Crushing a killer workout is the best. And kicking back with a Boston-brewed is pretty great too.
But why choose between the two when you can have both? Try this, break a sweat then blow off some steam with some locally brewed suds at one of Boston’s breweries.
So the next time you log miles on the Charles River Path or knock out a WOD, head to a nearby brewery to keep the good times going with your workout buddies.
The Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain is one of the most beautiful green spaces in Boston. It’s the perfect place for a peaceful run. Best of all, you can keep your run going until you reach the door to the Sam Adams Brewery. This Boston institution is largely responsible for kicking off the now booming craft beer movement. Cheers to that!
Take your workout to New England’s largest rock gym, Brooklyn Boulders Somerville, where you’ll find 28,000 square feet of world-class climbing. After you’ve tackled the replica of the Prospect Hill Monument, head next door to Aeronaut Brewing Co. for their unique craft beers. The brewery hosts a ton of special events, from live music and bike talks to trivia, so there’s always something fun going on.
Castle Island isn’t an island and there’s no castle, but this recreation area is home to paths that are great for walking, running, or biking. Head there to breathe in the salty sea air as you pound the pavement around Pleasure Bay. Then wind your way through the streets of Southie to the Harpoon Brewery, one of Boston’s original craft beer makers. Unwind in the Beer Hall with a pint and pretzel.
It’s practically mandatory for Boston runners to log miles next to the Charles River. Many take to the Boston side to run along the Esplanade, but the Cambridge side offers stellar views of our fair city. You can even do a combo of both to make your run a loop. Whatever you choose, make sure your route ends at John Harvard’s Brewery & Ale House in Harvard Square. This Cambridge staple is a must-visit for any serious Boston-area beer drinkers.
If you like the Back Bay and Beacon Hill, you’re going to love Charlestown. This historic city is the perfect combination of both spots, making it a great place to go for a run. On the way you’ll pass some of the cutest old houses in Boston and many of the city’s most famous landmarks, like the Bunker Hill Monument. If you really want a challenge, climb the monument’s 294 steps before heading to Downeast Cider House for locally grown, fresh-pressed, and gluten-free refreshment.
Boston’s CrossFit scene is serious, including this spot in Somerville. That’s because the Union Square box will get you as fit as possible and they’re super involved in the community. Once you’ve completed the Workout of the Day, make your way a half-mile down the road to the American Fresh Brewery & Taproom. It’s where Somerville-based Slumbrew makes its popular beers, so you can get a glimpse of the brewing process while you enjoy a flight.
The brainchild of George Foreman III, son of two-time heavyweight world champ George Foreman, EveryBody Fights Seaport is the perfect gym for anyone looking for a unique fitness experience. EBF is packed with boxing rings for sparring, fitness equipment, and a ton of classes that’ll get you in fighting shape. After you hang up your gloves, head to nearby Trillium Brewing Company to pick up a growler to go. There’s no tasting allowed at the brewery, so plan to toast your workout at home.
The Charles isn’t the only river in Boston. Don’t sleep on the Mystic, offering beautiful paths for running. After tackling the trails at the Mystic River Reservation in Medford, cross the river over and head to the American Fresh Taproom, run by Slumbrew. This is one of the best spots to enjoy a cold one outside, so it’s perfect for cooling down after a run. Fitt tip: Want to run with a buddy? Join the Happy Soles Run Club, which starts and ends its runs at the taproom.
If you’re in the mood for some out-of-the-box fitness, head to Sky Zone Everett, a massive trampoline gym. At Sky Zone you can bounce to your heart’s content on their giant trampolines, work on your dunk on the SkySlam Court, and even take trampoline fitness classes. When you just can’t jump any more, nearby Night Shift Brewing provides the perfect spot to relive your favorite moments. Fitt Tip: Night Shift hosts weekly yoga classes in its brewery every Sunday!
Turnstyle Cycle isn’t your typical spin studio, it’s more chill, but still gives you a killer workout. You can choose from indoor cycling or bootcamp classes – many of which have super fun themes to get you pumped. Picture blasting Beyonce vs. Britney while you pedal to the beat. Keep your post-class buzz going at nearby Cambridge Brewing Company. Bring some of your friends and get the beer tower to share.
Running hill sprints improves speed, strength, and stamina. And there’s hardly a better hill in Boston to do repeats on than up and down Broadway on Winter Hill. The best part is that once you’re done, you can sample the new brews at Winter Hill Brewery, which just opened about halfway up the hill. As an added bonus, you can sip your cold beer on the brewery’s outdoor patio!
When Achieve Fitness got started, they wanted to create a welcoming space with unique classes. Well, with workouts like Metabolic Conditioning, Kettlebells, and Strength Training, they totally succeeded. If classes aren’t your thing, try Achieve’s individualized and semi-private coaching to get on the right track. To refresh after you work up a sweat you barely need to leave the building. Small-batch, locally made (and gluten-free!) Bantam Cider is right next door.
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