• The Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Welcome to the Emerald Necklace

In the heart of Boston and extending to Brookline, the historic Emerald Necklace park system serves as the backyard for city residents and a destination for more than one million visitors each year. Stretching from Back Bay to Dorchester, this inviting green space connects people and nature, just as landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted intended when he designed it more than 100 years ago.

Today, the six parks under the Emerald Necklace Conservancy’s stewardship offer a range of experiences — from quiet time on a shaded bench to recreational activities like sailing, hiking, golf or softball. With an arboretum and a zoo, the Emerald Necklace’s attractions are as diverse as the New England seasons. Come explore the many things to do in Boston!

What you’ll find in our parks

Basketball Courts
Baseball Fields
Running Track
White Stadium
Tennis courts
Cricket pitch
Daisy Field
William J. Devine Golf Course and Clubhouse
Hiking / walking / biking trails
Bridle Path

James P. Kelleher Rose Garden
Community Gardens
The Woodlands
Wildflower Meadow
The Wilderness (historic forest)
Shattuck Visitor Center
Gazebo at the Chapel Street Bridge
Stone bridges
Jamaica Pond Boathouse
Hunnewell Visitor Center
Elma Louis Playhouse in the Park

Franklin Park Zoo / Zoo New England

Open space for picnics
Dogs on leash allowed
Public Parking (limited)