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Lions and Tigers and Monkeys in Boston!

26 Jul

This is my favorite picture I took while at the zoo!

Everywhere I go, I try to go to the zoo.  For reference, the best zoo I have been to was in Dublin, closely followed by Cleveland and then Atlanta. The worst zoo is by far Washington, DC. Just so you know, because you had to have been wondering.

I am not even joking when I say the following: one of the first things I did when I decided to go to school in Boston was to look up where the closest zoo was. Lo and behold, it was in Boston! Who freakin’ knew?!

Franklin Park Zoo is, surprise surprise, in Franklin Park. I say that Franklin Park is in Dorchester, but honestly I don’t know. It is on the border of Dorchester, Roxbury and JP. So you choose. (Just so you have all the information, Franklin Park Zoo is part of Zoo New England, which also includes Stone Zoo in Stoneham. Creative names, huh?).

Freshman year, my best friend and I took and day and decided to go on an adventure to the zoo. It took absolutely forever to get there! We were not prepared. But it was worth it. It was raining lightly so we had the zoo almost to ourselves. We could stare at the tigers (including a white tiger!) and lions however long we wanted. It is understandably smaller than many zoos, but that is also the great thing. You don’t feel rushed to get through everything and you feel fine staring at the monkeys for half an hour.

How to get to Franklin Park Zoo: Drive. No, you can get there using public transportation. We took the Red Line to Andrew and then took the 16 bus to the zoo (we couldn’t find the 16 bus going back so we took a random bus to Ruggles). That was long
but we discovered the South Bay Center (which has a Target and Stop and Shop!). You can also take the Orange line to Forest Hills and take the 16 bus. Or take the Orange Line to Ruggles, then take the number 22, 28, 29, 44 or 45. All work.

General admission is $16 for adults, but all rates can be found on their website.

Oh, and take a ton of pictures!


Connecting Land and Sea: the Boston HarborWalk

10 Nov

A view of Boston from one point on the HarborWalk

I really want the sun to shine. I am tired of my pants being wet at the bottom for the entire day. I am tired of having to lug around my umbrella (which really isn’t that big, but still it’s annoying). I love the fall. I love the way it smells and I love the temperature (most of the time). There is nothing like taking a walk on a fall day, covered in sun shine, crunching leaves with every step. Well, that is not happening this week.

But we can hope, and because of that I am suggesting a walk for when it gets nicer out, which has to be soon. The Boston HarborWalk  is relatively unknown; the only reason I found out about it was because my new internship is on a wharf, which is part of the walk. Although the best time of the year to do this walk is probably the summer (cool sea breeze in the hot sun with sail boats and ferries gliding by), the area is gorgeous any time of the year (especially if you just like water; did I mention I love water? Oh, I did? A few times? Sorry).

The Boston HarborWalk is very long, about 40 miles (who knew, right?). It extends from East Boston and Charlestown, through the North End, Downtown and the Financial District to Fort Point Channel, South Boston and Dorchester. All of it traces the shoreline and passes by and through several parks and beaches, including Christopher Columbus Park and Carson Beach. It passes through so many different areas of Boston and shows you the true character of the city. The urban, rural and industrial aspects all come together and compliment each other.

Almost the entire walk is connected and there are numerous signs everywhere keeping you on the right path. It is perfect for a walk, jog or bike ride and is pet friendly, so bring your dog with you!

The Boston HarborWalk sign.

There are so many places along the HarborWalk that it is impossible to name all of the interesting things. But here are a few: the ICA, the JFK Library/Museum, the Aquarium, Deer Island, Castle Island, USS Constitution and the Boston Children’s Museum.

So, how do you get to the Boston HarborWalk? Well, there isn’t one answer. Many parts of the path are T accessible, so basically you can take any train to anywhere, get off and walk to the water; you will most likely then be there. One example is to get off at Government Center, or a similar stop, and walk down toward Christopher Columbus Park and the Aquarium. Or get off at the Aquarium station on the Blue Line. Honestly, I cannot give you definitive directions. But the HarborWalk Web site has a map of route that you may find helpful.

Have fun exploring our history as a seaport!

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