Parks & beaches
A long blue and green space, the Charles River Reservation (tel. 617-626-1250) borders the Charles River. This riverside park offers striking views of Back Bay and the Financial District’s skyscrapers, as well as the opposite shore, along which lies the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus.
During the late 1800s, the City of Boston enlisted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to design a continuous line of parkland stretching from the Boston Common to West Roxbury. Olmsted linked existing green spaces with parks of his own design to create the Emerald Necklace (tel. 617-232-5374, www.emeraldnecklace.org), an interconnected series of parks that stretches from the Boston Common to the Public Garden along Commonwealth Avenue, through the Back Bay Fens, the Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Park, Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park.