Things To Do


We have lots of opportunities for you to discover the workings of the country's first professional landscape architecture office and explore the influence Frederick Law Olmsted, his sons, and their associates had on the American landscape.

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Take a ranger-guided tour
Join a ranger on an expedition through the country's first full-scale landscape architecture office. A guided tour takes you through the Historic Design Office where ideas were expressed through the creation of plans, drawings, photographs and other materials which were then used to build landscapes across the nation. After the tour, stroll through our self-guided exhibits to learn more about the wide spectrum of work and happenings of the Olmsted office.

Explore the restored landscape
The intention and emotion of Olmsted's landscape theory can be felt throughout the Fairsted landscape.

Experience special events
From discussion-based tours to archives open houses, we offer a little something for mind, body, and soul. Check out ranger-led walking tours of Olmsted landscapes on a seasonal basis.

Become a Junior Ranger
Start the love for the National Park Service early by earning your Junior Ranger badge at Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.

* A Ranger can provide an illustrated talk on the design office for people with limited mobility. Please call ahead at least one-week in advance of your visit to request. A pre-recorded video of the design office is also available by request.


Fall Talks

Saturday, October 23, 10 am
"Brother-Artists" Olmsted and Richardson

Join us for a short talk about the collaboration and friendship between the famous Brookline locals, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted and architect H.H. Richardson, who designed the Thomas Crane Library and its grounds.
Register here.

Saturday, October 30, 10 am and 2 pm
The Well-Equipped Witch: The Science of Sorcery
Come take a walk around the Fairsted Grounds and see the plants used in traditional witchcraft and learn about the scientific basis for their use. Also learn about using plants to protect yourself from any witches (and there probably will be a few) lurking in the shrubbery! Register here.

Saturday, November 13, 1 pm
A Walk through the Back Bay
Walk through the Back Bay Fens, and learn about the project that first brought Frederick Law Olmsted to Boston, and why he chose to stay.
Register here.

Saturday, November 20, 10 am
BARK Ranger in Franklin Park
Join our walk in the wildnerness of Franklin Park and have a positive experience with your pet. Learn about the B.A.R.K. principles so you and your pet can have a seafe and fun visit anytime you are in an Olmsted (or non) park. This program is part of the Healthy People Healthy Parks Initiative. B.A.R.K. stands for Bag your pet’s waste Always leash your pet Respect wildlife Know where you can go. Register here.

Saturday, November 27, 1 pm
Learn and Burn: Blue Hills

Lace up your hiking boots and traverse the Blue Hills while discovering the design and conservation of the tallest mountain within 10 miles of the Atlantic Ocean.
Register here.

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Last updated: October 19, 2021

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