Spotlight: Jamaica Pond

Hidden in Boston’s Jamaica Plains neighborhood is the stunning Jamaica Pond park. The public park is part of Boston’s Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

The main attraction is the 68-acre pond itself. Made from an ancient glacier, Jamaica Pond is the largest body of water in Boston. Nearby residents take full advantage of this, with the pond a popular site for sailing and rowing. The park’s boathouse allows public boat rentals during the summer season. It’s a calm place to row out and spend a day fishing; the pond is stocked with trout, bass, and perch!

Off the water, there’s a scenic 1.5 mile loop encircling the pond. It’s great for family strolls, jogging, and biking. Additionally, there are multiple spots for picnics and relaxation. While the park does not have a playground, there is a baseball field onsite.

Throughout the year, be on the lookout for Jamaica Pond’s many outdoor performances and events! The bandstand hosts a variety of concerts, children’s programs, and theater performances. The park also regularly holds art exhibitions for public viewing.

Popular events in the fall include the Jamaica Pond 5K Park Run, held every weekend in October. Kids also enjoy dressing up in their Halloween costumes for the annual Lantern Parade. For more upcoming events and other information, check out https://www.boston.gov/parks/jamaica-pond.

Location: 507 Jamaica Way, Boston, MA 02130

Timings: Open 7 days a week. Park closes at 11:30PM

Parking and Transportation: Parking available near the boat house and off of Willow Pond Road. Accessible by public transportation.

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