26.2 Reasons to Explore With Bluebikes

In celebration of the 26.2 miles in the Boston Marathon, we're highlighting all the places Metro Boston has to offer to explore: from parks, museums, City Squares, and more!

1. Vist the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

See the art exhibits at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Fenway-Kenmore. The museum holds several collections of American, European, and Asian art all housed in a Venetian-inspired palace.

2. Take a Trip to Roslindale

Roslindale is the only borough of Boston to have a park in the center of it. Dock your bike at one of the two new Bluebikes stations located in the center, and be sure to check out the historic Roslindale Substation, right off of Adam’s Park. While you’re in the Village, take a stroll down Washington Street and Corinth Street and see how many murals you can find painted on the sides of local businesses.

3. Travel Over the Longfellow Bridge

For one of the best views of Boston, Travel across the Longfellow Bridge, over the Charles River. Stop along the way to take in the bustling Charles River filled with sailboats, crew rowers, kayakers, and more.

4. Cruise Down the Bike Lanes on Broadway Street in Cambridge.

Dock your bike in Harvard Square, one of the famous “Squares” of Cambridge that hosts dozens of restaurants, shops, and more.

5. Be Sure to Check Out the Zakim Bridge

Snap a photo of the Zakim Bridge from Paul Revere Park and grab a lobster roll in the North End.

6. Ride Along the Somerville Community Path

Enjoy miles of protected bike lanes lined by trees and greenery. Take the path Northwest until you hit Davis Square, and experience endless shops, restaurants, and local business to explore.

7. Wander through the Arnold Arboretum

A natural area that hosts over 15,000 different types of plants that are budding for spring.

8. Will You Find the Keytar Bear?

See if you can find the Keytar Bear, a traveling one-bear show who performs at train stations across Boston.

9. Head west of the Muddy River

Travel west until you hit Brookline Village, and take in the quaint brick storefronts and restaurants.

10. Metro Boston boasts a robust network of bike lanes

The same is true for the Kendall/MIT Area in Cambridge. Zip down bike lanes of Massachusetts Ave. Be sure to stop and take in the unique architecture along the way, like the MIT Stata Center.

11. From Ramen to Sushi, Italian to Korean Food, Discover the Culinary Wonders of Allston
12. In Search of Weekend Plans?

Explore Fenway Park and cheer on our home team. The Red Sox face off against the Orioles the Saturday and Sunday leading up to the Boston Marathon.

13. See the Central Square Graffiti Street Art

Snap a photo next to the Central Square Graffiti Street Art in Cambridge. See if you can find all of the 10+ vibrant graffiti murals commissioned by local artists, on display throughout the square.

14. Take a trip to the tallest point in all of Somerville

Head over to Prospect Hill Tower and enjoy the city views from this historic stone structure dating back to the mid-1700s.

15. Bike along the Charles River River Esplanade and find the cherry blossoms in full bloom
16. Looking for activities for the whole family?

You can discover scientific wonders of the Museum of Science after your Charles River Esplanade ride.

17. Take part in the Midnight Bike Ride

The Midnight Bike Ride is a once-a-year ride where thousands of bikers take to the street and bike the Boston Marathon route.

18. Travel to Mattapan

While you’re there, discover the Neponset River Greenway, comprised of over 3 miles of protected bike lanes weaving through the forest canopy.

19. Experience the Black Heritage Trail

Explores the history of the 19th century African American community of Boston along the Black Heritage Trail, consisting of 14 historical sites.

20. Travel on the East Boston Greenway

Go for a spin along the East Boston Greenway, a 2.8-mile corridor linking 5 green spaces together. Ride to Piers Park and see the spectacular view Downtown Boston city skyline from the park.

21. Slurp Down One Buck Shucks

Enjoy some of the best seafood in the world. See The Ultimate $1 Oyster Guide for locations.

22. See Fresh Pond in Cambridge

Ride to Fresh Pond located in the highlands of Cambridge. Though bikes are not allowed on the path, you can dock your bike and go for a scenic walk around the pond.

23. Bring the Whole Family to Franklin Park

Plan a weekend picnic for the whole family at Franklin Park in Dorchester. There are walking and biking paths throughout the park, as well as a zoo!

24. Take the Freedom Trail Tour

This walking tour highlights the revolutionary history that took place at 11 of the 16 official Freedom Trail historic sites in Boston.

25. Wander Through Emerald Necklace

Discover the Emerald Necklace, located in the heart of Boston. The Emerald Necklace is a network of parks and green spaces that stretches from Back Bay, runs between Brookline and Jamaica Plain, through Roxbury to Dorchester. Ride across the Muddy River and over historic stone footbridges.

26. (Last But Not Least!) Celebrate Marathon Monday with the Bluebikes Team!

On Marathon Monday, we’ll be at the Back Bay T Stop Bluebikes station from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. During this time, you’ll also have a guaranteed place to dock your bike. Stop by and pick up some Bluebikes swag and meet with other awesome Bluebikes riders.