After months of cursing Punxsutawney Phil—you know, the filthy critter who came out of hibernation on Groundhog Day merely to mock us for believing Boston would be celebrating an early spring—we can finally say we see the sunlight.
With temperatures expected to creep into the mid-70s today, now is the time to ditch the office without feigning a foreign, never-heard-of-before illness. There are plenty of outdoor hotspots here in the Hub, allowing you to get your work done all while building a base tan. Here’s a look at different places offering up free outside Wi-Fi.
Christopher Columbus Park — Who doesn’t like a nice waterfront view, especially one mere strides away from Tia’s and Joe’s American Bar & Grill? There’s no harm in guzzling down a brew or two. You’re in one of the country’s best beer towns, after all. Time to celebrate.
Boston Common — The Boston Common might be the oldest park in America, but it does come equipped with Internet.
Norman B. Leventhal Park — Located in the heart of the Financial District at Post Office Square, the Leventhal Park offers up sun and sandwiches. Sip Cafe planted roots in the park and is open weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., serving up coffee, soup, salads and sandwiches featuring locally grown produce.
The Boston Public Library — The Library’s courtyard has reliable Wi-Fi available to anyone that holds a Boston Public Library card. Even better? The Courtyard Restaurant that overlooks the outdoor space is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and for tea Wednesday through Friday from 2 to 4 p.m.
Faneuil Hall Marketplace — Although the Internet outside Faneuil Hall won’t be as reliable as the Wi-Fi at the Boston Public Library, the people watching is absolutely worth the slow bandwidth.
If you need to cross the Charles River, however, Cambridge is home to a few hotspots, as well, including:
Hoyt Field — The ball field itself doesn’t have Wi-Fi access, but the outside area surrounding the Moore Youth Center, including the viewing stands around the ball field, do have access. Perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to catch a game while you work.
The Harvard Square Business Association launched free outdoor Wi-Fi in 2008, working in collaboration with Cambridge and Harvard University. For an idea of the range, check out this old-school looking map below, courtesy of Harvard’s List.
As an added bonus, all Cambridge Public Libraries also provide free Wi-Fi access. Perhaps now is the time to pick up your summer beach reads.