Over in Brookline, just a few blocks from Fenway Park, you can find the Hall’s Pond Sanctuary and Amory Park. The sanctuary, with a central marshy pond surrounded by the Amory Woods, is home to a number of birds like the Great Blue Heron in the picture above. The woods have trails to explore and the pond is surrounded by a boardwalk.
When we’ve visited it’s always been quiet – maybe just one or two other people including the volunteers who were pulling out invasive plants. There’s also a couple of viewing platforms on the boardwalk that are great for a picnic if you don’t mind sitting on the ground. If you prefer a bench, you could always go to the gardens, too.
The cool thing is that, as secluded as the sanctuary feels, it’s actually right behind the Hawes St. stop on the C branch of the Green line – just a couple stops in from Kenmore. We’ve also seen water turtles and a mallard on our visits, although the Great Blue Heron was definitely the biggest hit with the kids.
- Make it a picnic day.
- Bring binoculars or a camera with a zoom lens to get a closer look at the wildlife.
- I didn’t see any trash cans inside the sanctuary, so bring a garbage bag in with you if you think you might need one.
- Don’t leave without taking some time to enjoy the formal garden.
- Bring a New England flowers and plants field guide along.
- Bring some park toys for the kids to play with at Amory Park (which is located contiguous to the Hall’s Pond Sanctuary) after they’re done with nature/hiking/etc..
- While Amory Park allows off-leash time for dogs from dawn until 1:00 pm, Hall’s Pond Sanctuary doesn’t allow dogs inside at all.