Great Outdoor Boston Attractions to Explore This Summer: Part 2 of 2

In this second of a two-part series, we will continue to explore great places to visit in Boston and the surrounding area during the summer.

Fresh Pond

Located in Cambridge, Fresh Pond is a 155-acre water source surrounded by a 162-acre wildlife sanctuary. Here, you can enjoy walking, hiking and jogging trails along with bike paths. Public events are also held at Fresh Pond during the warmer months.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

While the Isabella Steward Gardner Museum is primarily an indoor attraction, one of its areas is more of an exterior attraction. Designed by Willard T. Sears and dating back to 1901, the museum’s walled-in courtyard reflects its namesake’s love of horticulture.

Massachusetts State House

Situated at 24 Beacon Street, the Massachusetts State House is certainly worth visiting to simply view its exterior design. Completed in 1798, the State House was constructed on a cow pasture that was once owned by John Hancock. Designed by Charles Bulfinch in the Federal style, the State House features a dome covered in a 23-karat gold coating. In addition to looking attractive, the gold coating also helps to prevent leaks.

Mount Auburn Cemetery

Cambridge’s Mount Auburn Cemetery serves as the final resting place for more than 900 people who served during the Civil War. Dating back to 1831, the cemetery was the first planned rural cemetery in the country. Located at 580 Mt Auburn Street, the cemetery features a large sphinx statue that serves as a memorial to those who died.

New England Aquarium

While visiting the New England Aquarium is certainly worthwhile, you can see one of its best features without paying a cent and without going indoors! This exhibit is the 42,000-gallon harbor seal exhibit located right outside on the front plaza and to the left of the aquarium’s front doors. The aquarium is located a 1 Central Wharf.

Park Street Church

Once the tallest building in the United States, the Park Street Church stands at 217 feet tall. Dating back to 1810, the church can be easily accessed by walling along the Freedom Trail and reaching 1 Park Street. It is also located next to the cemetery containing the graves of such notables as Paul Revere, John Hancock and Samuel Adams.

Public Garden

Dating back to the early 19th century, the Public Garden boasts 24 acres of statuary, foliage, flowers and other plantings. Located at 4 Charles Street next to the Boston Common, the Public Garden also offers plenty of seating for rest and relaxation.

Rose Kennedy Greenway

Essentially a rooftop garden atop a highway tunnel, the Rose Kennedy Greenway snakes through the heart of Boston and features a number of markers, memorials and curiosities. Stretching 1.5 miles, the linear park is one of the more unique urban parks in the United States.

U.S.S. Constitution

Located in the Charlestown Navy Yard, the U.S.S. Constitution is the oldest commissioned battleship in the world. After undergoing 30 months of repairs, the battleship was reopened for tours just a couple of years ago. While there, you may also want to consider visiting the neighboring museum dedicated to heavy frigate.

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