NFT Boston Hyde Park

Hyde Park

Essentials
Almost as large as Franklin Park, Stony Brook Reservation covers 475 acres and includes low hills, dense woods, rock outcroppings, and marshland. The park's largest feature is Turtle Pond, where you can fish for perch and sunfish. There are also several miles of bicycle paths and the most extensive hiking opportunities within the city limits. Among the park's many recreational facilities is the John F. Thompson Center, New England's first recreational facility designed specifically to accommodate handicapped visitors.

Sundries/Entertainment
If you're looking for entertainment, enjoy some bowling at Ron's. If you're not into bowling but you have pimped your ride, then you're at least able to cruise Hyde Park Avenue for hotties and doughnuts.

Transportation
To get to Hyde Park, Take the MBTA commuter rail's Franklin, Fairmount or Providence line. The Providence line stops at Forest Hills, where you can transfer from the T's Orange Line. The Franklin line usually stops at Readville, but also does have a stop in Hyde Park at certain times. You can pick up the Franklin at South Station, which is served by the T's Red Line. The Fairmount branch serves Uphams Corner, Morton Street, Fairmount Ave. and Readville via the Dorchester/Midland branch.See more.




         



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Posted By:  Todd Strauss
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Townsend's
For years, my two favorite places for drinks and fancy bar food have been Gargoyles and Chez Henri. Now, there's a third restaurant on the list: Townsends. Townsends earned its place on my list due to its great food, draft beer selection, and amazing staff. Whether you're in the mood for a main course or leisurely meal, ordering one item at a time to accompany each drink, you can't go wrong. And, as I mentioned so many sentences ago, their beer selection is outstanding, offering some relatively unknown brews along with a few of the best craft beers on tap (such as Dogfish and Stone). When you go, ask the bartender about their next beer and food pairing. Make sure that you leave some room for dessert. My favorites are the bread pudding and homemade truffles.



Posted By:  Suzanne Cope
Photo:  Suzanne Cope

Tucked away in Somerville’s Union Square is a fantastic family-run specialty food shop stocked with cold cuts, cheeses, and condiments from around the world, as well as a full arsenal of Italian specialties made in-house. Plan a visit to this small, inconspicuous store and walk out with the fixings for a gourmet dinner for two for less than $20. Choose one of dozens of flavors of fresh pasta and pair it with one of the homemade frozen sauces. Grab a fresh loaf of bread, some fancy olive oil for dipping, and have the knowledgeable sales staff suggest a hunk of artisan cheese. Don’t forget two cannolis, freshly filled with sweetened ricotta while you wait. You don’t have to tell your date how easy it was!




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