Jamaica Pond: in daylight


Jamaica Pond is one of the best places to see the vivid reds and pinks of the summertime sunsets (here).Many people come to the pond to watch the wildlife, go fishing, walk the dog or take a sailing boat on the water.  The closeness of the pond to my house in Boston means that it makes a great place to run to and use the track that lines the water’s edge.

The pond is part of the Emerald Necklace, a series of green open spaces that run through Boston, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted (who also designed Central Park in New York).

The pond is the largest body of fresh water in Boston, expanding 68 acres in size and 50m at the deepest point (source: Wikipedia).  Sailing and rowing boats can be hired from the boat house pavilion on the East side of the pond. As part of the ‘Summer on Sundays‘ season, live music and movies are screened on Sunday evenings throughout the summer.

Jamaica Pond is located on the borders of Brookline and Jamaica Plain neighbourhoods; nearest T-stop is Brookline Village (map).



Chase the sunset


Head to Jamaica Pond on a summer’s evening and watch the sun fill the sky with fantastic pink, yellow and orange colors.

The pond has a great path to run along. The trees and adjacent water seem to cool the air down during one of the many hot days Boston has had of late. If you fancy sitting on the water then boats are available to rent from the boathouse. There was even an ice cream stall on Sunday afternoon!

Jamaica Pond is located south of Brookline Village T (map).


What to do with friends in summertime Boston?

Revere Beach in July

This weekend some very good friends came to visit Boston. Ali and Dan, like me, made the big JUMP across the pond seven months ago; moving from our north London neighborhood to the USA. Both are rather good writers and have kept wonderful online journals of their antics in Philadelphia (visit Ali’s blog here and Dan’s blog here). Needless to say, the three of us have a lot in common and I was really looking forward to showing off my new stateside city.

We spent most of the weekend outside on bikes or at the beach. Here is a selection of things we did:



  • Rent bikes from UrbanAdventours (prices start at $35 per 24hrs). We cycled four routes stopping off where something fun took our fancy:
    1. Aquarium- along the Charles River Reservation- MIT…
    … Stopping at Massachusetts Avenue Bridge to take in the view of the Boston skyline.
    2. MIT – along Massachusetts Avenue- Harvard Square…
    …Stopping at Harvard Yard for ice cream while basking in the sun of the historic university grounds.
    3. Harvard Square – along the Emerald Necklace bike path (Back Bay Fens section) – Longwood Medical Area…
    … Stopping at the rose garden (see earlier post) and Harvard Medical School.
    4. Longwood Medical Area – along the Emerald Necklace bike path (Brookline section) – Jamaica Pond…
    … Stopping at the boat house by Jamaica Pond to watch the swans on the water.
  • Wander around the Italian Quarter in the North End and dine at Nico’s where violent gangster movies are screened during dinner!
  • Nip into Matt Murphy’s at Brookline Village for a night-cap.


  • Walk through the Boston Public Gardens
  • Grab lunch at the Parish Cafe on Boylston Street where the best sandwiches in Boston are served.
  • Paddle in the water at Revere beach while eating ice cream

Revere Beach