Escaping Boston Without Leaving the City
Boston, Mass., is a beautiful city, an incredible mix of the old and new with plenty of things to see and do. Sometimes, though, the hustle and bustle of the “Hub of the Universe” (especially those crazy, one-of-a-not-too-kind drivers!) calls for an escape to more peaceful environs where scenic open spaces are the remedy. Here are three free spots in Boston that serve as great respites from the fast pace of the city:
The 50-acre Boston Common and Public Garden is an absolutely beautiful oasis in the heart of the city with swan boat rides at the Boston Public Garden, free weekend concerts and the scenic Frog Pond for skating in the winter and a spray pool for kids in the summer. You’ll also find plenty of park benches along the way to take a break and enjoy the natural beauty virtually everywhere you look. Nowhere is this more evident than the Boston Public Garden section where you’ll see myriad flower beds and trees, as well as fountains. The Boston Common is bounded by Tremont St., Park St., Beacon St., Charles St., and Boylston St.
The 22-acre Castle Island on Day Blvd. in South Boston features scenic views of Boston Harbor, extended walking trails, fishing at the pier, picnic opportunities and the legendary Sullivan’s hamburger stand in the summer. It’s windy here, but the breeze is refreshing and if you’re a fan of kite flying, you’ve come to the right place!
Also be sure not to miss visiting the Arnold Arboretum with its 15,000 plants and plenty of color and scents — courtesy of Mother Nature — on 265 acres. True to 21st century form, you can even launch an Arnold Arboretum mobile app to facilitate exploring the abundant plant life! The Arnold Arboretum is located at 125 Arborway.
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