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5 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day in Boston This Year

By Sarah Wolak | April 7, 2021 | Culture Events

Make time this Earth Day to explore the great wide open beyond the city’s bustle. Whether biking a Bostonian neighborhood trail or having a picnic beside the Neponset River, soak up the sun with these 5 Earth Day activities.


Take a Forest Walk at Arnold Arboretum
Immerse yourself with 281 acres of natural forests, vines and shrubbery at Jamaica Plain’s Arnold Arboretum. Known to be the oldest arboretum in the United States, the park and its horticulture are a part of Boston’s protected emerald necklace conservancy. With over 15,000 individual plant species—like Colorado blue spruce and sweetbay magnolia— this arboretum is a superb destination for a plant aficionado. 125 Arborway, 617.524.1718,

Neponset River Rail Trail
Stretching about five miles from Dorchester to Milton, the lower Neponset River trail can be taken as a strenuous bike ride or recreational walk. With river views, paved walkways and beginner-level bike paths, this rail-trail makes for outdoor fun for all ages. Pause on the trail to visit the nearby attractions, such as the Pope John II Park for an impromptu picnic or the boardwalk at Tenean Beach. Hallet St., 617.727.6034,

Cycle through Boston
Exchange the Uber pool for a city bike tour through Boston’s historical and cultural corners. Neighborhood highlights include historical Copley Square, Rose Kennedy Greenway and Long Wharf with waterfront sights of South and East Boston. Private tours and electric bikes elevate this outdoor excursion from an arduous uphill cycle to a leisurely ride. 103 Atlantic Ave., 617.670.0637,

Take to the Ocean
Anchors aweigh on Earth Day at Boston’s historic city harbor cruises. Set sail with a visit to Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary, where whales, dolphins, fish and marine birds wait to entertain whale watchers. End your day with a twilight cruise set against the backdrop of Boston’s vibrant sunset, taking in views of the city skyline. 1 Long Wharf, 617.227.4321,

Plant a Sustainable Garden
Give back to Mother Nature on her day by crafting a small sustainable garden, perfect for limited city space. Small plants like herbs or vegetable pots serve as both decorations and homegrown garnishes to meals. Tremont Street’s Niche Plant Shop has everything you need to move onward with gardening, including garden care consultations and plant workshops. 619 Tremont St., 857.753.4294,

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Photography by: Photo by Noah Buscher