Best Parks & Outdoor Spaces in Boston
If you are going to visit Boston with a group of people any time soon, you will find a city overflowing with destinations and experiences for each and every person. Boston offers plenty of opportunities for fun group activities like breweries, sporting events, arts and culture hotspots, and more.
Another great thing about Boston is the amount of outdoor spaces and city parks you can explore. These parks offer tons of outdoor activities like golf courses, skyline views, history, and even a zoo. Boston is even home to the oldest city park in the entire country, which was founded in 1634.
While exploring all the outdoor beauty Boston has to offer, consider renting a charter bus for your group to make transportation easier. At Boston Charter Bus Company, we offer modern and comfortable charter buses that can accommodate all group sizes. We also rent charter buses by the hour or by the day, and are flexible to your group’s individual needs. Best of all, you can call us any time at 617-314-7577 for a free, no obligation quote.
Below are some of our top picks for the best outdoor spots in Boston.
Dating as far back as 1634, Boston Common is the oldest city park in the country and consists of 50 acres of land. In the past, it was used for a variety of purposes, including as a camp for the British before the Revolutionary War. Today, those fascinated by history can find numerous statues and monuments documenting the history of both the park and Boston itself. The park also features trails, space for relaxing or throwing a frisbee around, and softball fields.
In addition to its variety of history landmarks, the park also features a pond at the center called the Boston Common Frog Pond. The pond serves as a splash pad in the summer, and an ice rink during the winter. Seasonal activities include a carousel, the Duckling Day Parade, and the Memorial Day Garden of Flags.
Address: 139 Tremont St 1B Charles St 38 Beacon St 167 Tremont St, 115 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
This 485-acre park is Boston’s largest open space and spans the Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and Dorchester neighborhoods in Boston. It features the second oldest public golf course in the nation, tennis courts, baseball fields, and basketball courts. It also is a famed cross country course, and hosts several meets throughout the year. Those who are seeking some arts and culture during their trip to the park can also find an open-air performance space called the “Playhouse in the Park.”
Franklin Park is also home to the Franklin Park Zoo. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the 72-acre zoo contains more than 220 species of animals. It features several main exhibit areas, including The Tropical Forest, Serengeti Crossing, Outback Trail, and Kalahari Kingdom. Franklin Park Zoo also offers behind-the-scenes tours with some of their animals, including red pandas, tigers, and sloths.
Address: 1 Franklin Park Rd, Boston, MA 02121
The first botanic garden in the United States, Boston’s Public Garden is adjacent to the Boston Common. Today, you can find a variety of flowers, historical landmarks, and things to do, including the famous Make Way For Ducklings statue. One notable feature at the park is a statue of George Washington by Thomas Ball, which dates back to 1869 and is considered one of the best equestrian statues in the United States.
At the park, you can take a scenic ride in a swan boat through the lagoon, plus observe real-life swans. In 1868, the first pair of swans arrived in the park. Since then, with a few exceptions, a pair of swans has graced the park. A good time to visit is in early May, when the masses of tulips and other foliage bursts into bloom around the lagoon, making for a breathtaking and colorful boat ride.
Address: 4 Charles St, Boston, MA 02116
Boston National Historic Park
The Boston National Historic Park is the ultimate outdoor stroll for those curious about history-making moments in Boston’s past. It consists of eight different sites, seven of which are connected by the Freedom Trail.
The sites are below:
Bunker Hill Monument: This monument is a granite obelisk constructed in the middle of the 91st century to commemorate the Battle of Bunker Hill fought on June 17, 1775.
Charlestown Navy Yard: This area was used during the Revolutionary War as a shipyard, and served as a base for the United States Navy until 1975. Today, the yard is home to the USS Constitution, the oldest floating commissioned naval vessel in the world, and the USS Cassin Young, a destroyer from World War II that operates as a museum.
Dorchester Heights: In March 1776, George Washington fortified the site of Dorchester Heights, compelling the British to withdraw from Boston and ending the 10-month long Siege of Boston. In 1902, a monument was erected at the site. It’s the only site not located along the Freedom Trail.
Faneuil Hall: First constructed in the 1740s, Faneuil Hall was the site of important pro-independence speeches that shaped U.S. history.
Old North Church: Built in 1723, the Old North Church was the site where Paul Revere lit signal lanterns before his “midnight ride” that led to the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
Old South Meeting House: This meeting house was constructed in 1729 and was the site of many pre-revolutionary meetings, including a meeting the evening prior to the Boston Tea Party.
Old State House: The Old State House has a history rich in politics; it was the seat of the Colonial government, and afterwards the State government, until 1798. The Boston Massacre took place in front of the building, and reenactments of the Boston Massacre are often performed in front of the building.
Paul Revere House: As one of the oldest surviving buildings in Boston, the Paul Revere House currently serves as a museum. It was built in 1680 and purchased by Paul Revere in 1770.
A charter bus would be a great and convenient way to shuffle you and your group between sites, and depending on the size of your group and time needed for rental, it’s more affordable than you might think.
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