Best parks in Boston

Check out the top parks in Boston, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Boston Common
1. Boston Common
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64 local reviews
139 Tremont St, Boston
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 617-635-4505
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Vivek
The Oldest city central parks with Swan boats, and fund thing to do with kids. Boston Common (also known as t…
Matt
I love grabbing lunch at one of the nearby pizza or sandwich shops and chilling out for an hour in this park. …
Alex
A nice refuge from the city right in downtown Boston, Boston Common is worth checking out. The massive park i…
1. Boston Common
1. Boston Common
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64 local reviews
139 Tremont St, Boston
Open · Closes 9:00 PM
+1 617-635-4505
Vivek
Vivek
The Oldest city central parks with Swan boats, and fund thing to do with kids. Boston Common (also known as the Common) is a central public…
Matt
Matt
I love grabbing lunch at one of the nearby pizza or sandwich shops and chilling out for an hour in this park. Incredible public space and a …
Alex
Alex
A nice refuge from the city right in downtown Boston, Boston Common is worth checking out. The massive park is home to many sun bathers and…
2. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
2. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
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94 local reviews
125 Arborway, Boston
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 617-524-1718
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Cara
Beautifully landscaped parks and gardens for walking. A part of Harvard University, all trees are tagged with …
Julie + Seven
There are miles of paths, beautifully maintained. Great for a walk or a run, and you can stay on or off the be…
Kenneth
Amazing walking and running trails; abundant horticulture and views, all designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, s…
2. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
2. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
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94 local reviews
125 Arborway, Boston
Open · Closes 7:00 PM
+1 617-524-1718
Cara
Cara
Beautifully landscaped parks and gardens for walking. A part of Harvard University, all trees are tagged with their species name and origin…
Julie + Seven
Julie + Seven
There are miles of paths, beautifully maintained. Great for a walk or a run, and you can stay on or off the beaten path throughout this 280+…
Kenneth
Kenneth
Amazing walking and running trails; abundant horticulture and views, all designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, same landscape architect who de…
3. Jamaica Pond
3. Jamaica Pond
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64 local reviews
Jamaica Pond, Boston
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Melissa
The jewel in the Emerald Necklace park system that was designed by famous landscaper, Frederick Law Olmsted (a…
Julian
Jamaica Pond is a kettle pond, part of the Emerald Necklace of parks in Boston designed by Frederick Law Olmst…
Cynthia And Paul
Iconic park in Boston. Part of the Emerald Necklace created by Fredrick Law Olmstead. Beautiful views, 1.3 mil…
3. Jamaica Pond
3. Jamaica Pond
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64 local reviews
Jamaica Pond, Boston
Melissa
Melissa
The jewel in the Emerald Necklace park system that was designed by famous landscaper, Frederick Law Olmsted (also designer of Central Park i…
Julian
Julian
Jamaica Pond is a kettle pond, part of the Emerald Necklace of parks in Boston designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. The pond and park are in t…
Cynthia And Paul
Cynthia And Paul
Iconic park in Boston. Part of the Emerald Necklace created by Fredrick Law Olmstead. Beautiful views, 1.3 mile circuit around it, boathouse…
4. House of Blues Boston
4. House of Blues Boston
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13 local reviews
15 Lansdowne St, Boston
+1 888-693-2583
Night clubBarStore
Anais
Near Fenway Park, great venue.
Ali
Variety of Music and bars right by Fenway park
Michael
Great venue for musical performances located across the street from Fenway Park.
4. House of Blues Boston
4. House of Blues Boston
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13 local reviews
15 Lansdowne St, Boston
+1 888-693-2583
Anais
Anais
Near Fenway Park, great venue.
Ali
Ali
Variety of Music and bars right by Fenway park
Michael
Michael
Great venue for musical performances located across the street from Fenway Park.
5. Salem Ferry
5. Salem Ferry
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6 local reviews
10 Blaney Street, Salem
Open · Closes 4:30 PM
+1 617-227-4321
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Emily
There is a bike rental station here as well. Almost always lots of free parking (except on event days or in Oc…
Jamie
Catch the high speed ferry to Boston and enjoy a tour while you are on board! Hands down the best way to the C…
Jamie
Catch the high speed ferry to Boston and enjoy a tour while you are on board! Hands down the best way to the C…
5. Salem Ferry
5. Salem Ferry
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6 local reviews
10 Blaney Street, Salem
Open · Closes 4:30 PM
+1 617-227-4321
Emily
Emily
There is a bike rental station here as well. Almost always lots of free parking (except on event days or in October). The Ferry to Boston is…
Jamie
Jamie
Catch the high speed ferry to Boston and enjoy a tour while you are on board! Hands down the best way to the City. Park for free and spend s…
Jamie
Jamie
Catch the high speed ferry to Boston and enjoy a tour while you are on board! Hands down the best way to the City. Park for free and spend s…
6. Highland Park
6. Highland Park
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5 local reviews
Highland Park, Boston
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Michelle
Olmstead designed park. Site of revolutionary war battle fortifications for the seige of Boston.Standpipe buil…
Jonathan
A Boston Siege site, the park sits on the high fort, & my home sits across from the low fort. It was an earth …
Michelle
Olmstead designed park. Site of revolutionary war battle fortifications for the seige of Boston.Standpipe buil…
6. Highland Park
6. Highland Park
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5 local reviews
Highland Park, Boston
Michelle
Michelle
Olmstead designed park. Site of revolutionary war battle fortifications for the seige of Boston.Standpipe built by Roxbury architect Nathani…
Jonathan
Jonathan
A Boston Siege site, the park sits on the high fort, & my home sits across from the low fort. It was an earth fort constructed by Henry Knox…
Michelle
Michelle
Olmstead designed park. Site of revolutionary war battle fortifications for the seige of Boston.Standpipe built by Roxbury architect Nathani…
7. Franklin Park Zoo
7. Franklin Park Zoo
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30 local reviews
1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 617-541-5466
ZooParkPoint of interest
Josh
This is the best Zoo in New England! The gorillas are everyone's favorite, but other highlights include the gi…
Katharine (Kit) And Scott
Beautiful park for walking or bicycle riding. Zoo with indoor and outdoor exhibits - good for young children. …
Orion
The zoo is located within Franklin Park. The zoo is a great activity with kids, but there is also a golf cours…
7. Franklin Park Zoo
7. Franklin Park Zoo
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30 local reviews
1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston
Open · Closes 5:00 PM
+1 617-541-5466
Josh
Josh
This is the best Zoo in New England! The gorillas are everyone's favorite, but other highlights include the giraffes, the lions, the hippos,…
Katharine (Kit) And Scott
Katharine (Kit) And Scott
Beautiful park for walking or bicycle riding. Zoo with indoor and outdoor exhibits - good for young children. Walking distance (about 6 bloc…
Orion
Orion
The zoo is located within Franklin Park. The zoo is a great activity with kids, but there is also a golf course in the park, a wilderness ar…
8. Alewife Station
8. Alewife Station
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15 local reviews
Alewife Station, Cambridge
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Priscilla
Alewife is the western-most "T" stop. An easy 15-minute drive from here, parking is reasonable. Connects wit…
Margie
The subway for $5 round trip into Boston with a parking garage for about $7
Bill
Easy and reasonably​ priced parking. Connections​ to all transit lines in Boston
8. Alewife Station
8. Alewife Station
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15 local reviews
Alewife Station, Cambridge
Priscilla
Priscilla
Alewife is the western-most "T" stop. An easy 15-minute drive from here, parking is reasonable. Connects with the entire MBTA system.
Margie
Margie
The subway for $5 round trip into Boston with a parking garage for about $7
Bill
Bill
Easy and reasonably​ priced parking. Connections​ to all transit lines in Boston
9. Fenway Park
9. Fenway Park
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114 local reviews
4 Yawkey Way, Boston
+1 877-733-7699
StadiumPoint of interestEstablishment
Misha
The sprawling Fenway-Kenmore area is home to baseball’s iconic Fenway Park, drawing huge crowds for Red Sox ga…
Perry
Fenway Park. Hallowed ground to baseball purists, this cozy, quirky park has been the Boston Red Sox home fiel…
Jeff
Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, is one of the top destinations for locals and visitors to Boston. Th…
9. Fenway Park
9. Fenway Park
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114 local reviews
4 Yawkey Way, Boston
+1 877-733-7699
Misha
Misha
The sprawling Fenway-Kenmore area is home to baseball’s iconic Fenway Park, drawing huge crowds for Red Sox games. Student hangouts and buzz…
Perry
Perry
Fenway Park. Hallowed ground to baseball purists, this cozy, quirky park has been the Boston Red Sox home field since 1912. The most distinc…
Jeff
Jeff
Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, is one of the top destinations for locals and visitors to Boston. The park opened in 1912, and is …
10. Middlesex Fells Reservation
10. Middlesex Fells Reservation
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6 local reviews
4 Woodland Road, Stoneham
Open · Closes 7:30 PM
+1 617-727-1199 ext. 406
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Jennifer & Mark
2,000 acre State Park just 1/10 of a mile from the house. Beautiful walks around the many reservoirs, fantast…
Gregory
Great, large park with trails & fields.
Pamela
A short drive: Wild and craggy hiking close to the city
10. Middlesex Fells Reservation
10. Middlesex Fells Reservation
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6 local reviews
4 Woodland Road, Stoneham
Open · Closes 7:30 PM
+1 617-727-1199 ext. 406
Jennifer & Mark
Jennifer & Mark
2,000 acre State Park just 1/10 of a mile from the house. Beautiful walks around the many reservoirs, fantastic mountain biking. Dogs perm…
Gregory
Gregory
Great, large park with trails & fields.
Pamela
Pamela
A short drive: Wild and craggy hiking close to the city
11. Larz Anderson Park
11. Larz Anderson Park
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3 local reviews
ParkPoint of interestEstablishment
Molly
The 64-acre park contains the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, the oldest automobile collection in the country, as w…
Kenneth
Beautiful public park, outdoor ice skating rink in-season, and a vintage auto museum
Molly
The 64-acre park contains the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, the oldest automobile collection in the country, as w…
11. Larz Anderson Park
11. Larz Anderson Park
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3 local reviews
Molly
Molly
The 64-acre park contains the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, the oldest automobile collection in the country, as well as Putterham School, a one…
Kenneth
Kenneth
Beautiful public park, outdoor ice skating rink in-season, and a vintage auto museum
Molly
Molly
The 64-acre park contains the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, the oldest automobile collection in the country, as well as Putterham School, a one…
12. Cambridge Common Restaurant
12. Cambridge Common Restaurant
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9 local reviews
1667 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Open · Closes 2:00 AM
+1 617-547-1228
BarRestaurantFood
Katie And Nate
Another go-to for casual, sit-down american food. Great food and great prices. And tons of beers on tap. They …
Kjersti
Well, not really Nature, but a large park with lawns big enough to hang out, play soccer, or throw a frisbee. …
Kristin
This is an affordable, popular neighborhood restaurant. Average-to-good food at good prices. There's a big b…
12. Cambridge Common Restaurant
12. Cambridge Common Restaurant
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9 local reviews
1667 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Open · Closes 2:00 AM
+1 617-547-1228
Katie And Nate
Katie And Nate
Another go-to for casual, sit-down american food. Great food and great prices. And tons of beers on tap. They have parking in the back!
Kjersti
Kjersti
Well, not really Nature, but a large park with lawns big enough to hang out, play soccer, or throw a frisbee. And with a good playground for…
Kristin
Kristin
This is an affordable, popular neighborhood restaurant. Average-to-good food at good prices. There's a big bar in the center, and TV viewi…