in Boston, MA (showing 1 - 12 out of 16)

There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!

Adams National Historical Park

135 Adams St
Quincy, MA 02169   Directions

(617) 770-1175


Spend some time exploring Adams National Historical Park. The park is where several historic homes are located, including the birthplaces of John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and the United First Parish Church where both Presidents are entombed. Aside from the houses, there are plenty of attractions to see at this park so sign up for a tour or go on an excursion of your own.

Arnold Arboretum

125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130   Directions

(617) 524-1718


Enjoy the natural beauty of the area at Arnold Arboretum. The arboretum is part of Boston's Emerald Necklace park system, and at 265 acres, it's the second largest part of the “necklace”. Throughout the park, you'll see a variety of plant species and animals like turtles, racoons, white-tailed deer, squirrels, and a variety of birds and insects. There are a number of tours to choose from, leaving you with plenty of options for exploring this outdoor destination.

Back Bay Fens

100 Park Dr
Boston, MA 02215   Directions

(617) 635-4505


Head to the Back Bay Fens and hang out next to a beautiful freshwater marsh. Along with the marsh, this link in the Emerald Necklace park system is home to ball fields, a wartime “Victory Garden” that was established in 1941, and the popular Kelleher Rose Garden, among other outdoor attractions. While you're exploring the park, be sure to pay respects at the World War II, Vietnam, and Korean War memorials that reside in the park.

Boston Common

139 Tremont St
Boston, MA 02111   Directions

(617) 635-4505


Spend some time hanging out in the country's oldest park. The 50-acre Boston Common is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace park system and is the starting place of the famous Freedom Trail. There are quite a few monuments throughout the park, and several outdoor events take place in the Common throughout the year.

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

191 W Atlantic Ave
Boston, MA 02109   Directions

(617) 223-8666


The Boston Harbor Islands offer some perfect destinations for boating and kayaking. Along with playing on the water, fishing, hiking, camping and swimming are popular for this park, too. There are dozens of recreational pathways and trails to explore throughout the islands.

Boston Nature Center

500 Walk Hill St
Boston, MA 02126   Directions

(617) 983-8500


The Boston Nature Center presents the perfect definition of an urban oasis. Explore meadows and wetlands on foot, trekking over two miles of trails and boardwalks. Along with lush greenery, you have the chance to see wild animals like coyotes and a wide variety of birds. While you're spending time outdoors at the nature center, be sure to check out the Clark-Cooper Community Gardens.

Charles River Esplanade

Boston, MA

(617) 227-0365


The Charles River Esplanade stretches along three miles of the beautiful Charles River and surrounding attractions. This spot is perfect for relaxating outdoors and enjoying a picnic, fishing, taking a gondola ride, or just sprawling out on a blanket and watching the river roll by. There are also several scheduled events here like fitness classes and festivals.

Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park

Boston, MA 02110

(617) 635-7275


Soak up some sun at the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. Boston's first waterfront park offers a gorgeous view of the harbor, along with playgrounds, fountains, public art and monuments, space to run, and places to lay out and bask in the beauty of nature. You'll enjoy time spent outdoors here.

Crane Beach

290 Argilla Rd
Ipswich, MA 01938   Directions

(978) 356-4354


Dig your toes into the sand at Crane Beach, one of the East Coast's premier beaches. Swimming, sunbathing, beachcombing, hiking and more, are a few outdoor activities you can enjoy while hanging out on the seashore. This is the perfect destination for those who like to explore, as there are over five miles of trails that venture into the dunes and North Shore forestry.

Franklin Park

1 Franklin Park Rd
Boston, MA 02121   Directions

(617) 635-4505


There's much to do outdoors at Boston's Franklin Park. The park has been coined as the “jewel” of the Emerald Necklace, boasting natural attractions like a beautiful pond and over 200 acres of forest. Other amenities of Franklin Park include an 18-hole golf course, tennis courts, baseball fields, playgrounds, a 2.5-mile loop path, and the Franklin Park Zoo.

Franklin Park Zoo

1 Franklin Park Rd
Boston, MA 02121   Directions

(617) 541-5466


Hang out with some of nature's most fascinating creatures at the Franklin Park Zoo. You'll see animals like tigers, kangaroos, leopards, lions, zebras, gorillas and more, throughout exhibits like Serengeti Crossing, Outback Trail, Tiger Tales, and Kalahari Kingdom. In all, there are over 1,000 animals living at the zoo.

Jamaica Pond

507 Jamaicaway
Boston, MA 02130   Directions

(617) 635-4505


Enjoy another facet of Boston's Emerald Necklace, and spend a day outdoors at Jamaica Pond. The pond is the largest body of water within the “necklace” park system and proves to be a beautiful destination to absorb the surrounding natural scenery. The pond is a favorite destination for hiking and dog walking, as well as sailing and fishing.

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