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Best parks in Boston

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“Located in the heart of downtown, Boston Common is an essential attraction for all visitors and travelers coming to Boston. Boston's financial district, downtown Crossing, Newbury Street, Copley Place, Public Garden, and many more major attractions are within walking distance. Boston Common used to be a huge grazing area for livestock in the 19th century and now turned into a common space that serves as a park and hosts multiple festivals, events throughout the year. There are various food trucks/vendors near the Park Street stop and various monuments scattered across the Commons. In the winter, the Frog Pond within the Commons transforms into an outdoor skating rink; during the summer the Frog Pond carousel is open to kids along with a nearby playground. ”
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Garden
“Right next to the Boston Commons, the Public Garden is a popular tourist attraction especially during the spring and summer seasons. In the middle of the garden is a huge pond where tourists have the option of riding Swan boats that take you around for a short, relaxing ride. The garden is well-decorated and maintained with beautiful flowers and a common place for people to picnic, take a stroll, walk their dogs, & take photos. Although substantially smaller than New York's Central Park, the Public Garden is a great place to check out!”
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Park
“One of Boston's oldest and most beautiful parks. You can get there on a bike path, or by car. It is about 2 miles away. ”
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Zoo
“This park, part of the Emerald Necklace of green spaces, includes a zoo, golf course & arboretum.”
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Plaza
“The main square of the Back Bay area is surrounded by both old and ultra-modern buildings. Its architectural highlight is Trinity Church, a red sandstone building designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson in his distinctive style, known as Richardson Romanesque. Trinity is widely considered to be his finest work. The murals, frescoes, and painted decorations inside are by John La Farge and much of the fine stained glass is by Edward Burne-Jones and William Morris. Facing it, across a grassy lawn where you can enjoy a picnic lunch with neighborhood office workers, is the Boston Public Library founded in 1848 as the first publicly funded lending library in the country. ”
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Lake
“Ranger Station with guided walks, nature programs and path around the reservoir. Also water treatment plant tours.”
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Park
“Walk along the Charles River or have a picnic lunch. Take the kids or dogs out to play.”
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Music Venue
“Enjoy a fun early morning or afternoon jog and see the famous Hatch shell. Its a great place to view the 4th of July fireworks and they hold classical concerts there.”
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Garden
“Amazing! The oldest WWII war food public gardens in the USA. Now residents of Boston can use them for plant or food gardening.”
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Park
“A gem of a park in East Boston. Great for a picnic with stunning views of Boston. Warm spring and summer nights are incredibly pleasant there. You need to check it out. The sailing center itself is a great gem in Eastie. Not sure about membership or rates. ”
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Park
“Beautiful bike, walking trails, bridges, nature along the river, with best views of Cambridge and the river. Enjoy walks and sunsets or just get away from the noise of the city”
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College Quad
“Bustling and beautiful - see the statue of John Harvard and the classic buildings of the quad”
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Park
“Closest T stop - Train Station. Buses run frequently form Bus Stop steps from our home. Reach Harvard Sq Red Line Station in 10 mins. Visit the Harvard Coop, restaurants, bars, shopping”
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National Park
“The Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area is a National Recreation Area situated among the islands of Boston Harbor of Boston, Massachusetts.”
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Park
“If you're looking for a place to spend the day outdoors on a hot sunny day, then this is a great spot! The Lawn on D has outdoor swings that light up at night, perfect for photos during the evening/night. They have music, food, lawn games, ping pong tables, lawn chairs & an open lawn to hang out and have fun. Check their website to see their hours, and seasonal events: https://www.signatureboston.com/lawn-on-d”
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Park
“Home of the first American flag and great views of the city. There is also a nice playground.”
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