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  • Park Arts Summer Guide (75)

    ParkARTS Events

    The Parks Department created the ParkARTS program to bring art and culture to Boston's neighborhoods for free. From art workshops to Shakespeare on the Common, ParkARTS has a diverse summer events calendar.

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    Visit the Public Garden

    The Public Garden, established in 1837, is the first public botanical garden in the United States. Today, with its plant material chosen for ornamental excellence as well as its botanical diversity, it forms a green and flowering oasis in the heart of a great metropolis. Take a stroll, ride the world famous Swan Boats, or simply sit and enjoy this urban paradise.

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  • Bird

    Check Out the Birds of Boston

    Our partners at the Friends of Jamaica Pond have created several guides documenting the wide variety of birds that can be seen in our city. Download their master checklist and see who you can find in parks throughout Boston!

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    Visit the Boston Harbor Islands!

    A variety of activities take place on the islands throughout the summer and fall including tours, concerts, camping, water sports, and more. Ferries run to the Boston Harbor Islands from May through October, so plan your trip now!

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  • Frog Pond Center

    Boston Common Frog Pond and Carousel

    Over the summer children can take a spin on a colorful carousel before cooling off in Boston Common's Spray pool. A number of other activities such as free puppet shows and movie nights occur during the summer spray pool season of June through Labor Day.

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  • Skating Night (75)

    Frog Pond Skating

    At the Boston Common, winter means gliding across the ice-covered Frog Pond. There are many ways to enjoy the Frog Pond over the winter, such as public skating, skating lessons, $2 college nights, group rates, season passes, and skate rentals. The warming areas will be packed with skaters of all ages during the winter skating season of November through March, and don't forget to attend the First Night Skating Show on New Year's Eve.

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  • See a listing of upcoming events at Boston's Parks.

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