Guide to Tennis in Boston

Boston Common by Jeff Gunn, Flickr

Boston Common by Jeff Gunn, Flickr

Residents of Boston have cause to be proud of their hometown, nicknamed Bean Town. The city and surrounding towns are a historian’s mecca of historical landmarks and architecture dating back to colonial days and world-class museums. Sports fans can enjoy year-round events. World-renown educational institutes call the greater Boston area home. Cultural and entertainment opportunities abound. And residents’ love for their city and fellow Bostonians’ couldn’t have been more evident than their responses to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and subsequent events, which can be summed up in one phrase, “Boston Strong.”

And like all things Boston, tennis facilities are plentiful and often well maintained. Between tours of the Harvard Campus, listening to jazz at the Beehive, and learning how to sail on the Charles River, work in a tennis match or a few games. Check out the Boston tennis courts featured below.

Boston Common

One of Boston’s major tourist attractions is the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail that twists through the city and introduces visitors to 16 historical sites that played a role in our country’s earliest days. Take a tennis break from the Freedom Trail in Boston Common at one of the two available courts in this urban park. This is your opportunity to play a few games or a set in America’s oldest park (founded in 1634). Located in the heart of downtown Boston, the 46-acre park has drawn a crowd since its earliest days when visitors have included Generals Washington and Lafayette, Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope John Paul II.

But these days, the Commons hosts numerous festivals, including Shakespeare in the Park, and is a magnet for locals to enjoy those precious few warm, sunny New England days. Because the courts are outdoors, needless to say you’ll want to save your tennis match for a warmer day on these free courts (and yes, there can be a wait).

Explore the Charles River and play tennis at Mount Auburn Tennis Club

The Charles River could be considered the pulse of Boston, snaking 80 miles through Massachusetts from the town of Hopkinton down to the Boston Harbor. Considered one of the world’s busiest recreational rivers, the lower portion of the river is where much of the action occurs—sailing and rowing clubhouses dot the shoreline as most every type of watercraft can be found on its waters. Stroll the Charles River path at sunrise and sunset as row teams seemingly effortlessly glide across the water in streamlined boats.

Located less than a mile from the Charles River in Watertown, which borders Cambridge, Mount Auburn Club offers non-members the opportunity to participate in private lessons and clinics when your exploring the curves of the river. The club boasts 11 indoor and outdoor courts, so you don’t have to forgo tennis just because of a little snowstorm or 15-degree weather. Whether you simply need a respite from New England’s infamous bitter cold or want to fit in a game before you take to the water, check out Mount Auburn Tennis Club.

MIT DuPont Courts

Many people have heard of the prestigious research university MIT that is held in high regard for turning out brilliant minds in the fields of science, engineering, and technology. As you explore Cambridge’s picturesque squares, be sure to stop by the MIT Museum, which features fascinating exhibits, which include robots and one devoted to the rich history of the Polaroid camera.

Although few can claim the distinction of attending or graduating from MIT, you can however boast that you’ve played tennis on the campus blooming with tech prodigies. The school’s 12-lighted outdoor courts are open until 10 p.m. Monday – Thursday, 9 p.m. on Friday and Sunday, and 6 p.m. on Saturdays.  However, you must reserve an outdoor court up to a week in advance (call 617-253-9485). Four indoor courts are open from October 1st – April 30th to shield you from Boston’s unforgiving winter weather. Keep in mind, however, that the courts are closed to the public from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., which is free court time for MIT students only.




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