Boston Parks Overview

Christopher Columbus Park - Park in Boston

Boston’s park system is actually an intricately designed grouping of nine separate green spaces dubbed the Emerald Necklace. Designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, the seven miles of space that extends from Boston Common all the way to Franklin Park is home to the city’s best sunbathing and picnic spots, places to play sports, outdoor activities, jogging and bike paths, and more.

The parks in Boston are all connected, but by far the most well known is Boston Common. Created in 1634, the fifty-acre expanse is a favorite for sports lovers but also a prime destination for Independence Day fireworks and Shakespeare plays in the park.

The other eight parks in the Emerald Necklace include Public Garden, Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Back Bay Fens, The Riverway, Olmstead Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park all the way down in Jamaica Plain.

Beyond the Necklace, there are of course other green spaces and places to hang out in Boston. Two Boston parks and outdoor spaces that immediately come to mind are the Boston Esplanade and Harvard Square. Both outdoor areas host myriad festivals, concerts, and plays, and are surrounded by restaurants, bars, cafés, and any number of things to do in the city.

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