Dodging the Irish Mob at Carson Beach in South Boston, MA
Carson Beach is packed in the summer, as mobs of Southie natives take to the (frankly questionable) water. It mellows out considerably in the cooler months, though, and becomes a prime destination for picnics and long games of tag. Stroll down the pier to Castle Island, epicenter of sea defense for Boston during the American Revolution (and rumored favorite body-dumping locale of infamous mobster Whitey Bulger), or sit on a bench and watch the planes take off from nearby Logan Airport. Even in the dead of winter, it's worth it to bundle up and take a stroll across the sand, lining your pockets with copious fistfuls of seaglass or small stones beaten smooth by the waves. On January 1st, start your year off with a shock: stop by to catch the L Street Brownies' annual Polar Plunge into the frigid water.