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Boston is one of the most beautiful cities to visit in the Northeast. Here you will discover majestic historical landmarks, charming neighborhoods like North End, and many gorgeous public parks to enjoy. Boston is known for its unique Emerald Necklace chain of parks maintained by the Boston Parks and Recreations department. If you're in the city and want to take a break from all the sightseeing to get a breath of fresh air amidst beautiful natural scenery, check out this list of some of the best Boston parks.

The Boston Common is probably the most well-known public park in Boston and the oldest city park in the United States. It has 50 acres of open green spaces, fountains and the famous Frog Pond which is a public swimming pool in the summer and turns into an ice skating rink in the winter. Bostonians like to come here to walk, run and bike through its various trails and pathways and relax in front of its huge lake. The park has various monuments and memorials and is the end point for Boston's famous Freedom Trail attraction. Be sure to stop on the bridge and take some pictures, but also watch as the park's signature swan boats float by.




Boston City  The Boston Public gardens

The Boston Public gardens are another Boston park that is a joy to visit. Located right next to Boston Common, you will find various flower beds and different varieties of trees and other plants. Check out the weeping willows, the many roses and flowering shrubs. Also don't miss the many statues located around the park, including the equestrian statue of George Washington at the Arlington Street Gate.

Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum is one of the most beautiful Boston parks. This Boston Park is a bit more formal than other parks in the area and it's mostly made for enjoying the different trees and plants species, but also the many flower varieties. If you're here during April, ask to see when Lilac Sunday is, which the only day of the year when picnicking is allowed.

In the heart of Boston, you will find another gem of a park, the Norman B. Leventhal Park. This Boston park has numerous biking and walking trails, and it's the perfect place to unwind and get away from all the city noise and traffic. It also has free Wi-Fi internet connection and provides other amenities such as Library on the Lawn and foam seat cushions where you can settle in to enjoy some reading. During the summer, relax away your worries to the sounds of local musicians. The Norman B. Leventhal Park is also a prime place for people-watching.


Boston City  -  Leventhal Park

Another great Boston park is the Jamaica Pond which is a favorite site for walking, biking and running for Bostonians with its mixture of pavement, dirt and sand paths. There are also vast grassy fields where you can kick back, have a picnic, throw a Frisbee, play with your kids and just enjoy the beautiful view of the pond.

If you're looking to get out of the city, then check out the Boston state parks that are located not too far from the city. Some beautiful Boston state parks that are not too far that are the Lowell Heritage State Park, and the Moore State park and Otter River State Forest in Worcester.


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Boston City  -  Jamaica Pond

Best Boston Parks

  1. Boston Common
  2. The Boston Public Garden
  3. Harvard University's Arnold Arboretum
  4. The Esplanade
  5. The Cambridge Center Roof Garden
  6. The Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
  7. The Arnold Arboretum
  8. Boston office Square Park
  9. HarborWalk
  10. Jamaica Pond
  11. The Charles River
  12. Fort Independence Park
  13. East Boston Pier Park