The season for picnics south of Boston

A visit to Houghton’s Pond in Milton on Sunday found a throng of area residents — including (lower photo, from left) Leland Williams of Randolph and Teddy Hendricks of Braintree, grilling a meal for the family — at the beach and picnic area at the Blue Hills Reservation property.
A visit to Houghton’s Pond in Milton on Sunday found a throng of area residents — including (lower photo, from left) Leland Williams of Randolph and Teddy Hendricks of Braintree, grilling a meal for the family — at the beach and picnic area at the Blue Hills Reservation property.Credit:

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With the official start of summer on Friday, more people will be out picnicking. South of Boston, the venues range from the summit of Great Blue Hill to the sands of Nantasket Beach. And if you prefer an active picnic, many locations offer opportunities to hike, bike, swim, and fish.

We take a look at some of the region’s best places for a picnic.

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