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Boston Public Garden

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Address: 69 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108
Phone Number: 617-723-8144
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park, famous for its Swan Boats, has...

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.

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one of the best public spaces in the US

If you're a person who appreciates the opportunity to just BE, in public, in a beautiful place, this is for you. So many statues, so much history nearby, nice activity potentials... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you're a person who appreciates the opportunity to just BE, in public, in a beautiful place, this is for you. So many statues, so much history nearby, nice activity potentials with the swan boats in season--but really, this is a pleasant place to just exist. Don't miss it in Boston.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Our hotel was on Park Plaza and the park was amazing in the snow!. We walked thru the park daily to get up towards the state house and west street.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Along with Boston Common, this walk was amazing. It was covered in snow and the pond was iced over - a terrific scene for someone from Australia! Bridges, statues and winding paths, truly Boston in winter at its best.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was amazing to get to see the ducklings from my childhood book ! The pond and the beauty of the park in the middle of this huge City - greenspace is so important.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

One thing that is great about Boston is the amount of public parks they have. My hotel was right by the public garden, and almost everyday I was in Boston, I found myself walking through this area. It is a great place to take a stroll, and an even better place to people watch.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Been there twice. First for a walk with colleague and the second time for a run. Beautiful place, peaceful, very nice garden. I will come back!

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were staying at the Taj hotel which is very near by and strolled through the park on Sunday afternoon, there were lots of people in the park, we heard live jazz and enjoyed the environment

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a room at Taj Boston overlooking the Boston Public Garden and we were waiting for the rain to stop before heading out for a walk. We walked back from Quincy Market along the Freedom Trail and across Boston Commons and crossed Charles St and into Boston Public Gardens. A wonderful place to wander aimlessly till we exited to... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Families with little kids must visit this and also buy the book Make Way for Ducklings. It is a landmark for little kids. A fun story

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Belmont, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The Boston Public Gardens is truly beauty in a sea of concrete beautiful trees beautiful flowers smells great considering it's in a major metropolitan city a lot of fun I highly recommend it is a great way to get the kids out of the house or just walk with your spouse and just take a relaxing stroll and appreciate the... More 

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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.