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Top park recommendations from locals

Park
“Boston Common/Public Garden was created in 1634 and has 80 species of plant. There are places for lunch, picnic and beautiful sight seeing.”
  • 228 locals recommend
Garden
“Right next to Boston Common lives the Public Gardens. Beautifully landscaped and well manicured, the gardens attract locals and visitors all year round. Stop by the "Make way for ducklings" statue and take a ride on the swan boats. Make sure to see the Washington statue before you head on your way. Its a beautiful way to spend the morning in Boston. ”
  • 180 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. ”
  • 182 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. ”
  • 53 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. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Park
“Walk along the Charles River or have a picnic lunch. Take the kids or dogs out to play.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Park
“This is my favorite park in the city! You'll see most of the skyline from here.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Park
“Unique outdoor venue with lawn games, swings that light up at night, music, food and drinks. Seasonal. For all ages.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Music Venue
“Enjoy a fun early morning or afternoon jog and see the famous Hatch shell. Its a great place to view the 4th of July fireworks and they hold classical concerts there.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Garden
“Amazing! The oldest WWII war food public gardens in the USA. Now residents of Boston can use them for plant or food gardening.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“The Swan Boats are a fleet of pontoon pleasure boats which operate in a pond in the Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Swan Boats have been in operation since 1877, and have since become a cultural icon for the city. They operate beginning the second weekend of April and ending the third weekend in September.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Public Art
“Turn right on Hanover or left on Salem and keep walking until you get to the stoplight. Cross the road and you have hit the Greenway. If you turn left on it, you can follow it down the city. It's a little slice of greenery in the city that is lovely for a walk, to sit and swing, sunbathe, have a picnic, or just people watch. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Park
“Beautiful bike, walking trails, bridges, nature along the river, with best views of Cambridge and the river. Enjoy walks and sunsets or just get away from the noise of the city”
  • 24 locals recommend
College Quad
“Bustling and beautiful - see the statue of John Harvard and the classic buildings of the quad”
  • 19 locals recommend
Lake
“The Boston Commons are an iconic part of historical Boston. You can see the classic make way for ducklings statue, and have a nice walk!”
  • 16 locals recommend