from Longwood to West fenway

Walk in Boston # 17, from Longwood to West Fenway, is a 3 miles self-guided tour to explore in 2 hours a part of Boston often far from the beaten path.

You’ll often be in the Back-Bay Fens, a large green space built along previous marshes. You’ll see many geese, communal gardens, the famous Fenway Park and many students from the universities of the area.

This walk is now only available on Payhip in pdf format with a clickable map and updated descriptions.

In this pdf you will also find:

  • the list of Highlights.
  • the Metro stops to get there and back and infos for Cars.
  • tips about restrooms, places to sit and eat.
  • details about a particular place you will find on your route.

You can download it (or just the map of the walk) to your phone to help you in your discoveries.

This will allow you to live a unique experience of the city far from what you might find elsewhere.

If you purchased the Boston NYC book, this download will be free for you, just send me a note for an access code for this walk if you don’t have it already.

The description below, incomplete and with cropped photos, gives you an idea of this walk before you decide to buy it.

A: Your walk starts at ….

Cross …. to enter an annex of … in front of you; then cross the 1st floor to get out on….

Otherwise, take a path on the right of the buildings.

B: You’ll then be behind …, an architectural jewel of…

If you haven’t done Walk in Boston # 16, from Symphony to Brigham Circle, the … is on your right in case you want to visit it now.

Next, go to the right of … and reach… at its end, you’ll be in front of…

Take … to go toward …

You’ll see .. on your right, a modernist building for a traditionally liberal education. Further on your left and on …, you’ll have the more classical and …; both universities were for women only until a few decades ago.

C: Students living in this area of Boston often jog on the …; they have to share this circular park with many geese. That’s where you are heading now to immerse yourself in nature.

Created around ancient marshes transformed into ponds lined with reeds, this park is part of the Emerald Necklace, a series of green spaces connecting different parts of Boston.

D: At …e, take the bridge on your right; head toward a beautiful art-deco building, the … 

Built by Sears to house a merchandise distribution center until 1988, it has nearly been demolished several times. It is now listed as a historic monument, like its namesake in Minneapolis. That said, you can only visit it if you have something to do in the stores or the parking area it houses.

Stay on … until… on your right; then… on your left. The neighborhood is home to many restaurants.

E: It must be because once at …t., you’ll be in front of …, the temple of baseball in Boston.

…. then …and …t. will allow you to go around; admire its architecture; buy souvenirs and tickets to visit the interior if you wish.

If you happen to be in the midst of a … fans crowd, your progress will slow down, but the atmosphere will be assured.

If you are curious, a bar along …. offers you the opportunity to see the interior of the park in exchange of a drink.

In front of it, the … where you can see, in the evenings, big names of rock and blues but also international DJ.

F: At the end of…t., turn left and follow …

You’ll be along Highway ..for a few meters; you’ll also have nice views of the Boston Back Bay skyscrapers in the distance.

When you find a path on your right, take it next to the …; the map here gives you a slightly different itinerary, yet the goal is to cross … to reach the….

The .. is a series of small gardens enclosed with fences; each has its own character depending of its owner. It’s an unexpected experience in the middle of the city. To explore them, follow your fantasy, but keep in mind your destination, ….

F:  Once at …, cross it; in front of you, the … Here too, the map tells you something a bit different but the goal is the same.

After your visit, find a little pedestrian bridge on the left of the garden; it will allow you to reach …, just behind the ….

H: Follow…along the …new building; once at …., the … station will be on your left, the …T. station on your right.

To walk more, you can now branch out to point b of Walk on Boston # 16, from Symphony to Brigham Circle. It will bring you back to your starting point.

You can also reach point B of Walk in Boston # 15, the gardens of the South End, a few steps further.

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