Norumbega Park


Trails wind through a meadow, steep pine and hemlock covered riverbanks, and wooded knoll opening to a scenic view of the Charles River. There are tagged, honorary trees and shrubs in the meadow.


Size: 13 acres    Longest Walk: 1 mile    Acquired: 1976



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Get here by MBTA: A 0.5 mile walk from Auburndale commuter rail station

Other maps and aerial photos: Bing Maps bird’s-eye view Newton Assessor

Connects to: Auburndale Park via a short walk on Commonwealth Avenue or Islington Road

Trail Map

Norumbega Park Map
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GPS Enabled Trail Map

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Owner & Administrator Websites

Photo Gallery



Part of Norumbega Park, a 27-acre, privately owned park situated at the end of the streetcar line from Boston. The park originally had a deer park, small zoo, popular canoeing facilities, amphitheater, and later the famous Totem Pole Ballroom.


Norumbega Park closed.


Using state funds, the City of Newton took by eminent domain the 13 acres of old Norumbega Park that remained after the 1969 construction of the Marriott Hotel on the western portion.


Birding, Canoe & Kayak Rental, Charles River Walk, Conservation Area, Cross Country Skiing, Geologic Features, Historic Site, Meadow, Scenic View, Woods Trail

Additional Information

Newton Assessor’s Map ID: 41023 0002

Canoeing and Kayaking

Paddle Boston (formerly Charles River Canoe and Kayak) offers canoe and kayak rentals at the historic boathouse on the Charles, near the park.  A parking lot on the west side of the Charles provides parking for a boat launch as well as for the rental facility.

Lakes District paddling map


The NorumbegaPark.com website has historic information and photos. A Boston Globe article talks about the creator of the website, and about the park.

1889 King’s Handbook of Newton

Love Boats: The Delightfully Sinful History of Canoes

Norumbega Park in Wikipedia


Norumbega Park and the Totem Pole Ballroom is an illustrated history of the amusement park.

An AMC book, Exploring the Hidden Charles, gives information about canoeing the Charles River.

The Charles River is an out-of-print book, available from online sellers. It also provides information about canoeing the Charles River and hiking near its banks. It includes USGS maps of the entire length of the Charles.


Norumbega Park Then and Now

Canoeing on the Charles