I can’t spend too much time in a city before I have the urge to get back into nature. Lucky for me, Fredrick Law Olmsted has designed many green spaces around American cities. One of them is the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University [125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130] in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood, the largest park in Boston’s Emerald Necklace: Six parks which span over seven miles and serve as a backyard for city residents and a place of interest for visitors like myself.
The arboretum is large enough to wander for a few hours, but not so big that you can get seriously lost. There are maps scattered around the trails so you can see where you are, what you want to view, and how far you want to go.
We watched the blue jays, cardinals, and chipmunks preparing for winter. When walking around the lakes there were a few roses still in bloom, the flower being a rare sight in the arboretum where trees reign king.
It was a beautiful time to visit an arboretum, peak foliage, but I’m sure all seasons are lovely here. Even with a light drizzle it was worth it to walk around these majestic trees and breath some fresh air, right outside the city limits.