One of the world’s leading centers for plant study, as well as a lovely place to take a stroll, the Arboretum was established in 1872 and is administered by Harvard University. The 281-acre park setting was planned and designed in collaboration with Frederick Law Olmsted. (As a National Historic Landmark, it's one of the best preserved of Olmsted’s landscapes.) Open to the public, this living collection of thousands of trees, shrubs, and woody vines is recognized as one of the most comprehensive and best documented of its kind in the world. Free guided tours are available on designated days throughout the year—phone for details.
Jamaica Plain has been evolving for decades. Today, trendy restaurants and bars sit alongside Irish pubs and Hispanic bakeries. Creative types and young families flock to the vibrant main drag, Centre Street, where murals decorate the sides of buildings. When the weather agrees, take a break from the shops and cafes to explore Jamaica Pond or some of JP’s green spaces; the neighborhood is home to a significant portion of Boston’s Emerald Necklace. Once you’ve had your fill of this artsy, eclectic ’hood, keep the fun going by checking out our guides to the best restaurants in Boston, best live music in Boston, and best museums in Boston.
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