If you’re looking to discover new green spaces around Boston, Urbnparks has you covered. Created during the pandemic by a local parks lover, the website lists 300+ parks around Greater Boston.
You can search by specific neighborhoods or features (think: sports fields, botanical gardens, and public art). Each park’s page lists basic information like hours, nearby transportation, and if there are public restrooms.
Nate Fishman, the project’s founder, was kind enough to share his recommendations for 10 hidden gem parks that every Bostonian should know about:
🌳 Langone Park, 529-543 Commercial St., North End
If you’re looking for a side of scenery with your sports, head to this North End park. Featuring basketball and bocce courts, checkers and chess tables + wading pools, there are plenty of activities to keep you entertained while you drink in the waterfront views.
🌳 Ramler Park, 130 Peterborough St., Fenway
This small but mighty space has plenty of flower gardens, offering some quiet beauty away from the Fenway hustle and bustle. Pro tip: bring a book to read on one of the many benches.
🌳 Highland Park, 22-98 Fort Ave., Roxbury
Visit to celebrate the area’s recent designation as a protected historic district. While you’re there, head up to the Fort Hill Tower for views of the city skyline.
🌳 Dorchester Heights, 95 G St., South Boston
City Editor Sara used to live by this park, and highly recommends visiting for unique views of Boston. Pro tip: this is a dog-friendly park, so bring your furry friends along.
🌳 Underground at Ink Block, 90 Traveler St., South End
This one’s for the public art aficionados. Located under the bridge of Route 93 and near the Fort Point channel, there are 21 colorful murals from local artists. There are also walking + biking paths, plus a fenced-in dog area.
🌳 North Point Park, 6 Museum Way, Cambridge
Just across the Charles River, this park, which is also a kayak launch point, is great for a photo opp of the Zakim Bridge. Pro tip: bring the kiddos along to enjoy the playground and large splash pad.
🌳 Herter Park, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd., Allston
Stop by to grab a brew from the Night Shift Brewing Owl’s Nest, and stick around to view the brand new mural of Rita Hester by local artist Rixy. The dog-friendly park also an amphitheater space with a packed schedule of live performances and events.
🌳 Norman B. Leventhal Park, 130 Congress St., Downtown
This little pocket of calm right in the middle of downtown has a walk-through garden trellis and a large sculptural fountain. Make plans to visit on your next lunch break, or plan a picnic with a friend.
🌳 Amory Playground, Freeman + Amory Streets, Brookline
Get your racquets ready for this park with six tennis courts and a center where you can purchase tennis equipment. Then, visit Hall’s Pond Sanctuary (a wooded area inside the park) to hit the hiking trails and do some bird watching.
🌳 Corey Hill Playground, Summit Avenue, Brookline
Kick back and relax with tons of seating, including picnic tables, hammocks + adirondack-style chairs. This park is dog-friendly, but only on the hill and picnic side (not the side with the playground).