Rose Kennedy Greenway

A ribbon of parks and plazas, where once was a traffic jam

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The Rose Kennedy Greenway is a gorgeous green addition to downtown Boston, reconnecting the North End and the Waterfront to the rest of the city. It’s a delightful strolling route, replete with gardens, art and amusements.

The northern terminus is (appropriately) the North End Parks, with plenty of space for picnicking and playing. Nearby, in the Armenian Heritage Park, a walking labyrinth provides a place for meditation or contemplation.

Populated with whimsical creatures from New England’s oceans and forests, the Boston Carousel offers a fun ride for all. Kids also love to cool off in the Rings Fountain, an unpredictable and irresistible water feature.  On Saturdays (May to October), the Greenway Open Market takes place along this stretch.

Near South Station, food trucks park at Dewey Square, making it a good lunchtime destination. At the southern end of the Greenway, the atmospheric Chinatown Plaza marks the gateway to that neighborhood.

In this space, from Chinatown to Charlestown, there was once something called the “central artery,” a raised and always-congested expressway that cut through the heart of Boston. The famous decade-long Big Dig (aka the Central Artery Project) buried the expressway. The project was an upheaval of epic proportions. That said, the result — the Rose Kennedy Greenway — was worth the wait.

T: South Station/Red Line or Aquarium/Blue Line

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Central Artery

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