Jamaica Plain, or "JP" as the locals call it, is one of Boston's most diverse and dynamic neighborhoods. The ethnically diverse area is home to many Latinos (about 25%), young families, and a growing gay and lesbian community. This blend of cultures is reflected in local businesses, such as the many different restaurants which line Centre Street.
One of JP’s most popular landmarks is the 68-acre Jamaica Pond where residents and visitors enjoy walking, biking, and running along with fishing and sailing on the pond. Another landmark of this neighborhood is Harvard University’s 265-acre Arnold Arboretum, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. It is a free outdoor tree and plant museum offering walking tours and family activities. The Arboretum offers a botanical oasis in the heart of the city and hosts many events throughout the year, including an annual Lilac Festival on Mother’s Day weekend. Another attraction is the Sam Adams brewery, which you can visit for a tour and tasting.
Jamaica Plain is easily accessible by the Southwest Corridor (one of Boston’s main walking/biking trails), MBTA trains, and buses. The main transit hub for the area is Forest Hill Station. It is also home to the highest number of cycling commuters in Boston. About 5% of the population commutes to work on bicycle.
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