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The Rose F. Kennedy Greenway

Stroll through Boston's beautiful new “People’s Park” that annually attracts over a million residents and visitors

mural of birds on boston's kennedy greenway

Tour Description

In the 1950s, construction of the Central Artery, a 6-lane elevated highway through downtown Boston, overtook a 30-acre corridor of land that displaced thousands of businesses and residents and cut off the city’s North End and waterfront.

Forty years later, the Big Dig moved the highway underground, creating the rare opportunity to recover this land and transform it into a new civic space for all to enjoy – the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway.

Join us in walking the 1.5-mile Greenway, a “people’s park” that annually attracts over a million residents and visitors to gather, play, stroll its gardens and experience ever-changing contemporary art exhibits.

Learn about the Greenway’s evolution, its stewardship, and the extensive public planning process that shaped the use of this space and continues to influence current and future developments along the route.

Tour Information

tour duration
DURATION

90 minutes

tour distance
DISTANCE

1.2 miles

tour terrain level 1
TERRAIN

mostly flat surfaces and little to no inclines

Public Tour Calendar

Private Tours

This tour can be scheduled as a private tour with advance notice. Call 617.367.2345 or use our private tour webform to learn more.

Starting Location

Meet your guide at the North End Parks - corner of Sudbury Street and Cross Street (near Haymarket MBTA stop).

Finding Your Guide: All guides carry an 8×11 sign that says “Boston By Foot Walking Tours.”

Nearest MBTA Station: Haymarket (Green & Orange Lines)

Ending Location

This tour ends in the general area of Chinatown Gate.

Nearest Accessible MBTA Station: Chinatown (Orange Line)

“Yesterday, I took the tour of the Esplanade. It was a very challenging day for the docents, as there was a huge concert also scheduled for the Esplanade that day. They somehow managed to direct us to another starting point and gave us an extraordinary amount of information, even though their route was changed. I am always impressed with the tour docents, but I wanted to give an extra thanks for the wonderful tour I went on yesterday.”
— Woburn, MA