To Do Today: Unwind at Seaport’s Lawn on D
Interactive green space offers lawn games, giant neon swings, and outdoor dining
Daily from May to October, from 7 am to 11 pm. Hours may be adjusted due to private events. Check the events calendar here.
420 D St., Boston. The Lawn on D is steps away from the MBTA Silver Line World Trade Center stop. It’s also about a 20-minute walk from both South Station, which provides local bus and subway (Red Line) services, and Broadway Station on the Red Line. There is also a Bluebikes station in front of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on Summer Street and in front of the Lawn on D.
There is no entrance fee. Food and drinks are available for purchase (prices vary).
Why should I go?
When it comes to scouting out a lively, grassy place to bask in on a summer’s day, you won’t do much better than Lawn on D. The nearly three-acre green space, which opened in Boston’s popular Seaport neighborhood in 2014, is designed for both public and private events during the warm weather months. Sunday through Wednesday, visitors can relax in one of the many colorful lounge chairs (there’s free Wi-Fi, too), lay out a picnic (guests can bring their own food and nonalcoholic beverages when the concession stand is closed), or take a ride on one of the iconic donut-shaped, LED-illuminated swings that have likely taken over your Instagram feed. And you can indulge your competitive spirit by trying your hand at the multiple lawn games, including giant chess and Connect 4, and cornhole and ping-pong.
Thursday through Saturday, there’s also a bar, where food and drink is available for purchase, as well as live music and lawn game tournaments. For those serious about prize-winning, cornhole tournaments are held weekly between eight teams of two, with the chance to win “lawn bucks” to spend on food and drinks on site. By monitoring the event calendar, visitors can take part in public programming (like the Boston While Black Family Reunion, with spades, Double Dutch, and grilling this Saturday).
Bring your appetite, too. Partner Rebel Restaurants, Inc.—which operates Jack’s Coal Fired Pizza, Temazcal Tequila Cantina, and Tony C’s Sports Bar & Grill—runs a popular concession stand that serves tacos and other yummy food, as well as alcohol for those 21+, on Thursdays from 3 to 10 pm, Fridays and Saturdays, from noon to 10:30 pm, and Sundays (and Monday holidays), from noon to 6 pm. As a reminder, dogs are not allowed, and no outside food or drink is permitted during concession hours.