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Boston’s Best Parks

March 29, 2014 6:00 AM

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(Photo from: Norman B. Leventhal Park/Facebook)

(Photo from: Norman B. Leventhal Park/Facebook)

Boston is known as a bustling city, but hidden inside are some of the most beautiful expanses of land. Relax on the grass, take a stroll through a lush garden or join in the local games and events. Step away from the city life and visit some of Boston’s best parks.
(Photo from Friends of Public Garden)

(Photo from Friends of Public Garden)

Public Garden
69 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 723-8144
www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org

The Public Garden was one of the first American public botanical gardens, and it will whisk you back to Victorian times. The flower beds and trees surround you as you stroll through this luscious garden. Don’t forget to stop to view the many memorials and sculptures, including the George Washington equestrian statue. On a sunny day, take a leisurely ride on the swan boats to get a better view of the lagoon.

(Photo credit: Harborwalk.com)

(Photo credit: Harborwalk.com)

Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
Atlantic Ave.
Boston, MA 02109
(781) 639-6002
www.foccp.org

This eclectic park offers something for everyone. Younger children will love to spend time on the jungle gym and at the tot lot, while older children can run and play in the open spaces. Families can spread a blanket on the lawn to enjoy a picnic lunch or watch the boats in Boston Harbor. Perhaps bring your sweetheart here and take a romantic stroll through the Memorial Rose Garden before sharing a kiss under the trellis.

(Photo from Boston Harborwalk)

(Photo from Boston Harborwalk)

Boston Harborwalk
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 482-1722
www.bostonharborwalk.com

This beautiful walkway along the waterfront takes you through the North End to South Boston and everywhere in between. History buffs can learn about the architecture and exhibits, and watch the ships near Castle Island. Head out early to see the sunrise over Dorchester beach, or make it a late night and take in the skyline from the parks in East Boston. Audio tours are available for download here for those who don’t want to miss a thing.

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(Photo from: Titus Sparrow Park)

(Photo from: Titus Sparrow Park)

Titus Sparrow Park
200 W. Newton St.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 536-1467
www.titussparrowpark.org

Titus Sparrow Park is a lush, green park in the South End. There are many activities to do in the park and there are free community programs throughout the year. The tennis and basketball courts make for great family fun, while the community garden spaces are a great place to stroll. Before your visit, be sure to check out the upcoming events page here to see what fun might be happening at the park.

(Photo from: Norman B. Leventhal Park/Facebook)

(Photo from: Norman B. Leventhal Park/Facebook)

Norman B. Leventhal Park
Post Office Square
130 Congress St.
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 423-1500
www.normanbleventhalpark.org

This park is situated right above an underground parking garage, which makes it easily accessible for visitors and locals alike. It covers 1.7 acres of land that is lush with foliage, and boasts a sculptural fountain that provides a whimsical feel. Seating here ranges from steel settees and teak benches to cafe chairs and tables alongside hundreds of feet of polished granite wall. You will forget you are in the city in this meticulously manicured park.

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Kim Vareika is the owner of Vareika Personal Training and Yoga in Plainville. She has been in the fitness industry for over ten years, and believes that wellness is about more than just physical health. When she is not teaching, practicing, or writing, she resides in Bridgewater where she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her nephew Caesar. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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