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Mattapan

Initially inhabited by the Native American Mattahunt Tribe, the name Mattapan translates to "a good place to be" or "a good place to sit" due to the Neponset River that meanders through this Boston neighborhood.

Today Mattapan's population is largely African Americans and immigrants from the Caribbean, including the largest Haitian community in Massachusetts. The neighborhood is predominantly residential with its fair share of triple-deckers, so green space is still plentiful. A crown jewel of Frederick Law Olmstead's Emerald Necklace is the 72-acre Franklin Park Zoo, home to lions and tigers and bears (only kidding - no bears) is shared by Mattapan and the Dorchester neighborhood. Mattapan also boasts the 67-acre Boston Nature Center and Wild Life Sanctuary with over 150 species of bird, 40 butterfly species and more than 350 species of plants along with the Clark-Cooper Community Garden.

Experience Mattapan

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Things to do in MATTAPAN

GREAT DEALS

Our Great Deals offer specials, discounts and savings on: museums and attractions, tours, family fun and dining. 

Our Free Things To Do page includes free live music and theater, outdoor festivals, tours, family activities and more.

Discount Parking - Up to 50% off drive-up

Book convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation's leading parking...

Fast Track Lunch | $15 Lunch Special

It's easy to treat yourself with our Fast Track Lunch! Choose a soup or salad, sandwich with fries,...

Kids Eat Free at Longwood Grille

Kids under 12 eat free when accompanied by an adult, with the order of a qualified adult entree.

Save up to 50% off theatre, music, dance, and comedy

BosTix Deals! Save up to 50% off year-round on Greater Boston’s best theatre, music, dance, and...

Up to 55% Off Top Attraction Admission

Save up to 55% on admission to over 45 of Boston’s top attractions like New England Aquarium, Museum...

10% Off Any Tour

Award-winning Off the Beaten Path Food Tours offers food tours and chocolate tours in Boston,...

20% off an Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Boston

Turn Boston into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement...

Harvard Art Museums - Free Admission Sundays

We are welcoming visitors once again after reopening on September 4! And we now offer free admission...

Sushi Unlimited Mondays

Sushi Unlimted every Monday starting at 5pm - $32 Per person