This is such a beautiful area with walking trails right by the Charles River and large soccer fields (if you like soccer venues, this is really cool). It is also a lovely facility for rent for events and, of course, the gardens are naturally stunning in season. In June there are beautiful Lady Slippers, my favorite! The pretty, hilly landscape and the trails in the wooded area, designated with names like “Meander,” “Marsh” and “Horseshoe” are a respite for weary souls seeking solace, beauty, fresh air, and tranquility. The gardens are indeed wonderful but don't miss the paths in the woods along the Charles River. Great views of the Charles, lots of birds, and friendly dogs make this a favorite spot for me to stroll around, enjoy the peace, savoring nature. Yes, dogs are allowed here (mine love it), but not in the cultivated gardens. The flowers are fantastic in the spring, canoeing is great in the summer, walking in the woods in the fall is sublime. If you are into winter sports activities, there are also a couple of good sledding hills that make this place delightful even in winter.