Boston's Emerald Necklace Guided Bicycle Tour

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  • 4 hr

The Emerald Necklace bike tour is an amazing way to see Boston’s most famous green spaces in a ‘green’ way - you may forget you are in the heart of the city! Discover Frederick Law Olmsted’s famous system of parks on this bicycle tour of the historic Emerald Necklace. From the shaded boulevard on Commonwealth Avenue to the popular shores of Jamaica Pond to the winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum, this route is a fabulous way to experience Boston's park system. The route is a favorite among locals! The parks are gorgeous any time of the year, but the foliage peaks in color between mid October and early November. This tour is up to 4 hours long and covers at least 15 miles, with several hills. Riders must be comfortable spending that much time on a bike and covering that distance. This ride covers many hidden gems in Boston.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Urban AdvenTours

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Urban AdvenTours

Arrive at our shop 30 minutes prior to your tour time. You'll be asked to sign a waiver and be fitted on your bike. You guide will provide an overview of the ride, what to expect, as well as our safety tips and rules of the road.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: North End

Our ride will start in the North End, Boston's Italian neighborhood. You will likely smell the garlic as we roll through. At the end of your tour, you guide will be happy to recommend a restaurant or pastry shop (mmm...cannolis!)

Pass By: Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge

Curious to know the inspiration behind Boston's new(ish) bridge? Our guides will let you know a few fun facts behind the design...

Pass By: TD Garden

Along our route, we'll ride past TD Garden, home of the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, and many a concert!

Pass By: Beacon Hill

Cycle through Beacon Hill, on of Boston's most famous - and photographed - neighborhoods.

Stop At: Louisburg Square

Louisburg Square is famously known as a literary square, with previous residents including Louisa May Alcott and Robert Frost.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Charles River Esplanade

Our route will take us along the river on the Esplanade, where we'll ride by the Hatch Shell, the outdoor concert stage which was made famous by the Boston Pops Orchestra, which performs during the Fourth of July fireworks.

Pass By: Back Bay

We'll ride through the Back Bay Fens, one of the parks in the Emerald Necklace park system, which was designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The Fens are home to Victory Gardens dating back to WWII, as well as two of Boston's art museums - the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Pass By: Museum of Fine Arts

The MFA is a world class art museum. We'll stop to see one of their unique art installations outside of the museum. Banners outside will give you an idea of current exhibits, but the MFA is always worth a visit while you're in Boston.

Pass By: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

We'll pass by the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - we recommend planning a visit during your time in Boston!

Stop At: Emerald Necklace

During this tour, we'll ride through the famed Emerald Necklace, which is a chain of green spaces and parks. You may not even feel as though you are right in the heart of a city!

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Jamaica Pond

Ride around Jamaica Pond, a kettle pond within the Emerald Necklace.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Arnold Arboretum

We'll ride through Arnold Arboretum, the second "link" in the Emerald Necklace park system

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: South End

Ride through Boston's South End neighborhood.

Stop At: Copley Square

Copley Plaza is the heart of the Back Bay neighborhood. The John Hancock building, Trinity Church, and the Boston Public Library surround the square. Copley Plaza also marks the finish line for the Boston Marathon.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Trinity Church

You'll see Trinity Church when we stop in Copley Plaza.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: John Hancock Tower

See the John Hancock Tower during our stop at Copley Plaza.

Duration: 5 minutes

Stop At: Boston Public Library

You'll see the Boston Public Library when we stop in Copley Square.

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Commonwealth Avenue Mall

Ride in the bike path along Comm Ave

Pass By: Boston Public Garden

Ride along the Boston Public Garden, home to the famous Swan Boats and Make Way for Ducklings sculptures.

Stop At: Boston Common

We'll visit America's oldest park!

Duration: 5 minutes

Pass By: Downtown Crossing

We'll ride through Downtown Crossing, the original shopping district in Boston.

Pass By: Freedom Trail

Many people ask if we will ride the Freedom Trail on tour. While it's not possible to follow the entire route on bike, we'll cross over the Freedom Trail multiple times along our tour.

Pass By: Old South Meeting House

As we ride through Downtown Crossing, you'll see the Old South Meeting House.

Pass By: Rose Kennedy Greenway

One of the city's newest parks, created during "the Big Dig". Rose Kennedy Greenway is the home of many unique art installations, gardens, splash fountains, and farmer's markets.

Stop At: Boston Harbor Cruises

From Long Wharf, you can see the Old State House - the site of the Boston Massacre - the Custom House Building, the Seaport District of South Boston, and the neighborhood of East Boston.

Duration: 10 minutes
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