It’s been a rough past week for Boston.
The inability to feel safe in one’s own home is an incredibly unnerving experience. Despite this, Bostonians have shown tremendous courage and solidarity in the face of the most gruesome attack on an American city since 9/11.
Whether or not you were personally victimized by the bombs that went off this Patriot’s Day, to witness an act of terror so close to the heart can be quite shattering. Below is a list of five places in the Boston area where the flowers are blooming, and you’ll find plenty of spring air and tranquility.
The Arboretum, founded by Harvard University in 1872, contains over a million specimens of live plants. A part of Boston’s Emerald Necklace conservation project, Arnold Arboretum is perhaps the closest you can get to nature within the city limits. Admittance is free to the public, and the reserve even boasts a hundred-year-old bonsai garden.
At first blush, a cemetery might seem like an odd place to find refuge from the violence of recent events. But Mount Auburn was never intended to be a macabre kind of place. Picture an outdoor museum of Victorian sculpture combined with the most beautiful park you’ve ever been in. The cemetery is celebrating National Poetry Month all throughout April with a series of readings and events.
Walden Pond is the original oasis for quiet reflection. Situated about a half-hour northwest of Boston in Concord MA, it’s worth the drive. Considered to be the birthplace of the conservation movement, today Walden offers visitors a wealth of hiking trails. And when Memorial Day rolls around, the swimming is fantastic. As Thoreau himself said, “All good things are wild and free” (except for the $5.00 charge for parking).
The harbor islands aren’t accessible by ferry until early May, but the season is very nearly upon us. Georges and Spectacle are the first of the dozen harbor islands to offer regular visitor hours in the spring. If you can’t wait that long to get your feet off dry land, Charles River Canoe And Kayak is reopening its Boston location for rentals on April 21st.
The Minuteman Bikeway connects 10 miles of historic sites between Alewife Station in Cambridge through Arlington, Lexington, and Bedford. Downloadable maps of the entire trail are available on the Bikeway’s official website, as well as a comprehensive list of other bike trails in the area.