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» Arnold Arboretum , Boston
Part of Olmsted's famous Emerald Necklace, America's oldest public arboretum has 265 beautiful acres of trees, shrubs and vines.
Attraction type: Park; Garden

» Boston Common , Boston
Whether it's a summer picnic in the grass or winter ice-skating on Frog Pond, Boston's oldest public park is the perfect escape from the bustle of the city.
Attraction type: Park Call 617-635-2197 for information.

» Boston Harbor Islands National Park , Boston
This National Park consists of 34 small islands just off shore in Boston Harbor. The most popular, Georges Island, is home to Fort Warren, a Civil War Landmark that housed Confederate prisoners.
Attraction type: Island; National park

» Boston Public Garden , Boston
This Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park, famous for its Swan Boats, has over 600 varieties of trees and an ever-changing array of flowers. Call 617-522-1966 or visit www.swanboats.com for information.

» Carson Beach , Boston
Boston Harbor improvements have made this beach a neighborhood favorite once again.
Attraction type: Beach

» Castle Island , Boston
The site of a fort erected in 1634, Castle Island is a great place to walk, jog or just unwind and enjoy the view. stroll around the “Sugar Bowl,” a circular walkway that extends over the water. Call 617-268-5744 for information
Attraction type: Urban park; Historic site

» Emerald Necklace , Boston
Frederick Law Olmsted designed this chain of parks and green spaces in and around Boston.
Attraction type: Park; Garden

» George's Island , Boston
The largest of the Boston Harbor Islands is a great spot for hiking and exploring.
Attraction type: Island; Scenic/historic walking area

» Marine Park , Boston
This waterfront park was the last jewel in Olmsted's Emerald Necklace.
Attraction type: Park

» Minuteman Bikeway , Boston
Attraction type: Biking trail

» National Park Service Visitor Center , Boston
Located on the Freedom Trail across the street from the Old State House, this visitor center supplies free activity books for children, and tourist tips for adults.
Attraction type: Tourist/visitor center

» Thompson Island , Boston
Attraction type: Island

Revere Mall , Boston
Plaza located behind Old North Church.
Attraction type: Park

The Fens , Boston
Nature Reserve offers great running trails for people who love peace and quiet.
Attraction type: Nature reserve

» The Swan Boats , Boston. Great way to spend a few hours!

Winthrop Park , Boston
Local family park.
Attraction type: Town center/square/plaza

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