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Top Parks and Gardens in Boston

Top Parks and Gardens in Boston

Boston plays host to a wide range of green spaces and parks, from waterfront gardens filled with attractions and art to leafy oases that provide a peaceful refuge from the city’s hustle and bustle. Read on for our picks of the top parks and gardens in the Massachusetts capital.

Boston Common

Founded in 1634, 50-acre (20-hectare) Boston Common is the US’s oldest park and Boston’s main green space. Originally used for pasture and public executions, it’s now an expanse of grass, tree-lined paths, fields, and recreational spaces. Jump out here on a hop-on-hop-off-trolley tour, or chart its revolutionary history on a self-guided, private, or group walk along Boston’s Freedom Trail, the tourist walkway that crisscrosses its lawns.

Boston Public Garden

Across the street from Boston Common, Boston Public Gardenis a more formal affair, with manicured flower beds, statuary, a pond, and nine bronze ducks—a tribute to the beloved children’s book Make Way for Ducklings, set in the park. Call here on a hop-on-hop-off-trolley circuit, ride a “swan” boat on its waters, or zip around its pathways with ease on a pedicab tour.

Rose Kennedy Greenway

Laid out in 2008, the Rose Kennedy Greenway is a string of parks extending from Boston’s Chinatown to the North End. The lawns hold plenty of attractions—including a carousel, art exhibitions, and food trucks—so there’s always plenty going on. Explore on a bike tour or rent a bike to roam as you wish.

Charles River Esplanade

Hemming the Charles River, this 3-mile (4.8-kilometer) park is a peaceful getaway that boasts a jogging path, lawns, playgrounds, and panoramic river views. Bike tours are perfect for exploring and especially scenic in spring, when the cherry trees bloom, and fall, when brightly colored foliage takes center stage.

Emerald Necklace

This 7-mile (11-kilometer) ribbon of parks between Boston and Brookline includes beauties such as the Arnold Arboretum—home to 15,000 trees—and Jamaica Pond, a wooded park framing a large pond. All come into their own in fall, when their trees are a vision of ochre and red. Kick through the leaves on a stroll, or join a bike tour to take in the autumnal colors.


Christopher Columbus Park

This waterfront gem crowns Boston’s North End neighborhood and is one of the city’s prettiest spots. Graced by a rose garden and trellis-covered walkway, it commands open views of Boston Harbor. Rent a bike to ride along the waterside, or visit as part of a hop-on-hop-off-trolley tour.

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Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 18 Stops

Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour with 18 Stops

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Explore the best that Boston has to offer on this hop-on hop-off tour of the city. See Boston’s top attractions—like the USS ‘Constitution’ and the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum, to name a few—on the loop. Enjoy discounted admission to attractions like the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum with the purchase of your tour.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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Walking Tour of The Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square & Back Bay
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Walking Tour of The Freedom Trail plus Beacon Hill to Copley Square & Back Bay

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Travel back in time through the early years of American history during this guided walking tour of Boston’s famous Freedom Trail and its most iconic landmarks. Relive the events of the American Revolution as you pass Faneuil Hall, see the Old and New State Houses, and visit the setting of the infamous Boston Massacre. Then head downtown past Boston Common and the modern John Hancock Tower, finishing in Copley Square. A professional guide joins your trip to help add context.
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  • 2 hours
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Boston City view Bicycle Tour

Boston City view Bicycle Tour

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Discover Boston’s top attractions on this comprehensive guided bike tour around the city. See the unique character and charm of each community up close, like the beautiful brownstones in Back Bay and the South End. Visit Boston’s historic North End, also known as Little Italy, and pedal past Copley Square and Fenway Park. Cross the Freedom Trail, passing significant locations to United States history.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

Private Customized Walking Tour of Boston

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Explore Boston in a way that interests you on a private walking tour that can be customized to your preferences. You'll follow a flexible itinerary tailored to include attractions that you want to see, such as Boston Common, Freedom Trail, or Copley Square. If you don't have specific interests, you can leave the itinerary up to your guide. Either way, this is a chance to enjoy Boston's history and charm with a guide all to yourself.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Tour de Cambridge Guided Bicycle Tour

Tour de Cambridge Guided Bicycle Tour

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Experience the charms of Cambridge on this bicycle tour. Sometimes referred to as “Boston’s Left Bank,” Cambridge is a celebrated hub for academia, technology, and culture. Ride across the gleaming waters of the Charles River and visit Harvard Square, MIT, the Stata Center designed by Frank Gehry, and more. Over the course of 2.5 to 3 hours, you’ll cover 11-13 miles in this bike-friendly area.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Family Friendly Guided Bike Tour of Boston

Family Friendly Guided Bike Tour of Boston

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Take a leisurely ride through Boston on the on this 2.5-hour cycling tour. Take in the Boston skyline, ride along the banks of the Charles River, and learn about Cambridge and Boston's history through your guide's commentary. Suitable for families with young children, this tour includes use of bike and helmet.
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Comfort Hybrid Boston City Bike Rental

Comfort Hybrid Boston City Bike Rental

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Set out for the colonial streets of Boston with this 2-hour or 24-hour bike rental and explore the city’s winding neighborhoods at your own pace. Select among a variety of comfortable hybrid bikes and pedal past the North End, Boston’s picturesque wharfs, historical Fenway Park, the dignified brownstones of Beacon Hill and the downtown public park of Boston Common within minutes.
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Boston's Emerald Necklace Guided Bicycle Tour

Boston's Emerald Necklace Guided Bicycle Tour

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Discover Boston’s fall beauty on this guided, 4-hour, small-group bike tour around the North End of the city. Explore the historic Emerald Necklace, a 1,100-acre chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways in Boston and Brookline. Visit the shaded boulevard on Commonwealth Avenue, the shores of Jamaica Pond, and the popular, winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Also, see the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston’s newest public park; the famous Charles River Esplanade; the Boston Common and Public Garden and much more.
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  • 4 hours
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