Nostalgia is a dish best served cold. Beacon Hill’s go-to frozen yogurt spot also scoops the region’s renowned yet elusive warm-weather pleasure — the only place in town to do so.
Boyo, 175 Cambridge Street, Beacon Hill (617-227-2696 or boyofroyo.com).
The vital escapist elements: a lounge chair, an outdoor bar, and a chlorine-filled body of water. Add a panoramic urban sunset and you have the ne plus ultra of city rooftop oases, open to the public during the week.
The Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Avenue, Back Bay (617-424-7000 or colonnadehotel.com).
The city’s multigenerational wading pool lets you wiggle your toes amid throngs of squealing preschoolers (who are never cuter than at this time of year).
The Boston Common Frog Pond, Tremont Street, at Boylston Street, Boston Common (617-635-2120 or bostonfrogpond.com).
Drink in the salt-tinged breezes while sipping afternoon cocktails on the second-floor wraparound, overlooking the Boston Harbor. Once you’ve lowered your body temp, head downstairs to (air-conditioned) Louis and get your sartorial heart racing.