Best parks in Boston

Check out the top parks in Boston, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Boston Common
1. Boston Common
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61 local reviews
139 Tremont Street, Boston
Open now
+1 617-635-4505
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Alex
A nice refuge from the city right in downtown Boston, Boston Common is worth checking out. The massive park i…
Matt
I love grabbing lunch at one of the nearby pizza or sandwich shops and chilling out for an hour in this park. …
vivek
The Oldest city central parks with Swan boats, and fund thing to do with kids. Boston Common (also known as t…
1. Boston Common
1. Boston Common
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61 local reviews
139 Tremont Street, Boston
Open now
+1 617-635-4505
Alex
Alex
A nice refuge from the city right in downtown Boston, Boston Common is worth checking out. The massive park is home to many sun bathers and…
Matt
Matt
I love grabbing lunch at one of the nearby pizza or sandwich shops and chilling out for an hour in this park. Incredible public space and a …
vivek
vivek
The Oldest city central parks with Swan boats, and fund thing to do with kids. Boston Common (also known as the Common) is a central public…
2. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
2. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
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92 local reviews
125 Arborway, Boston
Open now
+1 617-524-1718
ParkUniversityPoint of interest
Kenneth
Amazing walking and running trails; abundant horticulture and views, all designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, s…
Cara
Beautifully landscaped parks and gardens for walking. A part of Harvard University, all trees are tagged with …
Julie + Seven
There are miles of paths, beautifully maintained. Great for a walk or a run, and you can stay on or off the be…
2. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
2. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
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92 local reviews
125 Arborway, Boston
Open now
+1 617-524-1718
Kenneth
Kenneth
Amazing walking and running trails; abundant horticulture and views, all designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, same landscape architect who de…
Cara
Cara
Beautifully landscaped parks and gardens for walking. A part of Harvard University, all trees are tagged with their species name and origin…
Julie + Seven
Julie + Seven
There are miles of paths, beautifully maintained. Great for a walk or a run, and you can stay on or off the beaten path throughout this 280+…
3. Jamaica Pond
3. Jamaica Pond
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59 local reviews
Jamaica Pond, Boston
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Julian
Jamaica Pond is a kettle pond, part of the Emerald Necklace of parks in Boston designed by Frederick Law Olmst…
 Cynthia and Paul
Iconic park in Boston. Part of the Emerald Necklace created by Fredrick Law Olmstead. Beautiful views, 1.3 mil…
Jean-Ellen
Great jogging park. In good weather you can take sailing lessons on the pond.
3. Jamaica Pond
3. Jamaica Pond
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59 local reviews
Jamaica Pond, Boston
Julian
Julian
Jamaica Pond is a kettle pond, part of the Emerald Necklace of parks in Boston designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The pond and park are in t…
 Cynthia and Paul
Cynthia and Paul
Iconic park in Boston. Part of the Emerald Necklace created by Fredrick Law Olmstead. Beautiful views, 1.3 mile circuit around it, boathouse…
Jean-Ellen
Jean-Ellen
Great jogging park. In good weather you can take sailing lessons on the pond.
4. House of Blues Boston
4. House of Blues Boston
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11 local reviews
15 Lansdowne Street, Boston
+1 888-693-2583
BarNight clubRestaurant
Ali
Variety of Music and bars right by Fenway park
Michael
Great venue for musical performances located across the street from Fenway Park.
Anna
Check out a concert!
4. House of Blues Boston
4. House of Blues Boston
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11 local reviews
15 Lansdowne Street, Boston
+1 888-693-2583
Ali
Ali
Variety of Music and bars right by Fenway park
Michael
Michael
Great venue for musical performances located across the street from Fenway Park.
Anna
Anna
Check out a concert!
5. Highland Park
5. Highland Park
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5 local reviews
Highland Park, Boston
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Michelle
Olmstead designed park. Site of revolutionary war battle fortifications for the seige of Boston.Standpipe buil…
Jonathan
A Boston Siege site, the park sits on the high fort, & my home sits across from the low fort. It was an earth …
Michelle
Olmstead designed park. Site of revolutionary war battle fortifications for the seige of Boston.Standpipe buil…
5. Highland Park
5. Highland Park
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5 local reviews
Highland Park, Boston
Michelle
Michelle
Olmstead designed park. Site of revolutionary war battle fortifications for the seige of Boston.Standpipe built by Roxbury architect Nathani…
Jonathan
Jonathan
A Boston Siege site, the park sits on the high fort, & my home sits across from the low fort. It was an earth fort constructed by Henry Knox…
Michelle
Michelle
Olmstead designed park. Site of revolutionary war battle fortifications for the seige of Boston.Standpipe built by Roxbury architect Nathani…
6. Franklin Park Zoo
6. Franklin Park Zoo
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31 local reviews
1 Franklin Park Road, Boston
Closed now
+1 617-541-5466
ZooParkPoint of interest
Orion
The zoo is located within Franklin Park. The zoo is a great activity with kids, but there is also a golf cours…
Katharine (Kit) and Scott
Beautiful park for walking or bicycle riding. Zoo with indoor and outdoor exhibits - good for young children. …
Helder
The zoo is set in Franklin Park, which is Boston's largest green space- akin to Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The…
6. Franklin Park Zoo
6. Franklin Park Zoo
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31 local reviews
1 Franklin Park Road, Boston
Closed now
+1 617-541-5466
Orion
Orion
The zoo is located within Franklin Park. The zoo is a great activity with kids, but there is also a golf course in the park, a wilderness ar…
Katharine (Kit) and Scott
Katharine (Kit) and Scott
Beautiful park for walking or bicycle riding. Zoo with indoor and outdoor exhibits - good for young children. Walking distance (about 6 bloc…
Helder
Helder
The zoo is set in Franklin Park, which is Boston's largest green space- akin to Prospect Park in Brooklyn. The park itself is just a 5 minut…
7. Fenway Park
7. Fenway Park
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105 local reviews
4 Yawkey Way, Boston
+1 877-733-7699
StadiumPoint of interestEstablishment
Perry
Fenway Park. Hallowed ground to baseball purists, this cozy, quirky park has been the Boston Red Sox home fiel…
Jeff
Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, is one of the top destinations for locals and visitors to Boston. Th…
Misha
The sprawling Fenway-Kenmore area is home to baseball’s iconic Fenway Park, drawing huge crowds for Red Sox ga…
7. Fenway Park
7. Fenway Park
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105 local reviews
4 Yawkey Way, Boston
+1 877-733-7699
Perry
Perry
Fenway Park. Hallowed ground to baseball purists, this cozy, quirky park has been the Boston Red Sox home field since 1912. The most distinc…
Jeff
Jeff
Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, is one of the top destinations for locals and visitors to Boston. The park opened in 1912, and is …
Misha
Misha
The sprawling Fenway-Kenmore area is home to baseball’s iconic Fenway Park, drawing huge crowds for Red Sox games. Student hangouts and buzz…
8. Larz Anderson Park
8. Larz Anderson Park
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3 local reviews
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Kenneth
Beautiful public park, outdoor ice skating rink in-season, and a vintage auto museum
Molly
The 64-acre park contains the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, the oldest automobile collection in the country, as w…
Molly
The 64-acre park contains the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, the oldest automobile collection in the country, as w…
8. Larz Anderson Park
8. Larz Anderson Park
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3 local reviews
Kenneth
Kenneth
Beautiful public park, outdoor ice skating rink in-season, and a vintage auto museum
Molly
Molly
The 64-acre park contains the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, the oldest automobile collection in the country, as well as Putterham School, a one…
Molly
Molly
The 64-acre park contains the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, the oldest automobile collection in the country, as well as Putterham School, a one…
9. Cambridge Common Restaurant
9. Cambridge Common Restaurant
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9 local reviews
1667 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Open now
+1 617-547-1228
BarRestaurantFood
Kjersti
Well, not really Nature, but a large park with lawns big enough to hang out, play soccer, or throw a frisbee. …
Katie and Nate
Another go-to for casual, sit-down american food. Great food and great prices. And tons of beers on tap. They …
Kristin
This is an affordable, popular neighborhood restaurant. Average-to-good food at good prices. There's a big b…
9. Cambridge Common Restaurant
9. Cambridge Common Restaurant
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9 local reviews
1667 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Open now
+1 617-547-1228
Kjersti
Kjersti
Well, not really Nature, but a large park with lawns big enough to hang out, play soccer, or throw a frisbee. And with a good playground for…
Katie and Nate
Katie and Nate
Another go-to for casual, sit-down american food. Great food and great prices. And tons of beers on tap. They have parking in the back!
Kristin
Kristin
This is an affordable, popular neighborhood restaurant. Average-to-good food at good prices. There's a big bar in the center, and TV viewi…
10. Fresh Pond
10. Fresh Pond
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15 local reviews
Fresh Pond, Cambridge
Natural featureEstablishment
Anatole
Whether you need to jog, walk or just get quiet time, the Fresh Pond Reservoir provides a safe 2 1/2 mile pave…
Peter
Park with hiking/jogging trail around reservoir, and public golf course.
Steve
Park and walk around the pond is beautiful and a great nature spot for walkers, babies, kids, and runners alik…
10. Fresh Pond
10. Fresh Pond
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15 local reviews
Fresh Pond, Cambridge
Anatole
Anatole
Whether you need to jog, walk or just get quiet time, the Fresh Pond Reservoir provides a safe 2 1/2 mile paved walking/jogging/cycle pathwa…
Peter
Peter
Park with hiking/jogging trail around reservoir, and public golf course.
Steve
Steve
Park and walk around the pond is beautiful and a great nature spot for walkers, babies, kids, and runners alike!
11. Mount Auburn Cemetery
11. Mount Auburn Cemetery
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29 local reviews
580 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge
Open now
+1 617-547-7105
CemeteryPoint of interestEstablishment
Lisa
It may sound a little morbid, but this cemetery was actually one of the nation's first parks. The scenery is a…
Demerson
It might sound kooky or goth to recommend you tour cemetery, but Mount Auburn is one of the most gorgeous park…
Peipei
One of our favorite places to go any time of the year. Not touristy, nice and quiet, good for bird-watching an…
11. Mount Auburn Cemetery
11. Mount Auburn Cemetery
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29 local reviews
580 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge
Open now
+1 617-547-7105
Lisa
Lisa
It may sound a little morbid, but this cemetery was actually one of the nation's first parks. The scenery is actually quite beautiful, espec…
Demerson
Demerson
It might sound kooky or goth to recommend you tour cemetery, but Mount Auburn is one of the most gorgeous parks in the metro Boston area. D…
Peipei
Peipei
One of our favorite places to go any time of the year. Not touristy, nice and quiet, good for bird-watching and animal-watching (bunny, chip…
12. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
12. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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96 local reviews
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Closed now
+1 617-267-9300
MuseumPoint of interestEstablishment
Ziyad
Don't bother driving, you'll spend more time looking for parking then if you walked. Nice place to eat lunch …
Philip
A beautiful park infront of the museum. Probably a must for any museum geek visiting Boston.
Perry
The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation’s centennial. Built in Copley Squa…
12. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
12. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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96 local reviews
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston
Closed now
+1 617-267-9300
Ziyad
Ziyad
Don't bother driving, you'll spend more time looking for parking then if you walked. Nice place to eat lunch as well.
Philip
Philip
A beautiful park infront of the museum. Probably a must for any museum geek visiting Boston.
Perry
Perry
The original MFA opened its doors to the public on July 4, 1876, the nation’s centennial. Built in Copley Square, the MFA was then home to 5…