Want to see an American masterpiece in landscaping? The Emerald Necklace tour is an amazing way to see Boston’s most famous green spaces in a ‘green’ way. 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 chain Come enjoy a route that’s a favorite among locals and the best way to see the green side of Boston. The Parks are gorgeous any time of the year, but the foliage peaks in color between mid October and early November.
This tour covers many hidden gems in Boston, including:
- The Boston Common and Public Garden
- The famous Charles River Esplanade
- The Museum of Fine Arts and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
- The Rose Kennedy Greenway – Boston’s newest public park
- The Arnold Arboretum
- And many more exciting sights!
The Emerald Necklace tour is $75 per guest and includes an individually-fitted bike, helmet, water, and, of course, a friendly and knowledgeable guide who will lead you on your travels.
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.
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FAQ’s About the Emerald Necklace Tour
Q: Is this tour good for beginner riders and young children?
A: No. This tour rides about about 50/50 on bike paths and city streets, but covers over 15 miles over about 3.5 hours. Guests looking for an easier tour with very little street riding should consider the Tour de Boston.
Q: Do you offer private tours for families or groups?
A: Yes! Please refer to our Private Tours page for more details. Minimum orders and additional fees will apply.
Q: Does this tour cover the Freedom Trail or other Downtown sites?
A: Not exactly. While the tour will ride by many of the major tourist attractions in Boston, the focus of this tour is on the park spaces and urban design of the City of Boston.