Parks & Green Spaces
Boston Public Garden
The Boston Public Garden, located in the heart of Boston adjacent to the Boston Common, was the first public botanical garden in the United States. Stroll through the winding paved walkways, around the Lagoon, and enjoy the picturesque flower beds and weeping willow trees, or hop on one of Boston’s iconic Swan Boats for the perfect afternoon diversion.
Named after artist John Singleton Copley, Copley Square is located in the heart of Back Bay, a stone’s throw from numerous public transit stations. Home to a thriving farmers market from May to November, and surrounded by iconic buildings such as the Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston Public Library, and Trinity Church, Copley Square is at the crossroads of all that Back Bay has to offer.
The Charles River Esplanade
The Charles River Esplanade is a three mile urban oasis, perfect for running, cycling, kayaking, or a leisurely afternoon stroll. The Esplanade is also home to the renowned Hatch Shell, Community Boating sailing center, Union Boat Club, and many outdoor fitness classes.
Commonwealth Avenue Mall
Commonwealth Avenue Mall is a grand allée of shade trees forming the central axis of the Back Bay, connecting the Public Garden to the Back Bay Fens. Designed by Arthur Gilman, who was inspired by the new Parisian boulevards, the Mall is a vital amenity for both residents and visitors. Winston Churchill praised it as “the grandest boulevard in North America.”
(Information courtesy of the Friends of the Public Gardens)