900 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02122
Phone: (617) 287-9200
Fax: (617) 282-2365
900 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA, US, 02122
- Phone: (617) 287-9200
- Fax: (617) 282-2365
Whether you want to hone your sporting skills or just watch others in action, head to the Clark Athletic Center. You can shoot some hoops, or do some laps at the swimming pool. There are athletic tracks as well as a hockey field. Enjoy ice skating in the Winter; and in spring and summer, you can check out the sailing program.
Franklin Park Zoo has numerous habitats with exotic animals from all over the globe, including a tropical forest with gorillas, warthogs, tapirs and bats. Hit the Outback Trail to view kangaroos, wallabies, emus and cockatoos. Exciting encounters with lions, zebras, ostriches, snow leopards and butterflies are also possible. The Franklin Farm exhibit features a petting zoo for children and a chicken hatchery. Check website for more
This gorgeous, 18-hole public golf course is located in a park that was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Run by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, the course has some tricky sand traps dotting the manicured grounds. Register at the pro shop, stock up at the snack bar, and head out for a few hours of golf. When you're done, relax in the clubhouse and rub elbows with the regulars. Golf carts are available for rental. Course is open year-round, except when there is snow on the ground.
The Massachusetts Audubon society transformed the former Boston State Hospital into a urban sanctuary with miles of wheelchair-accessible trails ideal for hiking and bird watching. The George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center on the sanctuary grounds offers weekly environmental education programs for local school children. The center is considered one of the greenest buildings in Boston and strives to teach environmental sustainability to all visitors. Rather than charge for admission the sanctuary kindly asks for a donation instead.
Established in 2003, Granite Links has been consistently ranked among some of the best golf courses in the country. Spread out over 450 acres (182.11 hectares), the 27-hole championship course offers a challenging game for all skill levels. The course is host to the prestigious Senior LPGA Legends Golf Tour as well as the BJ's Charity Championship. Facilities at the club include a pro-shop as well as an expansive clubhouse with a restaurant and excellent meeting facilities. Check website for more.
Opened in 1995 and named after the late Boston Celtics star, this facility is great place for a workout or a reception. The gem of the center is the 200-meter oval running track. It is constructed from high-tech materials and is considered one of the five best indoor running facilities in America. There are also basketball, tennis and volleyball courts; weight, fitness and training rooms; wrestling areas and a dance studio. In addition to the athletic facilities, there are several meeting and function rooms available for meetings, banquets and conferences.
With its collection of photographs and artifacts, this museum celebrates the life and deeds of African-American leader and abolitionist, Harriet Tubman. A figure from the famous slave-liberating Underground Railroad, Tubman was born into slavery but escaped to Boston in 1849. Nicknamed the "Black Moses," she personally helped over 300 people escape from slavery. Admission is free.
Arnold Arboretum, a botanical garden, located in Jamaica Plain, is the crown jewel in Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace, which is the chain of Boston parks that he created. The manicured grounds, under the management of Harvard University, are filled with exotic flora that are tagged with species and genus names for the eager amateur botanist. The annual 'Lilac Sunday' during the second week of May draws thousands of visitors to enjoy the beauty of over 500 lilac bushes.
A fleet of Ducks- brightly colored, vintage World War II amphibious vehicles provide narrated, half-land, half-water tours of Boston. Do not be alarmed when your Duck abandons its wheels and lowers itself onto the Charles River! Tours cover many of Boston's downtown tourist attractions and famous spots like the State House and the Prudential Tower. Keep in mind, tour guides encourage quacking! Tours depart from three different locations, the Museum of Science, Prudential Center and New England Aquarium. Tickets sell out quickly, especially on summer weekends, so remember to book early.
This large pond was carved out by glaciers during the last Ice Age. Unusually deep and cold, Jamaica Pond is linked via underground channels to other bodies of water along the Jamaicaway. The park features one path for walkers and runners and another path for cyclists. During the summer months, you can rent a rowboat or sailboat, or you can fish for trout, bass, salmon and perch. Check website for more.
Freedom Trail is a three-mile ribbon of red paint that links 16 historical sites. Most visitors start the trail at the Boston Common. The National Park Service offers 90-minute guided tours starting at the Boston National Historical Park Visitor Center. Maps are also available here. Stops include the Old State House, Faneuil Hall and the Old North Church. You can also discover Paul Revere's house, the site of the Boston Massacre, and the Copp's Hill Burial Ground. At the end of the trail in Charlestown, the Bunker Hill Monument and the U.S.S. Constitution await you.
Designed by Arthur Gilman in 1856, Commonwealth Avenue Mall is one of the most visited landmarks in Boston. The picturesque park acquires its green splendor from a variety of trees like American elm, sweetgum, green ash, maple and Japanese pagoda planted here. Quite a few statues of eminent personalities are also dotted around the park area. Some known faces who have graced this place are Alexander Hamilton, William Lloyd Garrison, Domingo Sarmiento and Samuel Eliot Morison. If all you want is some clean fun, then head to this park with friends, family and especially kids for a stroll or a run or to have a quiet lunch. It is also a great place to take your pet for a stroll and to simply get back to nature.