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Boston Public Garden

69 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108 (Beacon Hill)
617-723-8144
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As featured in 3 days in Boston
Ranked #4 of 213 Attractions in Boston
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Type: Parks, Gardens
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Dallas, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I wish my city had beautiful gardens and sculptures like this park! Of course, I don't think my city was even in existence when this park was started. Don't miss the unusual statue of the man who created anesthesia in the 1800's in Boston. We all owe him a debt of gratitude. The enjoyment created by the duckling statues transcends... More

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Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I walk through the garden twice a month on my way to work. I have seen it all seasons. It is beautiful all year long. Got to try the Swan boats at least once in your life. They have been in operation since the late 1800's. The ride is 15 minutes and is a deal at $3.00.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

nice place to relax, especially if you have kids. try the boats, only 3 dollars per person. nice flower areas.

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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

A great way to spend a summer weekend afternoon. Walk around this Olmstead designed gem and enjoy the gardens, statues, and of course the swan boats

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Melbourne, Australia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Before coming to Boston I had only heard of the commons. But having seen both, the gardens are so much more beautiful and there are no homeless people which very sadly the commons has in large numbers. Do the commons as I did as part of the freedom trail!

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We visited the garden last Saturday. Flowers were still blooming and weather was superb. A must do when visiting Boston. It's a feel good place scenic and refreshing.

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The public garden was one of my favorite spots in Boston. Love the open area to walk around, find a bench to sit & people watch, take a swan boat ride and enjoy the view. Not sure what type of tree it is but love the large tree where the branches are almost touching the ground. It's a very peaceful,... More

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Kaysville, Utah
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Our family always enjoys spending some time here. They like taking a ride on the Swan Boats, watching the "almost tame" squirrels and the inevitable dog that gets loose and is chasing said squirrels. There are great monuments and a sense of history both here and in the neighboring common. There is a large parking structure but it isn't cheap... More

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California
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

You need to go here if for nothing other than "Make way for ducklings" sculpture. Just sit back and admire and watch the kids have fun on the ducks! Other statues in park are nice and the landscaping is A++. Very nice respite from touristing around all day.

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Saint Augustine Beach, Florida
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8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

One of the great things about New England is they took the time to center the villages around commons. Boston's has survived and flourished with allot of local help and effort. Walk down Boylston Street after shopping and just kick back. Takes any big city feel away.

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