Your guide to when everything in Boston opens outdoors for spring

From food trucks to fitness classes under the sun.

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The SoWa Open Market in the South End. –Dina Rudick/Globe Staff

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Down with the down jacket! Whether the forecast says so or not, spring has arrived. Around Boston, outdoor mainstays are welcoming visitors for the 2018 season, so check here to see what opens when.

Note: This article will be updated as more information is released.

Greenway Carousel
Take a spin on a lobster, rabbit, or other animal native to Massachusetts on this carousel, which opened March 23.

Food trucks on the Greenway
The answer to your lunchtime blues returned on April 2. The Greenway’s largest food truck season ever brings 38 vendors to seven stations across the park.


HubWay Bikes
Nothing says springtime like a bike ride, and HubWay’s wheels were back as of April 2.

City Golf Courses
Both the William J. Devine Golf Course in Dorchester and George Wright Golf Course in Hyde Park resumed full operation on April 6.

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Swan Boats in the Boston Public Garden. —Matthew J. Lee / The Boston Globe

Swan Boats
On April 14, the Swan Boats returned to the Boston Public Garden’s lagoon.

Frog Pond Carousel
Take a spin on this classic attraction on the Boston Common, which opened April 14.

MFA Outdoor Areas
The MFA’s indoor galleries are a great refuge from winter temperatures, but its Tenshin-en Garden and Calderwood Courtyard are great places to soak up some sun. Both opened April 17, ahead of the museum’s Art in Bloom event from April 28-30.  

Memorial Drive Sunday Closings
On Sundays during the warmer months of the year, driving is out and walking is in on Memorial Drive. Your first shot to take this stroll is April 29.

Lawn on D
Boston’s go-to destination for swinging and sipping is back as of Tuesday, May 1.

This takeout stand started serving up sandwiches on Tuesday, May 1.

‘The Patios’ at City Hall Plaza
On May 4, City Hall Plaza will transform into a springtime gathering spot featuring a Wachusett Brew Yard, mini-golf stations, ice cream from Honeycomb Creamery, and, occasionally, puppies.

Sailing and kayaking on the Charles river on June 6, 2016. —Jim Tuttle

Paddle Boston
Weather permitting, you can take a canoe, paddleboard, or kayak out on the Charles River beginning Saturday, May 5.  


The Envoy Hotel’s Lookout Rooftop and Bar
Imbibe cocktails and sweeping views of the city at this high-rise outdoor bar, which reopens on Saturday, May 5.

SoWa Open Market
On Sunday, May 6, SoWa Open Market in the South End will kick off its season with local vendors and the launch of its Beer Barn.

Dewey Square Farmer’s Market
Scope out the goods from more than 20 New England farmers, fishers, and food entrepreneurs brought together by the Boston Public Market Association. The Dewey market will kick off on Tuesday, May 15, then take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. through Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Seaport Sweat
Starting Tuesday, May 29, you can take boxing or yoga on the grass of the Seaport Common. This series will offer nine workout classes a week for 20 weeks — all for free.

The Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series
The program, which kicks off on Monday, June 4, offers assorted free workout classes for both kids and adults at 24 city parks through Sept. 29.

Boston Public Market Association Farmer’s Market at the Seaport
From June 6 to Oct. 31, a smaller set of Boston Public Market association vendors will congregate on Wednesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Seaport’s Courthouse Square.

Fit on the Garden
Kicking off on Wednesday, June 6, and running through Wednesday, Aug. 29, the Prudential Center will bring a free weekly fitness class to its garden area.

Fitness Classes at Norman B. Leventhal Park
This downtown park will host free classes in yoga, Zumba, bootcamp, and Pilates throughout the summer. The series will run from Wednesday, June 27 to Sunday, Sept. 2.


Free Outdoor Yoga in Blackstone Square Park
From July 1 through Sept. 9, you can tote your yoga mat to this weekly Sunday yoga class hosted by Sadhana Yoga in the South End.

Boston is not at a loss of free yoga during the summer months. Coolidge Corner Yoga will host a weekly session on Sunday mornings in Brookline’s Minot Rose Garden from July 1 to Aug. 26.