From May through October, the Conservancy offers a series of guided walking and bike tours led by Emerald Necklace Conservancy docents. Visitors can stroll among scented blooms, take a walk into history, discover the hidden gems of the Back Bay Fens landscape or ride along the bicycle paths to explore more of the Necklace.
Guided walking tours are free, but a suggested $10 donation is requested. All tours start from the Shattuck Visitor Center unless otherwise noted. Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a refillable water bottle. In the event of inclement weather, registrants will be notified of tour cancellations by email.
Private Walking Tours
Looking for a fun and educational activity for your book club, garden club, class or church group? The Conservancy is pleased to offer privately-led interpretive tours of the Back Bay Fens. For more information, please contact Marketing and Communications Coordinator Declan Battles at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shattuck Visitor Center
125 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
Tour schedules are subject to change! Check back before your tour or call 617.522.2700 for updates.
Hello, Muddy! Guided Tour of the Restored Muddy River
You’ll traverse the footprint of the restored Muddy River in the Back Bay Fens on this docent-led tour and hear the story of the river and how a piece of Olmsted’s landscape was reclaimed as parkland after spending decades paved over and used as a parking lot.
Evening Garden Stroll
Enjoy a leisurely walk through the gardens of the Fens. You’ll take in the sights and scents of the historic Kelleher Rose Garden with its more than 1,500 roses and recently reconstructed fountain, and meander the paths of the oldest continually operating Victory Garden in America.