Boston Public Garden
Boston Public Garden
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This Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park, famous for its Swan Boats, has over 600 varieties of trees and an ever-changing array of flowers. It is America's first public garden.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Beacon Hill
Visit this historic and ritzy Boston neighborhood to soak up its classic New England charm as you stroll down cobblestoned, gas-lamp lined streets. Bring your walking shoes, camera, and select a nice day to wander through the hilly neighborhood and check out its exclusive addresses. Louisburg Square, Mt. Vernon street, Chestnut street and the extremely narrow and widely photographed Acorn street make a nice walking path. Make sure to meander down Charles street to poke into boutiques and antique shops, cafes, and restaurants on this quaint shopping street. Don’t forget to catch a glimpse up close of the State House with its beautiful and iconic dome.
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  • Arlington • 7 min walk
  • Boylston • 7 min walk
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  • 464merlot
    Seattle, Washington61 contributions
    History and Duckling Statues
    Make Way For Ducklings, the favorite children’s book about a duck family who settles in the public garden, has a wonderful statue here and is a must see for kids of all ages. Our second visit to Boston and we had to see them again. Even in winter the park is kept clean, the squirrels abound and it’s a lovely escape in the city. Lots of great history as well.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 12 January 2023
  • andyh67186334
    Coalville, United Kingdom6,814 contributions
    Beautiful Gardens
    IK walked through the Gardens on several occasions as I was staying near Copley Square. They are very quiet early morning, but become crowded during the day. There are bridges, sculptures, ponds and wildlife to enjoy plus when I went the first signs of spring flowers and shrubs. A truly idyllic escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 15 April 2023
  • Linda S
    Greenville, Rhode Island122 contributions
    Perfect spring day
    No need to travel to DC to see cherry blossoms. Here you get all those+ tulips!! Sunny spring day. Parked in Tremont Commons lot. Maybe not best choice, as I had to wander north to find tulip gardens. We’ll worth the trip from RI.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 April 2023
  • volcanogirl
    Houston, Texas14,714 contributions
    A Beautiful, Dynamic Park Full of Gorgeous Trees, Flowers, Statues, and Swan Boats
    We loved visiting the Boston Public Garden. We came in mid-April, and there were already trees bursting into bloom and tulips coming up through the ground. The park is beautifully landscaped with a pretty lake area, the famous swan boats, a gorgeous bridge, an imposing equestrian statue of George Washington, and the charming Make Way For Ducklings statues. The tall willow trees surrounding the lake make the area especially scenic. Note that the swan boats close at 4:00 p.m., so go early if you're interested in those. The park was clean and full of people out enjoying the first warm days of spring. This would be an excellent place for a picnic. My only suggestion would be to have a map on display to make things easy to find. After wandering around a bit, we asked some kind locals to point us toward the duckling statues which they did. If you want to get out and enjoy nature inside the city, this is the perfect place to do it.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 May 2023
  • Peachy K
    Florida Panhandle, Florida22 contributions
    Beautiful walk even in July.
    All the parks we walked through in Boston were nice, including this one. The iconic swan boats were here and several historical statues. I thought the grounds were kept beautifully for a town that was still recuperating from covid and loss of merchants and city dwellers. I always love a town with a college student population walking to class or studying somewhere and the area where we stayed had quite a few young people. It keep the vibe fresh!
    Visited July 2022
    Written 17 May 2023
  • Charla
    Copenhagen, Denmark15 contributions
    Wonderful
    Such a wonderful place to visit. European like garden. A real treasure and gem of Boston. Don’t miss seeing this and the Commons where the new MLK statue is located. A must see for both. Beautifully manicured gardens. Not your typical public park. Don’t miss a ride in the swan boats.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Joy M
    2 contributions
    Tour of Public Garden- a lovely morning!
    We joined Bridget and (Annie I think) for a free walking tour of the public gardens. It was a great blend of history, botany, and art appreciation! It was well worth the time. We are so happy that the Friends of the Public Garden exist and share their time!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 June 2023
  • RM
    15 contributions
    A jewel of the city
    Wonderful area for all to enjoy. Such a great park to soak up the history of this great city. Beautiful and clean. Well kept and plenty of shade and places to sit. Being a fan of "Make Way for Ducklings" I enjoyed the area that honored the classic book by Robert McCloskey.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 22 July 2023
  • 363cymru123
    Cardiff, United Kingdom129 contributions
    Simply stunning gardens
    Take a walk around the gardens at any time of the day and they are always busy, people know a good thing when they see it! The gardens are very well maintained and we did sit for an hour one afternoon watching the gardeners trimming the ornamental hedges, they do a fantastic job. At the weekends you will see may brides and grooms having their wedding photographs taken here. Families take children for a ride on the swan lake which is very popular along with feeding the ducks and geese. There are plenty of seats/benches around the park in both the sun and shade.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 6 August 2023
  • kimberly215
    Binghamton, New York224 contributions
    Beautiful!!!
    Great time walking around this garden. My kids liked the duck statues, but there was a line. The pond is lovely and so are the trees around. Plenty of coffee options around the help make the walking enjoyable!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 8 August 2023
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Koa W
3 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Taking a walk in the park, you'll come across the famous Swan Boats. These charming white swan-shaped boats gracefully sail across the calm pond, creating a beautiful scene that's a must-see for anyone visiting the garden!
Written 7 November 2023
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,826 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
A lovely space in central Boston. There is a gorgeous bronze statue called "Make Way for Ducklings", which is a must see for kids and adults.
Written 7 November 2023
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David G
4 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
The park/garden was beautiful as the we were there for the fall foliage part of our visit. Major disappointment the ponds were completely dry, assuming for some sort of maintenance? So not a lot of picture taking opportunities. Disappointed since we walked so far to get to it and didn’t know the ponds were dry.
Written 27 October 2023
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pjgrad
Kent, WA502 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
What a beautiful park! We walked the whole park and it was well worth it. The landscaping is lovely.
Written 22 October 2023
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Kirstie g
Leeds, UK49 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Looking terrible at the moment. The pond is drained and muddy. There is hardly any autumn colour. Not worth visiting.
Written 19 October 2023
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SnooksintheDesert
Phoenix, AZ567 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Walked the Common & adding garden - very pretty, nice to see the people all out, lots of art here, pretty.
Written 12 September 2023
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Lori M
31 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
It is so pretty here! I came on a rainy day which was great as there were very few people. Came again on a sunny day, more people, but still a beautiful setting. Was so excited when I found the make way for ducklings statues. Definitely come and spend sometime admiring the space and it’s also great for people watching.
Written 4 September 2023
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Courtney E
Fort Collins, CO55 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Such a beautiful public park. Amazing to walk around and enjoy the ambience. Swan rides were not available due to poorer weather earlier in the day, but they looked fun!
Written 31 August 2023
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Bogdan2005
Bucharest, Romania455 contributions
Aug 2023 • Friends
This is the central park of Boston and is very nice. You have a lot of alleys and lots of potential activities to do from simple walking to sports
Written 30 August 2023
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Allison K
35 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
Such a beautiful and well kept park. We walked around the entire park admiring the plants and statues - it felt like we were in Europe. Truly a pleasure to be in this park. There is also a lot of history about the park which made it even more fun for us.

One thing - lots of animals - geese, ducks, squirrels, etc - and they are not afraid of people, so just be mindful of them and don't feed them.
Written 26 August 2023
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