PARKS & NATURE
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.