Can you remember when it used to be the central artery? Say what you will about the long term efficacy of the Big Dig, sticking that mess underground bound the city together. Previously, if you wanted to get from Faneuil Hall to the North End, you would have had to walk through a you-know-what soaked tunnel under the highway. Sure, you might have seen Sidewalk Sam, and gained valuable firsthand olfactory training in the art of improper hydration, but still, it was gross. Nowadays you stay above ground and walk through the Greenway…and you still might see Sidewalk Sam, it’s quite an upgrade.
Why not make the Greenway your destination rather than your path from here to there? You’ll find great art installations and water fountains made specifically to cool you off. They even have scavenger hunts. Click on “things to do” and “things to see” on the Greenway’s website and you’ll be shocked at how much time you’ll want to spend in the location formerly known as the Central Artery.