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Picnic at Larz Anderson Park

What to Bring

Picnic basket   Blanket
Insect repellent   Sunscreen
Plastic bags for
Hat   Kites
Scooters or bikes for children    


From Boston (Huntington Avenue, Brookline Avenue or Fenway), take the Riverway
The road winds into the Jamaicaway which wraps around Jamaica Pond
After you pass the pond, you enter a
complex intersection
Follow small signs that point the way
toward "auto museum".
Take the second right out of the rotary onto Pond Street
Immediately after you pass Avon Street turn right for the Museum of Transportation
Proceed past the museum and up to the
crest of the hill where you will find parking and lawns for picnicking
  Good to know in advance
Picnic equipment (tables and grills) available for half-day rent from April through
September (weather permitting). Picnic
permits can be obtained by calling 617-730-2069. Permits are not issued after 12:00 pm on Fridays - you can walk-in on Saturdays and Sundays and get a permit if space is

Picnic permits are $20 for Brookline
residents and $40 for non-residents

Recommended walking tour:
The park participates in Brookline's "Green Dog Off-leash Pilot program" with some off-leash hours offered. For more info, see
Contact information: Brookline Recreation
Department, 133 Eliot Street, Chestnut Hill
MA 02467, Tel: 617-730-2069
Alcoholic beverages prohibited
No gas or portable grills allowed
No tents or amplification equipment
Pets are allowed off-leash at specific times of day – check the Brookline park website for details
Clean up after your pet at all times

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Difficulty: 1/5
  Time from Boston: 15 minutes
  Duration: A few hours


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Larz Anderson park in Brookline offers grassy picnic areas and is one of Boston's best locations for kite-flying. Spread your blanket and basket of goodies atop a hill with a fabulous view of the Boston skyline, and after lunch, enjoy the nearby Museum of Transportation's collection of antique vehicles, housed in a cavernous carriage house.

The Larz Anderson park is a 64-acre estate that was left to the city of Brookline by Isabel Anderson in 1948. Set amidst beautiful, calming and well-maintained landscaped acreage are rolling lawns, a skating rink, group picnic areas, and many interesting architectural and garden features. The top of the hill affords a spectacular view of the Boston skyline. Steady breezes and dappled open space makes the park one of the best kite-flying spots in the city. This is a great place for a day out in the sun with the family, or for just a few hours of calm with a good book.

For those interested in a walk across the estate, pay a visit to the Carriage House, which houses the antique vehicle collection of the Museum of Transportation. The building was designed by Edmund Wheelwright, the city architect of Boston, in 1888-1889. While soaking up the ambience of the cavernous and cool interior, particularly refreshing on a sweltering day, find the photographs of the original house that crowned the estate. The Museum's events might include a special lawn show of German or Italian cars on any given summer weekend.

The Carriage House is the first stop on a walking tour that will take you by the Putterham School, a one-room schoolhouse from 1768, moved to the site in 1966. Following the recommended tour will lead you to a water garden, Chinese garden, Japanese garden, Italian garden, bowling green, and other interesting features.

If you prefer to use picnic facilities rather than the traditional blanket spread on the grass, the city of Brookline grants permits for the use of picnic equipment (charcoal grill and table for up to 12 people). Check the side table for fees and reservation information.

When it is time to pack up your basket and head home, you will feel surprisingly refreshed and rejuvenated from a day out here - with the likely added benefit of a short drive back home!

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