to do today: Get out on the water at Jamaica Pond | BU today
The park is open daily from sunrise to 11:30 p.m. The boathouse is open Monday to Thursday, noon to 7 p.m., and Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., from Patriot Day to Halloween.
Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain, Mass. If you are driving, parking is available along Perkins Street on the west side of Jamaica Pond. From the T, take an Orange Line train to Stony Brook or Green Street and walk to the pond.
Rowboat rentals are $ 15 per hour ($ 10 with a Massachusetts fishing license) and kayak and sailboat rentals are $ 20 per hour. Private sailing lessons and cruises cost $ 45 an hour. There is no admission fee.
Why should I go?
Looking for a chance to escape the heat and grime of the city, but don’t want to travel far to get there? You won’t do better than Jamaica Pond. As one of the brightest gems in the Emerald Necklace, Boston’s winding park system, the glacier-formed kettle pond covers approximately 68 acres, making it the largest body of water sweet Boston.
The pond offers enough entertainment for a long summer day, including plenty of opportunities for walking, biking, rowing, sailing and fishing. It’s also a great destination if you’re looking for a shady bench to read a book or people-watch.
First incorporated into the emerald necklace by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in 1892, the pond is surrounded by a 2.5 mile paved path popular with cyclists, joggers and walkers. dogs. Most of the large houses overlooking the pond were the summer homes of wealthy Bostonians.
Visitors can rent rowboats, sailboats and kayaks at the Jamaica Pond Boathouse, which is administered by Courageous Sailing, a non-profit organization that offers programs for youth and adults on the pond. See above for fees.
The pond is stocked with trout annually by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife. Fishermen must bring their own rods and purchase a freshwater fishing license in advance. Bird watchers can expect to see ducks, geese and swans, and occasionally double-crested cormorants and great blue herons.
The boathouse is open Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. On weekends, it is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The last rental is at 6 p.m. Keep in mind that during the months of July and August, sailboats are not available Monday through Friday from 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. to accommodate the summer educational programs for young people. To rent a sailboat, you must first pass a short test ($ 20) with one of the on-site sailing instructors. Upon passing the test, you will receive one hour of free browsing. All rentals are first come, first served, so it is recommended that you call ahead at (857) 452-1770.
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