Explore Boston’s Emerald Necklace

One of the many great things about Boston is our many public parks. Despite being a hustling and bustling city, Boston still has plenty of open green space for you and your family to enjoy.

Starting in the Spring, these parks get busier as kids and families head outside to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. In fact, Boston’s Emerald Necklace—a 1,100 acre chain of parks connected by parkways and waterways—is one of a kind and very popular among Bostonians. The Emerald Necklace is made up of nine parks, starting at Boston Common in Downtown Boston and ending at Franklin Park in Jamaica Plain.

Here are two of our favorites:

Arnold Arboretum: A short trip on the MBTA Orange Line or 39 bus will drop you off within walking distance of the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain. The park is open 365 days of the year and is free for all visitors.

The Arboretum was founded in the late 1800s as plant and biology research ground for Harvard University. Since then, it’s become a living museum and go-to spot for Boston residents to get out and enjoy the fresh air.

The Arboretum is home to many events as well – and April marks the beginning of the Arboretum’s main season of free general tours and themed tours. Head to their website to learn more. It’s a great opportunity to stretch your legs and get in some activity – all while learning about the Arboretum from expert docents! One event you won’t want to miss is the Arboretum’s annual Lilac Sunday on May 8 from 10am-3pm. Lilac Sunday is a time for visitors to enjoy one of the most premier lilac collections in the country.

Back Bay Fens: Named for Fenway Park, the Back Bay Fens is a parkland and urban wild in the heart of Boston. It’s easily accessible from all of the MBTA Green Lines and even Orange Line. Check out this map if you need more info!

The park is home to many structures, gardens (both formal gardens and community gardens), and ball fields, and sure to appeal to different interests. On any given day, you’ll find a range of locals—from kids, to teens, to adults, and the elderly—enjoying a baseball or soccer game, jogging the track, or just taking a casual stroll along the trails.

A bonus – if your kid is a history buff, there’s plenty to see as well. There are multiple historical memorials and monuments scattered around the Fens. The park is also surrounded by some of the city’s leading cultural and educational institutions.

These two parks, and seven more, are ready for you to explore! Get out there and enjoy them today!

(Photo courtesy of National Geographic)


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