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February 10, 2015 |  1606 Views
The Best Active-Date Ideas in Boston
Go Carts, Yoga, Boating...
By Bob Curry

Boating on the Charles


Didn’t make Crew at Harvard? You can still glide past Cambridge and under the Smoot Bridge with Charles River Canoe & Kayak, which rents single and double kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards by the hour or day from its Kendall Square location. Veteran Move: Do a one-way rental between the Kendall and Allston/Brighton locations, then take the T back when you’re done. https://www.paddleboston.com/kendall/oneway.php



Rock Climbing



Boston is blessed with two excellent indoor rock-climbing facilities — the Boston Rock Gym in Woburn (the second-oldest in the U.S.) and Rock Spot in Dedham (and soon, in South Boston as well). Each has dozens of rope courses from beginner to advanced as well as bouldering areas, instruction, and equipment rentals and sales. Veteran Move: If you or your date is a beginner, use of one the auto-belay stations to make climbing simple and safe. http://www.bostonrockgym.com/ and http://www.rockspotclimbing.com/


Boston Harbor Mini Speed Boats Tour



Boston's historical skyline sets the backdrop for aquatic adventures aboard Boston Harbor Mini Speed Boats' fleet of F-13 speedboats. The two-person vessels require no boating license, letting customers steer their own way across Boston Harbor and the Charles River. Kept on-course by a team of guides piloting the lead boat, excursions speed past well-known sights such as the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Fort Independence, and the USS Constitution, whose wooden masts stretch towards the sky like a ballerina who let go of her birthday balloon.




Filthy, sweaty, and covered in welts might not sound like the ideal way to walk away from a first date, but playing paintball is adrenaline-pumping fun — and a great way to get a read on the inner character of your prospective SO. Boston Paintball in Chelsea has two huge indoor playing fields, and you can join an open game or line up some friendly couples and put together your own team for the ultimate double date. Veteran Move: Remember, there is honor in sacrifice, so always have your date’s back no matter how hot the paintball action gets.



Go Karts



Put your budding relationship to the competitive test at F1 Boston, an indoor go-kart racing facility with a pair of multilevel tracks (City and Country) where you can suit up, grab a helmet, and start racing in fast, fun go-karts that will put those at your local amusement park to shame. Veteran Move: Win or lose, pick up the tab at the trackside bar after the race. http://www.f1boston.com/





The Charles River Bike Path is your best choice for a rolling date: the path runs 23 miles from downtown to Newton and affording constant views of the river from both sides as well as landmarks such as the Museum of Science, the Hatch Shell, and the Watertown Dam. MassBike has more information: http://massbike.org/  Veteran Move: Rent a tandem bike from Urban AdvenTours (http://www.urbanadventours.com/) for some old-timey romance.





An afternoon stroll along the 2.5-mile freedom trail is a great icebreaker as well as a lovely way to see the city on foot; stops include the Boston Common, the Old North Church, the site of the Boston Massacre, and the U.S.S. Constitution. The trail ends at the Bunker Hill monument: climb the stairs inside the 225-foot granite obelesk for great views of the city. http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/ Veteran Move: Impress your date with your knowledge of Revolutionary War history by pointing out that the monument is actually on Breed’s Hill, which is also where most of the fighting took place back in 1775.


Explore the Harbor Islands



Recent improvements have once again made Boston’s historic Harbor Islands a beacon for outdoor activities, from swimming on Spectacle Island to exploring Fort Warren on Georges Island and hiking Peddocks Island. Veteran Move: Feeling a little adventurous? Kayak to the islands and sleep over at one of the campsites on Bumpkin, Grape, Lovells, and Peddocks islands. http://bostonharborislands.org/


Black Light Hip-Hop Yoga



If you had to pick three phrases that don’t belong together, it doesn’t get much more jarring than “black light,” “hip-hop” and “yoga.” Yet somehow this crazy mashup of vinyasa, hardcore rap and classic hippy mood lighting works. Classes are held at Back Bay Yoga and are extremely popular, so reserve early and don’t be late or you won’t get in. Veteran Move: Wear your whitest workout garb to make the grooviest impression. http://www.backbayyoga.com/


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