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. Hours are 7 am to 11 pm Monday to Wednesday and Friday and Saturday, and 7 am to 10.30 pm Thursday and Sunday. Hours may be adjusted because of 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 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 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 and times vary).
Why should I go?
When it comes to scouting out a lively, grassy place to bask 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. 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, Connect 4, cornhole, and ping-pong.
Thursday through Saturday, there’s also a bar, where food and drink are available for purchase, as well as live music and lawn game tournaments, with the chance to win prizes. For those serious about watching sports, Citizens Bank will hold a Pickleball Open on August 25. The World Cup–style tournament will have pickleball pros and other prominent figures competing in six teams, and proceeds benefit the Greater Boston YMCA. Check out Lawn on D’s event calendar for information about other programming, including Modern Markets @ LOD, a space for makers on three September Sundays.
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 from noon to 10 pm. As a reminder, dogs are not allowed, and no outside food or drink is permitted during concession hours.