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Boston spring-time events in bloom

As the the area closets it’s winter coats and reaches for spring-time jackets, April school vacationers looking for activities stamped with a Boston zip code can find all sorts of fun in the city.

Community Boating, Inc.:

Community Boating offers free orientation to “Sailing for All” classes this Friday at 5:45 p.m. at its 21 David G. Mugar Way boathouse located on the Charles River Esplanade between the Hatch Shell and the Longfellow Bridge. Incorporated in 1946, CBI is the nation’s oldest public sailing center, offering sailing, and other water sports to people of all ages, abilities and incomes in Boston.

Saturday those classes are offered again at 9:15 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 5:45 p.m.

For more information: 617-523-1038 or email: [email protected].

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum:

Wednesday, April 20 – Saturday, April 23, the museum celebrates the advent of Spring and Earth Day by welcoming guests to take part in it’s “Fresh Expressions” events. Making body-scrubs, and creating custom hanging planters are two of the museum’s many activities designed to celebrate the eclectic artistic past-times of its founder. Art-making, dance, music, singing, storytelling and interactive workshops about the Amazon rainforest are also planned.

Closed Tuesdays, the Museum is open daily 11-5, and Thursdays until 9.

Adults $15.00, Students $5.00, Seniors, $12.00. In honor of Isabella Stewart Gardner, admission of any guest named Isabella is free – everyday!

For Information: 617-566-1401 or

Lynch Family Skating Park:

Part of the Charles River Conservancy, the Lynch Family Skating Park is open from dawn to dusk offering a free and open place for bikers and shredders of all levels to experience an elevated skateboard scene. The 40,000 square foot concrete canyon of bowls, railings and ramps is under the I-93 overpass near the Zachim bridge, adjacent to North Point Park in Cambridge. The Boston/Cambridge park is just a few blocks away from the Museum of Science, open seven days a week and worth a visit any time of year.

The Swan Boats:

Weather permitting, six Swan Boats will be paddling around the lagoon made famous in Massachusetts’ official Children’s Book, “Make Way For Ducklings.” These special boats began floating in the Boston Public Garden in 1877, when Robert Paget encased a foot-propelled catamaran with a swan shape inspired by the opera Lohengrin.

Spring season boat rides glide for about fifteen minutes between 10:00 and 4:00.

Adults $3.50, Children between 2-15 $2.00, Seniors $3.00, Children under 2 are free.