Relax by the water at Jamaica Pond.
Nestled in the Emerald Necklace is one of the jewels of JP, Jamaica Pond. During the spring and summer, Bostonians love to fish and sail on the pond. There are even sailboats, kayaks, and rowboats available for rent. Or, you can always just walk the lovely 1.5-mile path around the scenic kettle pond. But this is not just a summer destination. Stop by in October for the annual lantern parade, or go skating on the pond during the winter. JP would not be JP without Jamaica Pond!
Grab a cone at J.P. Licks.
Craving a sugar or caffeine fix after a sunny afternoon at Jamaica Pond? Walk over to J.P. Licks, a neighborhood fixture that serves up coffee, baked goods, and a rotating variety of new ice cream flavors each month. The shop sprung out of the DIY, punk scene in the neighborhood during the 80s. Since then, it has maintained its offbeat atmosphere and creative approach to the frozen treats it serves.
Browse the racks at Tres Gatos.
Want some yummy, vegetarian-friendly tapas? How about a nice glass of wine? A novel selection of new and used books? Or, want to scope out some rare vinyl? Only in Jamaica Plain can you do it all in one go. Tres Gatos, a romantic and colorful tapas bar on Centre Street, was built as an addition to a book and music store in the back. Cozy up with a glass of red over candlelight in the winter, or get a patio table and Mezcal cocktail in the summer.
Have a picnic in Forest Hill Cemetery.
It may sound a little morbid to pass a sunny afternoon in a cemetery, but this is no ordinary graveyard. It is the final resting place of poet e.e. cummings and suffragist Alice Stone Blackwell. Plus, Forest Hill Cemetery has a beautiful arboretum and sculpture garden. So, it is a piece of history and a pretty park. You can even schedule a walking tour of the sculpture garden.