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Parks and nature in Boston

Top parks

Park
“If you're walking through the streets of Beacon Hill or the pathways of the Boston Common, you'll notice a building with a golden dome, made from copper and topped with gold. That's the Massachusetts State House, which has been there since 1798 and houses the state's government. There's plenty of Massachusetts history to take in if you visit for a free tour.”
  • 225 locals recommend
Garden
“The Public Garden, also known as the Boston Public Garden, is a large park in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, adjacent to Boston Common. ”
  • 179 locals recommend
Park
“Arnold Arboretum is a lovely Park. It has extensive collections of trees from all over the world, some hundreds of years old. Many education opportunities. ”
  • 180 locals recommend
Zoo
“If you need a day out of the city and a place for the kiddos, make your way to the Franklin Park Zoo. There is plenty of free parking, and the zoo itself is great! Not only does this zoo have multiple play spaces (slides, climbing structures etc.) but there is also a 10,000 sq ft. Playground in the zoo for a break and some lunch. Its a great way to give the kids a break from the regular Boston attractions. ”
  • 54 locals recommend
Plaza
“The main square of the Back Bay area is surrounded by both old and ultra-modern buildings. Its architectural highlight is Trinity Church, a red sandstone building designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson in his distinctive style, known as Richardson Romanesque. Trinity is widely considered to be his finest work. The murals, frescoes, and painted decorations inside are by John La Farge and much of the fine stained glass is by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. Facing it, across a grassy lawn where you can enjoy a picnic lunch with neighborhood office workers, is the Boston Public Library founded in 1848 as the first publicly funded lending library in the country. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Lake
“Great walking, jogging, biking and natural park setting with beautiful views of the pond, which makes you feel like you have escaped the city. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Park
“Walk along the Charles River or have a picnic lunch. Take the kids or dogs out to play.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Park
“This is my favorite park in the city! You'll see most of the skyline from here.”
  • 29 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Park
“This is my favorite park in the city! You'll see most of the skyline from here.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful park with walk and bike paths, public boat rentals, stunning views of the Charles River, and much more!”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“Not to be missed. Take the free tour. 16 Minutes by Car (without traffic) 40 minutes by public transportation”
  • 18 locals recommend
Playground
“Great place to play frisbee, softball, watch cricket or soccer, and to picnic or bring kids to play on the swings. There is also live music at the park in the summer”
  • 16 locals recommend
Playground
“Just take the MBTA Blue Line to Orient Heights and spend the day at Constitution Beach. Among the park’s amenities are a bathhouse, tennis and handball courts, a baseball field, a picnic area, a concession stand, and a playground. It’s no wonder it’s one of the city’s most popular beaches. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Park
“Local park adjacent to harvard square and across from harvard yard. About a five minute walk.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“Great place to view the skyline of Boston, it serves as a background for a soccer pitch and basketball court”
  • 11 locals recommend
Park
“At the entrance to the North End, Christopher Columbus Park is just a lovely view. Water, great path under an arbor. Near the Aquarium. ”
  • 8 locals recommend

Beaches

Beach
“Only one stop away on on the Red Line (JFK stop, exit near the traffic circle and go across it diagonally to get to Carson Beach) this is a long walkable beach with nice clean Victorian Bath houses with a good sandwich shop, you can spend the day. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Beach
“Nantasket Beach is sandy, clean, parking $15.00. Walk to restaurants, beautiful views. If you are a adventurer there is a rock at the end of the beach that children can explore along the walk over at low tide. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Beach
“This beach is very close to us. Perfect for a nice walk, run or just hang loose. Lori Scott offer beach yoga on Sunday at 8am. across from Hollis ave. Classes $10 p/p drop in, no need to sign up. ( June - September) we have beach mat in common area you can use. I might see you there. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Beach
“Nice place to bring kids, water is shallow but clean, good playground next to it.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Island
“Head to Long Wharf and jump on a ferry to George's Island. This 45 minute boat ride will take you to Fort Warren (CIvil War). ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Beach
  • 4 locals recommend
Beach
“The CLEANEST urban water and beaches in the United States - we mean it - Yes, we swim in it all the time - including New Year's Day!”
  • 7 locals recommend
Beach
  • 1 local recommends

Trails

Trail
“Beautiful hikes through woods and coastal inlets. Short hikes for all the family and longer trails for those with more stamina.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Historic Site
“This free self-guided walking tour of downtown and Charleston historic sites is a great way to introduce yourself to the city. High points are the Paul Revere House and the USS Constitution in the Charleston Navy Yard. You can also rent audio tour gear or have a guided tour as well by checking in at the Boston Common.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Trail
“Beautiful place for picnic, romantic walks with great view of Boston skyline.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Trail
“Biking & walking trail. Beautiful during daylight hours. It's a bit secluded, so I'd avoid it after dark.”
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“Incredibly beautiful, peaceful oceanside park with lots of rustic trails over varying terrain with stunning views of the Dorchester and Quincy Bays. It's a great place to get away from it all and commune with nature. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“Public park & watershed conservation site, with walking trails, a perennial garden & an orchard.”
  • 1 local recommends
Trail
“World's End is a 251-acre park and conservation area located on a peninsula in Hingham, Massachusetts. The peninsula is bordered by the Weir River to the North and East and Hingham Harbor to the West.”
  • 1 local recommends
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