In case you hadn’t noticed, Boston is in bloom. I hadn’t noticed either until I went into the city over the weekend. Even with grey skies, Boston still dazzled in tulips, daffodils and rhododendrums. There’s plenty of bling to see right now, but where are the best places to see the city and surrounding areas in full color? It’s revealed, below…The absolute best places to see Boston in Bloom this Spring.

Charge up your phone battery, take the T and snap away. There’s so much to see.  With the help of New England With Love, Mommy Nearest, and my own eyes, I’ve listed 12 vibrant spots to visit, take photos and take in all that Spring has to offer, here at home. I’m sure you’ve been to some of these places, but it’s always good to return. Sights to see include iconic spots like the Boston Public Gardens, a famous riverwalk, to not as well know locations, outside of Boston. So take a look at the absolute best places to see Boston in bloom, this Spring.

  • Boston Public Garden

    4 Charles St. Boston

    If the first thing you think of when you think Spring in bloom in Boston. The Boston Public Garden and Boston Common is the place to soak in the season. With 24 acress of green, pond, spectacular color found in the flowers, trees, and people. You also don’t want to miss the opportunity to take a swan boat ride while visiting the Public Garden.  Since 1837 residents and visitors have come to sit, walk and enjoy the beauty of America’s first botanic garden. It never gets old.

  • Arnold Arboretum

    125 Arborway Boston

    A peaceful, colorful retreat in the city can be found at the Arnold Arboretom. Spring is certainly one of the best times to visit this 281 acre garden in Jamaica Plain. One of their biggest events is Lilac Sunday, every Mother’s Day. But any day is a great day to visit, even winter!


    The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is a museum of trees teaching the world about plants. A 281-acre preserve laid out by pioneering American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, the Arboretum stewards one of the world's most comprehensive and best documented collections of temperate woody plants.


  • Charles River Esplanade

    Charles River, Esplanade, Boston

    The Esplanade is a state run park in the Back Bay of Boston. Famous for it’s beautiful walkways and bridges around the River, the Hatch Shell, where the Boston Pops and other events happen, it’s community boating, and as a respite from city living. It truly is a city escape in the city. The trees, plantings and flowers make it pop in Spring.

    The Esplanade Association (EA) | Boston's Charles River Esplanade

    The Esplanade Association (EA) works to restore and enhance Boston's Charles River Esplanade and to activate this historic riverfront park.

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

    25 Evans Way, Boston, MA

    This is one of my favorite museums, and places on earth. No matter the weather, there’s always a beautiful garden inside this historic museum. Inside the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, there are 3 floors of galleries, all emcompassing a fabulous garden courtyard, that blooms all year.

  • Rose Kennedy Greenway

    Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA

    Sandwiched between Boston’s North End and Financial District and Faneuil Hall, The Rose Kennedy Greenway is a little slice of heaven in the hub. The Greenway comes alive with color, scent and life in the Spring. Everything from tulips to peonies, rhodeodendrons and more are now on display. and totally Instagram worthy. The roses are coming soon!

  • Kelleher Rose Garden

    73 Park Drive, Boston, MA

    This was one place I had never heard of and I’ve probably driving or walked by it dozens of times, going to Sox games. The Kelleher Rose Garden is a outdoor park, but it’s hidden in the Back Bay Fens. It’s “part of the Emerald Necklace that stretches throughout the city.” Here, you can behold 1,500 roses in bloom! They line the  walkways and trellises and there’s even a “beautiful 1930s-style fountain in the center. Its central-but-hidden location makes it feel like a secret garden.” (

  • Fenway Victory Gardens

    1200 Boylston St. Boston, MA

    What started during World War II to help with food shortages, is now an enchanting getaway. The flowers outnumber the vegetables, that used to reign in these gardens. According to Boston Discovery Guide, Boston’s famous Fenway Victory Gardens are “located in a 7-acre plot at the north end of the Back Bay Fensa large park designed in the 1900s by Frederick Law Olmsted as part of his “Emerald Necklace,” a series of linked parks circling Boston.

    Fenway Victory Gardens | Boston Discovery Guide

    Boston's Fenway Victory Gardens contain 500 small Edens overflowing with flowers, trees, fountains, and veggies. Find out how to visit this almost-hidden oasis near Fenway Park.

  • The Gardens at Elm Bank

    900 Washington Street in Wellesley, MA

    The Gardens at Elm Bank are  located on the Elm Bank Reservation 

    36 acres of beautiful gardens and fields to behold at this property in Wellesley. There are picnic tables and benches where you can eat, observe and just take it all in.


  • Garden in the Woods

    180 Hemenway Rd, Framingham, MA

    This special place in Framingham is part of the Native Plant Trust. It’s “magical bontanic garden that showcases New England native plants in a beautiful natural setting.” There’s a pond, a brook and inspiration to be found at Garden in the Woods

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