Boston, Massachusetts: Urban Green Spaces
Maybe it’s the beautiful brick architecture, the deep American history or the amazing cultural activities, but wherever you go in Boston, you will be surrounded by a certain special charm. And while Boston is known for all of the above, it is also a place of lush green spaces where locals and visitors alike can unplug from their hectic lives and reconnect with simple pleasures.
Boston Common and Boston Public Garden
Boston Common is one of the most popular places in the city to enjoy fresh green space. Completed in 1634, Boston Common covers an area of 50 acres and is the nation's oldest city park. Walk west from Boston Common and you’ll come to the 24-acre Boston Public Garden and its iconic lagoon with the famous swan boats. The boats have been around for more than 100 years and are a Boston tradition.
Charles River Esplanade
The Esplanade is a three-mile public recreation area along the Charles River. You can walk, jog or cycle along the riverfront trails or go boating on the water. The Hatch Shell hosts many events throughout the season. If you’re traveling with children, there are several parks and a wading pool in the summer months. In the fall months, it’s easily one of the most beautiful places in the city. With the vibrant fall foliage, the ducks swimming peacefully on the river and of course the stunning skyline, the Esplanade is something straight out of a postcard.
Rose Kennedy Greenway
Another must-visit is the Rose Kennedy Greenway, where you can enjoy a leisurely stroll or picnic. At lunch time, you will see the steady flow of nearby office workers coming here to buy a delicious lunch from one of the many food trucks. Alongside one trail, there is a mini-library – a small wooden box with a variety of books for the public to enjoy. After reading the book, just put it back in the box – it is very charming. Interestingly, the greenway is completely organically maintained and is one of just a few organic urban parks in the country.
Freedom Trail Walking Tour
When you visit this historic city, you have to take the Freedom Trail walking tour. Like The Wizard of Oz, you follow the brick path and keep walking. But this 2.5-mile route that starts in Boston Common will lead you to many historical spots, such as Faneuil Hall and the Boston Massacre Site, and ends in Charlestown with the USS Constitution and Bunker Hill Monument. I especially recommend a 90-minute tour with the guides. Why? Because they are the “historically significant individuals,” like soldiers from the American Revolution, who have time-traveled from the 1700s. Learning history from the historical figures of the American Revolutionary War is certainly a unique experience. Don’t forget to take pictures!
Boston is an exciting urban city that also exudes a peaceful feel with its unique old-world charm and plentiful green spaces. It is, without a doubt, one special place.