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Get some fresh air at these Boston parks and hiking spots

Written by
Eric Grossman

As we enter our next phase of reopening, it's still smart to mostly stay at home, but it's important to get some real fresh air every once in a while. Boston has a wealth of beautiful parks and trails to check out. As long as you maintain proper distancing and follow the rules, a good hike, walk, bike or jog is great for your health. While public programming, camping, and other amenities at these parks have been cancelled, they are open and encouraging the public to safely visit for a dose of nature. Check each location for updated info and protocols.

Boston Common and Boston Public Garden
While these two beautiful parks will likely draw regular crowds, if you can maintain your distance, both parks offer a lovely, flower-filled outdoor respite.

Blue Hills Reservation
Just a few minutes outside of the city proper is a 7,000-acre reservation with 125 miles of resplendent hiking trails. Climb to the top of Great Blue Hill and enjoy an unmatched view of the city skyline.

Middlesex Fells Reservation
This 2,500-acre state park features more than 100 miles of trails with hikes for all levels. Climb the observation tower along the trail for gorgeous views.

Emerald Necklace
This string of parks stretching from Back Bay to Dorchester includes the Back Bay Fens, The Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum, and Franklin Park. Each of these six parkways would make for a refreshing walk.

Arnold Arboretum
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. Take a stroll and see bursts of green, blooming flowers, and plenty of birds. (The Hunnewell Building and Visitor Center are temporarily closed to the public.)

World’s End
This lush nature preserve includes 4.5 miles of easy-to-moderate trails available for exploring. Hike through rolling hills, past saltwater marshes and along the shoreline while catching glimpses of the Boston Skyline.

Chestnut Hill Reservoir
For a short, calm stroll, head to the Reservoir and walk the 1.5 mile loop around the water.

If the weather's crappy or you're stuck inside, you can still give yourself a break by enjoying virtual tours of top local museums or streaming the best Boston-themed content.

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