Jamaica Plain is bursting with fun activities for any season, but the temperate weather of fall is a great time to get outdoors. Whether this is your first autumn in the area, or your fiftieth, these are the activities and sights you can’t miss.
Boating on Jamaica Pond
Nothing beats the natural beauty of Jamaica Pond in full bloom. And where better to see it than from the water? Courageous Sailing operates rowboat and sailboat rentals on the pond. Don’t worry sailing lessons are also available. If you’re concerned about risking it on the not-so-high-seas, take a stroll or a run around the nature-studded pond.
Identifying Flora at the Arnold Arboretum
One walk through the Arnold Arboretum at the seasonal change and you basically have a degree in horticulture. Not only are the many flowers and trees in the park aesthetically gorgeous, they’re usually identified by nearby plaques for a mini lesson in plant life. Check the schedule before you head over; you may be able to join in on a yoga class or guided tour.
Self-Guided Mural Tour
While the weather is still nice, take a walk through the streets of Jamaica Plain and seek out the many vibrant murals painted around town. Whether you’re in it to snap a few Instagram photos, to appreciate beautiful local art, or as a fun scavenger hunt for the kids, these larger-than-life artworks are sure to do the trick.
Local Shopping on Centre Street
Centre Street is bursting with unique local shops selling everything from high-quality, gourmet chocolate to trendy clothing and accessories. It’s also home to one of the original Boomerangs locations. Boomerangs is a second hand shop that donates its proceeds to the Aids Action Committee. No matter what you buy, you’re supporting the local community!