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Boston's Emerald Necklace and Fall Foliage Guide

Discover Frederick Law Olmsted's famous system of parks on this bicycle tour of the historic Emerald Necklace.

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Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 16.2 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours

Overview :  Discover Frederick Law Olmsted's famous system of parks on this bicycle tour of the historic Emerald Necklace. From the shaded... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Copp's Hill, USS Constitution and Bunker Hill Viewing location

On the way to the Copps Hill Cemetery, you'll pass the Old North Church where upon instructions from Paul Revere, Robert Newman hung lanterns to alert the Patriots that the British were coming!

First stop: Copp's Hill Burying Ground. The burying ground is the second oldest in Boston and named after William Copp, who previously owned the land.... More

2. Charles River Esplanade and the Hatch Shell

At this scenic spot, gaze out at the famous Charles River. Looking over the river to Cambridge, to the right you can spot part of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Farther to the right, you'll witness the Museum of Science. And within the park that is behind you, is the dome shaped, outdoor concert venue, the Edward A. Hatch Memorial... More

Peanuts! Peanuts! Get your Peanuts! Behold the world famous baseball park, home of the Boston Red Sox and Green Monster! Fenway Park was built in 1912 and is the oldest Major League Baseball stadium still in use. After venturing down Yawkey Way to see the stadium, take a roll down Lansdowne Street to see some of the many bars, clubs and music... More

4. Olmsted Park

Ponds, trees, and ducks, oh my! Olmsted Park is a series of ponds, athletic fields, and babbling brooks. Named after Frederick Law Olmsted, the park was established in 1891. In building the park, not many changes needed to be made to the landscapes because the land itself was already so lovely. Thus, the park was designed to enhance the natural... More

Where can you go if you want a hike a mountain and you are stuck in Boston? How about the Arnold Arboretum! Although not an actual mountain, it is one very massive hill. The arboretum was established in 1872. Harvard University has curated the park since the opening and still does to this day.

The best part about the arboretum is that is has... More

Here you can find one of the finest 19th century cemeteries in the country, as declared by the National Register of Historic Places. The famous writer, E.E. Cummings is buried here. The Forest Hills cemetery makes up a large portion of the Forest Hills area. Parks and another arboretum make up the remainder of the hills.

Next to the park is the ... More

7. Southwest Corridor

This is a park, a walkway, and a bike path! The Southwest Corridor stretches for 4.7 miles and takes up 52 acres of land from the Back Bay to Forest Hills. The park connects the South End, Back Bay, Roxbury and Jamaica Plain. It's like a mini-highway for cyclists and pedestrians! It is a good thing that the State decided against a 12-lane highway ... More

The Boston Public Gardens, established in 1837 by philanthropist Horace Gray, is an excellent place to appreciate the aesthetic and calming qualities of nature. Just across the street is the Boston Common, Boston's central public park. The Common dates back to 1634, making it one of the oldest city parks in the United States.