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Jamaica Plain

One of Boston’s most diverse and happening neighborhoods.

Locals call Jamaica Plain “JP.” The classic streetcar suburb that has become one of Boston’s most dynamic neighborhoods. Surrounded by the Emerald Necklace, Arnold Arboretum, Franklin Park and Jamaica Pond, it is the perfect place to visit, shop, dine, and live all year round!

Neighborhood features

The area is home to a diverse community culture including:

  • a strong Latino population
  • young families, seniors, and pets
  • nonprofit groups
  • community associations
  • crime watches, and
  • a growing LGBTQ community.

From the Latin Quarter in Hyde and Jackson Squares, to Centre and South area, to Forest Hills, to Sumner Hill, to Stonybrook area, to Egleston Square, to Jamaica Hills and every corner between — there are hidden gems to be found. 

You’ll see a mix of cultures in local businesses, shops and restaurants along all of the Main Street business districts that could easily fill up a weekend afternoon, or night out with friends and family.

Key locations

Key locations
Hyde Square:

Centre Street at Day Street

Jackson Square:

Centre Street at Mozart Street

Centre/South Area:

Centre Street at Burroughs Street

Egleston Square:

Washingston Street at School Street

Arnold Arboretum:

125 Arborway

Franklin Park:

Features a forest, golf course, other recreational areas, and various entrances along Forest Hills Street and Walnut Avenue.

DCR Kelly Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
  • 1 Marbury Terrace
  • (617) 727-7000
  • Skate Rentals Daily - $2
Historic Rudolf Haffenreffer JP Brewery:

30 Germania Street

Eliot School of Fine and Applied Arts:

24 Eliot Street

The Footlight Club:
  • 7A Eliot Street

America's oldest community theatre has performed every year since 1877.

Doyle's Cafe
  • 3484 Washington Street
Forest Hills Cemetery
  • 95 Forest Hills Avenue

Forest Hills Cemetery is a historic 275-acre cemetery, greenspace, arboretum and sculpture garden located in the Forest Hills section of the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. The cemetery was designed in 1848.

Soldiers Monument:
  • Centre at South Street

The Soldier's Monument in Jamaica Plain is a Civil War memorial. It was erected by the Town of West Roxbury to honor the local men who served and died during that war. The statue at the top of the monument shows a solder, head bowed, resting on his rifle.

This is not a celebration of war or victory, it is a somber memorial to the hardship and pain the war had brought. Inside the memorial is a marble block with the names of those who lost their lives inscribed. There is also a stone with a brass plaque that was added about 100 years ago to honor the soldiers of the Revolution.

The Loring-Greenough House:
  • 12 South Street

Tours of the Loring-Greenough House, the last surviving 18th-century residence in Sumner Hill, are offered to the public by volunteer guides from April through December. From January through March, tours are by appointment only: email or leave a voicemail at 617-524-3158.

Suggested donation is $5 for adults and $2 for school-age child. Tours take place from April through December each Sunday from 1 - 3 p.m.

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