By Marie Szaniszlo
From the Boston Herald
Boston– The people of Boston seem to love more than just the dirty water.
New research reveals the top 10 most romantic places to visit in the US, with Boston ranked ninth best in the nation.
A company called FROM MARS narrowed down the best cities for a date to give the hub an overall score of 9.34 out of 10, with 172 romantic locations and 27,800 searches for date ideas. New York City took first place with just 8,980 searches but 745 romantic locations.
Here are some of Boston’s, all steeped in history:
The People’s Garden
Picnic in the Public Garden, the United States’ first public botanical garden, established in 1837. Stroll along its winding paths, past exquisite flowers and fountains. Or walk around the garden pond, home to two swans and a flock of ducks and geese, while the weeping willow leaves rustle in the air. End the afternoon with a relaxing cruise on one of the swan boats, built and operated by the Paget family for more than 100 years.
Castle Island and Fort Independence
Castle Island offers beautiful views of the Boston Harbor Islands, and you can follow the shoreline to a number of parks and beaches. It is a 22 hectare outcrop and site of Fort Independence which was rebuilt after being abandoned by the British during the Revolutionary War. Both are located at 2010 Day Blvd. and are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. For more information, see nps.gov/places/fort-independence-castle-william.htm.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Of all Boston’s museums, this is perhaps the most romantic, perhaps unlike any in the country, with its beautiful courtyard and often dimly lit galleries.
In 1901 and 1902, Isabella installed her collection of paintings, sculpture, furniture, tapestries, rare books, and decorative objects inspired by the Palazzo Barbaro, a Venetian palace, according to the museum she built.
The theft of 13 artworks from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum collection in 1990 remains a source of intrigue as the largest unsolved art heist in history. The museum is offering a $10 million reward for information leading directly to the safe return of the stolen works.
The Emerald Necklace
Designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and completed in 1896 after nearly 20 years of work, the 1,100-acre park system includes Franklin Park, Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum, Jamaica Pond, Olmsted Park, the Riverway, the Back Bay Fens, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, the Public Garden and Boston Common are all beautiful. The Arboretum alone in Boston’s Jamaica Plain and Roslindale neighborhoods is a 600-acre free public park and botanical research facility with more than 15,000 plants, three ponds, and abundant wildlife. It is open daily and offers virtual walks and guided tours. Established in 1872, it is the oldest public arboretum in North America. Visit emeraldnecklace.org.
The Charles River Esplanade
The Esplanade stretches 3 miles one-way on the Boston side between the Museum of Science and the Boston University Bridge. It is home to beautiful waterfront gardens, historical monuments, recently renovated playgrounds and several walking and cycling routes. Community Boating offers sailing, kayaking and windsurfing classes and activities from April 1st to October 31st. And when it’s warm, hundreds of people head to the Hatch Shell Oval for picnics and free Friday movies.
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