“The Z” Zips Into The Kennedy Greenway

Posted August 7, 2017 by Brian Keaney in Urban Living
Don't miss out on The-Z this summer at The Greenway.

Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird!  It’s a plane!

No, it’s a pair of Bostonians zipping above the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway on The Z, the Greenway’s newest attraction. The Z is a 220-foot long zip line that begins near Clinton Street and takes riders to the landing spot near North Street. Riders soar along parallel cords from three stories in the air, offering terrific views of the Custom House Tower, Christopher Columbus Park, the North End, Faneuil Hall, and the Boston Harbor.

The Z was busy on a recent sunny afternoon, with local office workers crowding the Greenway for their chance to cruise along. Laura Christian and Joanna Dempsy came down on their lunch break to check it out. After grabbing lunch from one of the nearby food trucks, the two ascended the 30-foot tower and raced each other down.

“It was a lot of fun,” Christian said. “It sure beats sitting in an office.”

The zip line will open daily at 11 through October, but don’t wait too long to go as closing times vary. Full details can be found on their webpage.

Nearby, smaller thrill seekers splashed in one of the seven fountains that the Greenway offers, or took a ride on the carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove. This unique attraction features creatures that any New Englander is sure to recognize and appreciate, including a lobster, cod, seal, and several land animals as well.

For their parents, the new Trillium Beer Garden provides refreshing brews in a beautiful outdoor space. Once again, though, don’t dally in arriving as lines form well before most offices shut down at 5:00. With a rotating menu of a dozen different beers, there is something to please every palate. The garden is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but good beer, good company, and good views of the water through the Boston Harbor Hotel arch can be enjoyed the rest of the week.

Especially with the addition of The Z, there is truly something for everyone on the Greenway these days. On a given afternoon young mothers can be seen pushing carriages, college students are laying out and collecting as many rays of sun as they can, and nearby office workers dodge joggers as they enjoy a few minutes outside of their cubicles. In the evening, concerts and movies are the big attractions. A few block south, the Boston Calling Block Parties are held in Dewey Square every Thursday evening. Berklee College sends several of their talented musicians to the North End parks on Fridays, and the Coolidge Corner Theatre sets up a big outdoor screen in the Wharf District on several Tuesdays to show movies. Next up is King Kong on August 8th at dusk.

With all of this to do, eat, see, and more, the Greenway’s interactive map is your best bet to get the latest information on all the happenings this summer and beyond.