Visit Public Garden

Public GardenPublic Garden

The Public Garden, also known as Boston Public Garden, is a large park located in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, adjacent to Boston Common. Wikipedia

Address: 69 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108, United States
Area: 24 acres (10 ha)
Phone: (617) 635-4505

Boston’s Public Garden is the groomed and formal younger cousin to the more casual and boisterous Boston Common. The first public botanical garden in America, its form, plantings, and statuary evoke its Victorian heritage. This green and flowering oasis in the heart of a great metropolis has become a Boston icon. No visit would be complete without a stroll in the Garden and a voyage on one of its Swan Boats.

Public Garden mapThe Garden is truly a people’s park and a public pride. It is not only accessible to everyone, but citizens have always played an extraordinary role in protecting and preserving it. Observing the Garden on a peaceful summer’s day with the trees in leaf, the flower beds bright with color, and the Swan Boats tracing their tranquil course around the serpentine pond, you would never think of it as a civic battleground. In fact, it has been an ongoing struggle to keep these twenty-four acres of reclaimed land as a place of quiet beauty for the enjoyment of all.

The Parks Department maintains the Victorian traditions to the best of their abilities, so you can judge its beauty for yourself. Admire the rich and unusual plants, the Lagoon, the monuments and fountains, and the Swan Boats created and operated for over 100 years by the Paget family.

Boston Parks and Recreation Department grows all the plants used in bedding-out the Public Garden in their greenhouses. Over 80 species of plants are cultivated there for future plantings in the Garden and more than 50 other locations around the city. Due to the wide variety of plants and its romantic setting, the Garden attracts many weddings.

website: cityofboston.gov/Parks/emerald/public_garden | friendsofthepublicgarden.org/our-parks/public-garden/


Visit Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf

Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes WharfBoston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf

The Boston Harbor Hotel is a high-end luxury hotel overlooking Boston Harbor and the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The hotel is also a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. Wikipedia

Address: 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110, United States
Opened: 1987
Phone: (617) 439-7000

The Boston Harbor Hotel sits in the heart of Boston, and serves as a gateway to top attractions including museums, The New England Aquarium, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the Rose Kennedy Greenway park system, the Italian North End, and the many activities along the waterfront.

Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf mapA member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Boston’s only Forbes Five-Star waterfront hotel welcomes guests arriving by land or sea. Located on the historic Rowes Wharf Harbor, the Boston Harbor Hotel’s inviting ambiance and unparalleled service provide the ideal home away from home for travelers. Luxurious accommodations with sweeping views of Boston’s cityscape or breathtaking waterfront, a contemporary spa and fitness center, world-class dining and a 34-slip marina make the Boston Harbor Hotel a destination Beyond compare for business and leisure travel.

The Boston Harbor Hotel maintains the best of traditional values while continually introducing new service standards and the latest technologies and conveniences for guests.

The Boston Harbor Hotel is located on Atlantic Avenue, just moments from Logan International Airport, the Financial District, South Station, North End Neighborhood, Seaport District and many of Boston’s best leisure attractions. Valet and self-parking are available in the Rowes Wharf underground garage managed by Laz Parking.

website: http://www.bhh.com


Visit Boston Common

Boston CommonBoston Common – Park

Boston Common is a central public park in Boston, Massachusetts. It is sometimes erroneously referred to as the “Boston Commons”. Dating from 1634, it is the oldest city park in the United States. Wikipedia

Address: 131 Tremont St, Boston, Massachusetts 02111, United States
Area: 50 acres (20 ha)
Phone: (888) 733-2678

Boston Common is the oldest park in the country. The park is almost 50 acres in size. Today, Boston Common is the anchor for the Emerald Necklace, a system of connected parks that winds through many of Boston’s neighborhoods. The “Common” has been used for many different purposes throughout its long history. Until 1830, cattle grazed the Common, and until 1817, public hangings took place here. British troops camped on Boston Common prior to the Revolution and left from here to face colonial resistance at Lexington and Concord in April, 1775. Celebrities, including Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II, and Gloria Steinem (advocate of the feminist revolution), have given speeches at the Common.

Boston Common mapLocation: Bound By Tremont, Beacon, Charles, Park & Boylston Streets
Hours: All Day, 365 days a year
Tours: Self-Guided; or provided by the Freedom Trail Foundation
Admission: FREE

Frederick Law Olmsted never touched Boston Common, but his sons did. About 1913, their firm supervised the paving of walkways, the replenishment of the soil, and the moving of 15-ton trees.

From a utilitarian common ground for activities like grazing, militia formations and public hangings, the Common evolved. Its peaks were leveled cows were banned and 19th Century Bostonians added trees, fountains and statuary. The Common became the park-like greenspace we know today. The park includes ballfields, a tot lot and the Frog Pond, which provides skating in winter and a spray pool for children in the summer.

website: cityofboston.gov/parks/emerald/boston_common


Visit Freedom Trail

freedom trailFreedom Trail

The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long red path through downtown Boston, Massachusetts, that leads to 16 significant historic sites. It ranges from Boston Common to the USS Constitution in Charlestown. Wikipedia

Due to its size, Boston is a very accessible city. Its reputation as a walking city relies on the creation of one of America’s first historic walking tours, The Freedom Trail.

Since the past and the present live alongside the Trail, its visitors have the opportunity to see the City as it truly is. Many visitors prefer to linger and study the many exhibits, thus a full day or more can be devoted to browsing along the Trail.

freedom trail mapOne can take a self-guided tour or one of the many tours available through the Boston Common Visitors Center at 148 Tremont Street or the Bostix Booth located at Faneuil Hall. If you prefer to ride, you can pay for one of the trolley tours, which are unofficial guided tours, but do take the rider to many of the sites along the Trail and allow one to disembark at selected stops. To find out more about guided tours contact the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Freedom Trail is governed by the Freedom Trail Commission.

website: cityofboston.gov/freedomtrail/ | www.thefreedomtrail.org


Visit Franklin Park Zoo

Franklin Park ZooFranklin Park Zoo

The Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre zoo located in Boston, Massachusetts. It is currently operated by Zoo New England, which also operates the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Massachusetts. Wikipedia

Area: 72 acres (29 ha)
Opened: 1913

Franklin Park Zoo is a 72-acre site nestled in Boston’s historic Franklin Park, long considered the “crown jewel” of Frederick Law Olmsted’s Emerald Necklace Park System. The Zoo was founded in 1912 and was managed by the City of Boston until 1958, when the Metropolitan District Commission (MDC), a state agency, assumed management. The MDC managed the Zoos until 1991, when Governor William Weld signed legislation to create the private Commonwealth Zoological Corporation (CZC). In July of 1997 the CZC changed its name to Zoo New England to reflect the changing image of the Zoos.

Franklin Park Zoo is located at One Franklin Park Road in Boston. For more information or directions, call 617-541-LION.

General Admission
Adults: $17.00
Senior Admission (62 +): $14.00
Child Admission (ages 2-12): $11.00
Children under 2: Free
Members: Free

Hours
Summer Hours (April 1 – September 30)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekdays
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. weekends and major holidays
Winter Hours (October 1- March 31)
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily

Last entry one half hour before closing.
The Zoo is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and for announced special events.

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Stone Zoo, formerly known as the Middlesex Fells Zoo, is located on a 26-acre site near the sparkling Spot Pond reservoir in Stoneham, MA. Charles Price, Superintendent of the Metropolitan District Commission’s Middlesex Fells Reservation, founded the Zoo in 1905, and in 1969, the site was renamed in honor of Walter D. Stone, a former Zoo Director. In 1991, the Commonwealth Zoological Corporation (CZC) was created to maintain care, custody, and control of both Stone Zoo and Franklin Park Zoo. In July of 1997 the CZC changed its name to Zoo New England to reflect the changing image of the Zoos.

Stone Zoo is located at 149 Pond Street in Stoneham, MA. For more information or directions, call 781-438-5100.

General Admission
Adults: $14.00
Discounted Senior Admission (62+): $12.00
Discounted Child Admission (ages 2-12): $10.00
Children under 2: Free
Members: Free

Hours
Summer Hours (April 1 – September 30)
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. weekdays
10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. weekends and major holidays
Winter Hours (October 1- March 31)
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. daily

Last entry one half hour before closing.
The Zoo is closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and for announced special events.

website: http://www.zoonewengland.org/