The Best Parks in Boston, Massachusetts

Photo of Natalie Guerrero
9 February 2017

Boston, Massachusetts is so much more than just a city. Besides being home to the gorgeous Charles River, Boston is also home to many beautiful parks. This is your guide to some of the best parks in the city.

Rose Kennedy Greenway | © Andrew Nash/flickr

Boston Public Garden

The Boston Public Garden is the perfect place to go on a relaxing walk or stroll. With greenery surrounding its borders, the Boston Public Garden proves to be a great place to take some time for yourself and enjoy the beauty of Boston. Boston is truly at its best in the Public Garden.

Watch out for: The romantic swan boats in the lagoon!

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Boston Common trees changing color in the fall | © H. Michael Karshis/ flickr

Boston Common

The Boston Common is located at the tail end of Newbury street and is the center of the city, connecting many different areas to each other. The Boston common is a great place to lie out and get a tan on a sunny summer day or go ice skating with friends around Christmas time. The Boston Common is malleable, and each season brings something new and exciting to the Boston community.

Watch out for: Flashmobs in the park!

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The Boston Public Garden | © Dave levy/ flickr

Charles River Esplanade

The Esplanade is a great place for peace and quiet, people watching, or exercising. The parks runs parallel to the Charles river and has a beautiful view of downtown Boston. With a pathway made for joggers, walkers, bikers, there is a lot of room to get active at the Charles River Esplanade.

Watch out for: Rowers on the river and the Head of the Charles Regatta!

The Esplanade | © Robert Lowe/flickr

The Emerald Necklace

The Emerald Necklace is a beautiful, fun way to get some fresh air in Boston. Coming from the center of Boston and extending into Brookline, this park connects two communities and has many fun activities for all ages. The Emerald Necklace is a park that encourages getting up and getting active.

Watch out for: Yoga-fest in the park!

Boston Parks | © Arek Olek/ flickr

Rose Kennedy Greenway

This rooftop urban park winds through and connects several different neighborhoods in Boston including Chinatown, the financial district, and the North End. This park was built to raise funds for the city but now gives back to the community in so many ways from events to community service.

Opening Hours: 7am-11pm

Watch out for: The Chinatown Stream

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