Grab your pickleball paddle and head to the courts.
Chances are you’ve either played pickleball or have desperately wanted to know what all the buzz is about. Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America and clubs and courts have been popping up everywhere in the Boston suburbs. It’s a fun and easy game to learn – basically just think of it like a mash-up of badminton, tennis and ping-pong.
“I grew up playing tennis and I love pickleball even more,” Boston Strategist Barbara Hirsch says.
She and her family regularly play pickleball with a big neighborhood group. They’ve even turned pickleball games into neighborhood parties complete with music and BBQs.
“It’s been a great way to build community with our neighbors and do something fun with our kids,” she says.
Looking to play pickleball in the Boston suburbs? There are tons of options. We rounded up the best courts for pickleball in the Boston suburbs. Game on!
North of Boston
#1. Marblehead, MA
Marblehead pickleballers can hit the courts at Veterans Middle School. These courts can be reserved online up to seven days in advance for 30-, 60- or 90-minute sessions. And if you get really into it? You can purchase some of the Marblehead Pickleball merch – funds from the branded hats and t-shirts go to maintaining the courts.
For a post-game pick-me-up, Maria’s Java Sun is just a few minutes from the courts.
#2. Melrose, MA
Foss Park is home to several refreshed outdoor pickleball courts – and they’re very popular with locals. Head to the court but be prepared to wait during peak times. But there are plenty of shaded benches and other spots to hang while you wait.
#3. Wakefield, MA
Wakefield residents can enjoy pickleball with a view at the newly-opened Veterans Field courts overlooking Lake Quannapowitt. Residents can reserve a court online and nets are available for rent if you don’t have your own.
West/Southwest of Boston
#4. Medfield, MA
Medfield residents can play pickleball year-round at Kingsbury Club’s indoor courts. Reserve one of the eight fenced-in pickleball courts online, or sign up for Pickleball 101 if you’re still learning the game. Additionally, kids can get in on the fun by joining the Youth Pickleball league.
In addition to pickleball, Kingsbury Club offers fitness classes, aquatics, childcare and events at the on-site restaurant if you decide to become a member.
#5. Natick, MA
Pickleball courts are painted on outdoor tennis courts in Natick’s Connor Heffler Park. Drop-in games can be played throughout the week (check the schedule online for hours and updated court rules). There’s a paved walking path, baseball diamond and playground at the park, too.
#6. Sudbury, MA
Want to learn how to play pickleball? Sign up for a beginner or advanced clinic at the Fairbank Community Center. Once you get the hang of it, you can easily hop into a pick-up game throughout the week. Bring your own paddle if you have one or you can use one of the paddles available onsite.
#7. Wellesley, MA
Barbara and her family play pickleball almost every weekend at her local neighborhood park. What started as a few pick-up games during the pandemic has turned into a popular, weekly event in the community.
“Our kids have also learned to play and the weekly games attract neighbors of all ages. It’s been a great way to build community and have fun,” Barbara says.
South of Boston
#8. Hanover, MA
Pickles in Hanover is another indoor pickleball complex complete with six courts, a players’ lounge and mezzanine viewing. This spot heavily promotes the social aspect of pickleball – so much so that players can grab a beer, glass of wine and snacks pre- or post-game. A variety of membership packages are available depending – choose the right one based on how often you plan to play.
Additional indoor courts are two miles away at Starland Sportsplex & Fun Park. Join a drop-in game at one of the 24 courts before grabbing a refreshment at the coffee shop or outdoor beer garden – or sign up for a clinic or private lessons or join a league if you’re feeling competitive.
#9. Hingham, MA
Pickleball is taking over in Hingham in a big way – and the local rec center classes fill up quickly. If you don’t get into one of the beginner, advanced or drill clinics, sign up for the waitlist. Or, head to the Cronin Courts or the Plymouth River courts (the tennis courts by Plymouth River Elementary School) for a drop-in game.
#10. Scituate, MA
Members can use the indoor pickleball courts at Scituate Racquet & Fitness (SRF) for drop-in games. Lessons and team matches are also held throughout the week so check the schedule for what’s on. Tennis, aerobics, and yoga are also offered at SRF.
#11. Bonus – South Boston
If you find yourself in the city, you’ll want to check out PKL. This new indoor pickleball lounge is trendy, colorful and a ton of fun. Courts can be reserved for up to 12 players so it’s a great place for a big group. There’s a bar with craft cocktails and food, plus a pickleball league and open play days. They even offer trivia nights, DJ dance parties, shuffleboard and cornhole.
Pickleball or otherwise, no matter what you love to do, we’ll help you find a community that’s the right fit for you. Reach out today to get started.