10 Under-Appreciated Boston Parks You Should Visit

Ditch the crowds and explore these hidden gem green spaces.

The Common and the Arnold Arboretum get a lot of love around here—for good reason. But Boston is also home to a slew of gorgeous green spaces that fly a little further under the radar. Next time you’re itching to feel the breeze in your hair and the grass under your toes, check out these under-appreciated Boston parks:

1. Torbert MacDonald State Park

This Medford gem is just a stone’s throw from Assembly Row, but it offers plenty of scenic views of the Mystic River and the city skyline in the distance.

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2. Quincy Quarries Reservation

Part park, part public art project, Quincy Quarries Reservation is a great spot for both weekend explores and funky photo shoots.

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3. Jean B. Waldstein Playground

This park, located just off the Beaconsfield T stop in Brookline, offers a splash ground for the kids, tennis and basketball courts for adults, and plenty of green space for everybody. Pro tip: Many area residents bring their dogs here to play, too.

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4. Lovells Island

A visit to this quiet Boston Harbor Island is well worth the ferry ride. Let the crowds teem on Georges and Spectacle while you explore this 62-acre island, complete with deserted beaches and views of Boston Light.

5. Amory Park/Hall’s Pond Sanctuary

In a shady corner of this well-used park in Brookline is the Hall’s Pond Sanctuary, a wonderful area for a wooded stroll. There’s also a quaint gazebo for all your Instagramming needs.

6. Allandale Woods

This sprawling, 86-acre West Roxbury green space includes a pond, a historic spring house, and plenty of trails just waiting to be explored.

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7. Neponset River Greenway

Soak in the water views on this gorgeous greenway winding its way through Milton, Mattapan, and Dorchester. It’s a great place for a morning jog or an anytime stroll.

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8. Mount Auburn Cemetery

It may feel a little creepy to spend your leisure time in a cemetery, but you’ll get over it when you see just how beautiful this quiet Cambridge spot really is.

9. Belle Isle Marsh

Take the Blue Line out to Suffolk Downs and you’ll soon find yourself at Belle Isle Marsh, a 241-acre salt marsh in East Boston. Take in the full views from the on-site overlook tower.

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10. Southwest Corridor Park

Stretching all the way from Back Bay to Forest Hills, this skinny park rivals the Esplanade in terms of uninterrupted running potential. It’s also pretty darn lovely.