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Parks and Gardens

Parks and Gardens
Parks and Gardens

© Andrew Watson

A string of nine continuous parks spanning 1,100 acres, affectionately known as the Emerald Necklace, surround the city of Boston with the expressed intent of providing a respite from the noise and overcrowding of city life.

Visionaries have reshaped natural landscapes since Boston's colonial days creating areas for active play and peaceful contemplation. Most notably, the nation's very first botanical garden, the Boston Public Garden (est. 1837) sits atop a former salt marsh, demonstrating that beauty can indeed transcend its muddy roots.

Boston | Parks and Gardens

Arnold Arboretum
  • Arnold Arboretum
  • The oldest public arboretum in North America, the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University stretches over 265 acres in the Jamaica Plain and Roslindale sections of Boston.
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Back Bay Fens
  • Back Bay Fens
  • Several enjoyable parks and gardens are located within Boston's city limits, but the one that's very close to most Bostonians' hearts is the Back Bay Fens, and not just because of its proximity to Fenway Park.
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Boston Public Garden
Charles River Esplanade
  • Charles River Esplanade
  • One of the most peaceful places in Boston is along the banks of the Charles River, on a long strip of park land known as the Esplanade. Sailboats drift by gently, brushed along by the wind like tranquil swans.
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Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
  • Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
  • Right in the middle of busy North End Boston, just across the street from Faneuil Hall, and fronting Boston harbor, lies one of the most distinctive, versatile and adored parks Boston has to offer - Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park.
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Emerald Necklace
  • Emerald Necklace
  • To enjoy one of Boston's most prized treasures, you don't need to rob a bank or go to a high-security display. It's not under glass or hidden from the world— Boston's own Emerald Necklace is more priceless and beautiful than any single artifact that could be stored or acquired.
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Lowell National Historic Park
  • Lowell National Historic Park
  • Though Lowell, Massachusetts is only one among a number of industrial New England towns, its historical significance remains undisputed. At Lowell National Historic Park, visitors may view firsthand the working components of one of America's leading industrial cities.
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Plimoth Plantation
  • Plimoth Plantation
  • Entering the Plantation and walking down the hill to a farm busy with livestock, you'll feel like you stepped right off the Mayflower into the established, lively colony of Plimoth in 1627.
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Swan Pond
  • Swan Pond
  • Located amidst the gorgeous Boston Common and Public Gardens, the Swan Pond features the famous Swan Boats, ducks, swans, and a beautifully architected footbridge over the water.
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