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Emerald Necklace

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Address: 891 Centre Street, Boston, MA 02130-2776
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Frederick Law Olmsted designed this chain of parks and green spaces in and...

Frederick Law Olmsted designed this chain of parks and green spaces in and around Boston.

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I thought that we would need to make an effort to visit the various parts of the Emerald Necklace. Little did I understand how Boston has wonderfully integrated green spaces into... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 October 2016
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Magnolia, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I thought that we would need to make an effort to visit the various parts of the Emerald Necklace. Little did I understand how Boston has wonderfully integrated green spaces into the city itself. Hats off to a great job, Boston!

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

If you want to get away from the city and get into nature go to the Emerald Necklace. It is a great walking route through woods and around ponds. I couldn't believe i was in Boston!

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Clemmons, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

Emerald Necklace is an extended walkway going starting in Boston Common in the Beacon Hill neighborhood close to downtown and making its way all the way to Franklin Park in the southernmost parts of Boston. It's a fantastic walk, and once you get south of Huntington Avenue, you will even forget you're in a city it's so peaceful! The path... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015

The Emerald Necklace represents a fine piece of park planning from which Bostonians have benefitted for over a century. Olmsted's vision has left a lasting legacy of lakes, walks, cycle paths and remarkable trees. Clearly popular with local joggers, it deserves attention from visitors though there are places where works and development intrude rudely into its calm.

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Port Moody, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2014

Visited the lovely city of Boston right in time for a brilliant show of fall foliage. I wasn't able to walk all of the Emerald Necklace but stumbled upon the section near Newbury Street by chance. Highly recommend visiting in November. We were lucky to enjoy the 60*F weather with sunny days and blue skies. The green-way is exactly that.... More 

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Park Ridge, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2014

We were lucky enough to learn a bit about the design and history of the park before walking and biking through it. Its design is an important part of Boston's history, and the structure of the park with its underground waterways is something you would not see in other cities. The lines of the park are lovely, with natural borders.... More 

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Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

I finally visited this fascinating place yesterday for the first time (and I only live ten miles away!). NO only was it Olmsted's home in his later years, it was where his business was based, so you can learn how he organized his business which developed so many landscpe architectural plans for places like the Biltmore, the Stanford campus, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2012 via mobile

This site is now re-opened for visits. On Warren Street in Brookline, the grounds include Olmsted's house and the offices of his landscape business. It's a fascinating microcosm of Olmsted's beliefs and designs. And it's a treasure few people know about. The Park Ranger who gave me a tour was very knowledgeable about Olmsted, the man & his work.

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Thompson, CT
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2012

Have heard about the Emerald Necklace for years, so on a recent trip to visit my daughter, we took our bikes along to check it out. We started at Jamaica Pond where parking is very limited. All of the spaces along the pond were taken (around 9:00 AM on a Saturday) so we had to venture into the adjacent neighborhoods... More 

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Raleigh, nc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2012

Each park is slightly different but, all are clean, green and worth seeing. The homes, churches and government/historic sites are worth seeing. Walk to Boston Commons, turn left and eat lunch or dinner on Newbury Street.

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This Boston neighborhood feels like a distinct community unique and separate from the bustle of other areas. Beautiful Victorian homes, restaurants with an emphasis on being eco-friendly and providing local and organic food, and a large Hispanic community. Visit Centre and South streets for restaurants, cafes, and little shops. The Arnold Arboretum is a beautiful, large green space well worth a visit if you venture to JP.
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