I’m naturally a city girl – hence choosing to live in one – but sometimes, you just need to get away, even if just for a of couple hours. Luckily, even as one of the many Bostonians without a car, I can get back to nature with just one MBTA ride: at the Arnold Arboretum, at the end of the Orange Line (a short walk from the Forest Hills T Stop).
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is an arboretum (botanical garden devoted to trees) located in the Jamaica Plain and Roslindale sections of Boston, Massachusetts. The Arboretum was founded in 1872, when the President and Fellows of Harvard College became trustees of a portion of the estate of James Arnold, and it was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. It is the second largest “link” of Boston’s famous Emerald Necklace – a 1,100-acre chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways, throughout Boston and Brookline.
Luckily, any Boston visitor or local can visit the Arnold Arboretum whenever the mood strikes them, as the park’s 281-acre landscape is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year! And no matter the time of year, you’ll be sure to have a fun and relaxing time on the Arboretum’s acres of accessible walking trails, and taking in its countless local vegetation species. Additionally, the Arboretum hosts a 43,000-square-foot state-of-the-art research center, and year-round special events – like their Lilac Sunday, held annually during peek lilac blooming season, hosting dozens of local food trucks. Time to get exploring!