Memorial Drive, Cambridge
If you’re looking for an amazing view of Boston, just cross the Charles to Memorial Drive in Cambridge for great water and city skyline views. You can get there by either walking along the esplanade and across Longfellow Bridge or hopping onto the T and taking the red line to the Kendall/MIT stop. Get an even closer look by renting a kayak from Charles River Canoe and Kayak. This is perfect for the summer, especially on the fourth of July for the fireworks display but rent them early because they get booked very quickly.
LoPresti Park, East Boston
If you want views of the Boston Harbor, LoPresti Park is a less crowded option in East Boston because not many people know about it. Completed in 2016, the park offers stunning views of the North End and the Zakim Bridge. Walk to the end of the pier that juts out over the Harbor or take a picture in front of the engraving that reads “A city is not an accident”. Reaching the park can only be done by car or by taking the blue line to Maverick. Visit here if you want a view of Boston that’s away from the hustle and bustle of Memorial Drive.
Blue Hills Reservation, Norfolk County
Get an unconventional view of the Boston skyline by taking the drive out to Blue Hills Reservation, you won’t regret it. If you enjoy nature and hiking, trek up this small mountain located in Norfolk County and be treated with beautiful views as a reward. Just climb up the stone observation tower and be treated with a gorgeous sight of Boston surrounded by trees. Visit during the fall for a spectacular array of oranges and yellows as the New England foliage begins to change. Only accessible by car, this is for those who wouldn’t mind spending an entire day outside of the city. If you have a furry fellow with you, feel free to bring them along. The reservation is a big dog walking area for the locals.