Parks / Recreation

Enter some of Boston’s most serene parks or gardens and transport yourself a world away. Bike, jog, picnic, skate and paddle throughout many of the interconnected parks near the hotel. Explore Boston’s lesser known tourist attractions such as its beautiful islands and beaches. The city boasts a spectacular national park made up of 34 islands. Ride the elegant swan boats in the city's most popular park, Boston Public Garden. Ice skate on Frog Pond, or coordinate a pickup game of football amid the autumn leaves.

 

  • Arnold Arboretum – Located on 265 acres, the arboretum is a living outdoor museum, containing world-class shrubs, trees and plantings with an emphasis on specimens from New England and Asia. The facility is used for educational and research purposes. Stroll among crabapples, lilacs and rhododendrons, or take a tour among the conifers.
  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park – One of Boston's best kept secrets - this national park is actually 34 islands. Ferry across the Harbor to explore Boston Light. Sunbathe on Grape Island. Hike around Georges Island. Or spread out a blanket and picnic basket on Little Brewster Island.
  • Boston Harbor Walk – Either by foot or by bike, Boston Harbor Walk is a great way to explore the city. Venture throughout Boston on the connecting waterfront, inland and downtown neighborhood trails. Inline skate along the harbor. Walk off a wonderful Italian meal in the North End. Or get lost in urban woodland paths.
  • Boston Public Garden – It’s been said, "With age comes beauty." It certainly is true in the case of this park - the nation's oldest public garden – established in 1634. Sit back and enjoy the scenery as you are peddled around in a swan boat. Twirl around the frozen pond in the winter and roll along the paths that wend their way through the park.
  • Crane Beach – You don't have to trek all the way out to Cape Cod or the islands to enjoy the beach. Four miles of sand and sun can be found in the heart of the city. Splash around in the waves. Then rinse off at the bathhouses and have lunch at the concession stands.
  • Minute Man National Historic Park – It is the site of "the shot heard round the world" and consequently, the start of the American Revolution. Turn your attention to a park ranger as he recalls this turning point in American history. Cycle along the five-mile Battle Road Trail. Capture the perfect lighting over North Bridge in a photograph. And stop at the North Bridge Exhibit center to view "The Hancock" and other displays.

Area Activities

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