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7 PARKS TO VISIT IN BOSTON

Boston’s outdoor venues come alive in the summer with a wealth of performances and public art displays. The concierge at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston shares some of the city’s best green spaces to visit to experience the city at its finest.

 

1. Arts and Culture at Boston Common

Theater lovers can enjoy “Romeo and Juliet” July 19-August 6 at Parkman Bandstand, part of the Shakespeare on the Common series, now in its 21st year. Visit Website

2. Fenway Park

Celebrate America’s game at one of the country’s oldest and most-loved ballparks this summer: Fenway Park. If a game isn’t in the cards, take a behind-the-scenes tour — available every day until 5 p.m. — to meet the iconic Green Monster and Pesky’s Pole. Visit website

3. Independence Day along the Charles River

Boston’s Fourth of July celebration is among the best in the nation, with the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular wowing 500,000 visitors on the banks of the Charles River with music, entertainment, firing cannons and ringing church bells. Find a spot to appreciate the view at the Charles River Esplanade. Visit Website

4. Tour the Public Garden

The first public botanical garden in the U.S. has docent-led walking tours during the summer. Bring a hat and join in a journey through history as you learn about the sculptures and horticulture of this famous park — and hop on a Swan Boat afterwards. Visit Website

5. “Space of Hope” at The Greenway

The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy hosts internationally-noted Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo mural work on the popular Greenway Wall. Visit Website

6. Boston Harbor Islands National and State Parks

Explore tidepools on Lovells Island, or tour Fort Warren, a Civil War fort known for its resident ghost, the Lady in Black. There’s a full summer lineup on the Boston Harbor Islands, including a park ranger-led tour of Boston Light, the nation’s oldest light station. Through mid-October. Visit Website

7. Metropolitan Wind Symphony’s Concerts in the Park

Woodwinds, brass and percussions unite in Boston’s parks this summer. Music director Lewis Buckley leads more than 70 instrumentalists in outdoor performances on Hastings Park and Jamaica Pond’s Pineback Promontory. July 13, 20, 27 and 30. Visit Website