Outdoor Activities: Developed by James Arnold, who left it to Harvard University upon his death. Today, the 281-acre grounds are home to over 4000 types of trees, maintained by Harvard's School of Botany. A botanical garden for students to learn and city dwellers to enjoy is the combination that makes The Arboretum so special. Host to many special events like the ever popular Lilac Sunday each May, scheduled guided walks, tours, and even talks, the Arboretum is, most of all, a showplace for botanical splendor. Be sure to stop into the visitors center where you'll find more information, maps, postcards for purchasing, and activities to engage and teach children.
Parks: The development of this beautiful park was funded by James Arnold, who left it to Harvard University upon his death. After selling the park to the city, Harvard regained possession of it and pays only $1 a year (for 1000 years) for it. Today, the 281-acre grounds are home to over 4000 types of trees. The Jamaica Pond also makes up part of the peaceful surroundings.