PARKS & NA­TURE

Where Boston - - SIGHTS -

ARNOLD AR­BORE­TUM

Founded in 1872 and ad­min­is­tered by Har­vard University, the his­toric ar­bore­tum de­signed by Fred­er­ick Law Olmsted is a great es­cape from the city, and con­sists of 281 acres filled with trees, flow­ers and plants from around the globe. Open daily sun­rise to sun­set. Vis­i­tor Cen­ter open Th-Tu 10 am-5 pm. 125 Ar­bor­way, Ja­maica Plain, 617.524.1718.

COM­MON­WEALTH AV­ENUE MALL

Oc­cu­py­ing what was once an in­land bay sub­merged by the tides of the At­lantic, this green lin­ear park came to fruition due to the con­struc­tion of a dam in the 1820s on what is now Bea­con Street. Fifty years later, the land was filled in, and, in 1856, Arthur Gil­man de­signed this French boule­vard style lin­ear park. The beau­ti­ful prom­e­nade, stud­ded with mon­u­ments, benches and Ja­pa­nese pagoda, sweet­gum, maple, lin­den and elm trees, links the Pub­lic Gar­den with Fred­er­ick Law Olmsted’s park sys­tem. Along Com­mon­wealth Av­enue, from Arlington street to Charles­gate.

MOUNT AUBURN CEME­TERY

Amer­ica’s first land­scaped ceme­tery. Many 19th-cen­tury for­ward thinkers are buried here: Mary Baker Eddy, Is­abella Stewart Gardner, Oliver Wen­dall Holmes. Pro­grams and tours. Grounds open 8 am-6 pm; vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion, M-Sa 8:30 am-4:30 pm. 580 Mt. Auburn St., Cam­bridge, 617.547.7105.

THE ROSE KENNEDY GREEN­WAY

The Green­way, as lo­cals call it, spreads across 15 acres in the heart of the Fi­nan­cial District. It was cre­ated af­ter the Big Dig, which sent pre­vi­ously el­e­vated high­ways here un­der­ground, and it is in­spired by

other ur­ban green spa­ces like New York City’s Bat­tery Park City and Am­s­ter­dam’s Von­del Park. Lots of things to do here, in­clud­ing in­cred­i­ble pub­lic art in­stal­la­tions, splash foun­tains, food trucks, craft beer pop-ups, Glow in the Park and carousel rides. Chi­na­town to the North End.

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