Bring a picnic and bathing suits to make a day of it.
Top image of kites at Revere Beach courtesy of the Department of Conservation and Recreation.