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Boston Public Garden

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Address: 69 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108-3422
Phone Number: 617-723-8144
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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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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Come here often with family. When you really don't have time to drive and go out of the city this is a place to spend half a day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Come here often with family. When you really don't have time to drive and go out of the city this is a place to spend half a day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A stunning baby Central Park in the middle of Boston. Not too much to do but great for walking around in and a nice respite from city life.

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Love coming here! Perfect for a stroll, riding the swan boats or just plain relaxing. Short walk from Copley Place.

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And the one who feed them everyday. A lady, who claimed that she has been there feeding the animals for 30years, would call the squirrels by names, touch and pet them, and she knows which animal is missing the little snack time. She's kinda like the princess in the "Enchanted" - call out and the Boston animals will swamp over... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We've gone to NYC so much these past 2 years, I was expecting the same here in Boston. I was pleasantly surprised at how small and manageable it was. No concerns about getting lost as you can see one side to the other. Lots of cute, creative things throughout the park. We were playing Pokemon Go (along with a few... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Cola and visit the Dicka. Od you do not know them cone anyway. There is a line od them masa od metal. Beside a relaxing place in the Center of historical Boston

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were walking from the Back Bay to MIT via Longfellows bridge. We cut through the park and the flowers and gardens were beautiful. The weather was a perfect summer day with low humidity. The park guests were very nice and never a shortage of volunteers to take my wife and mine picture. Looking for a nice place to take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great to see such massive greenery in the middle of the city. Very refreshing to walk the garden. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped here for a little break while walking around Beacon Hill. My daughter fed the ducks which she enjoyed immensely. I liked the Starbucks that's across the street.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The public garden is beautiful to visit any time of day, but if you're looking for serene photos, we found it best to go in the early morning around 8:30am. The park was much less crowded, and we were even able to spend time taking photos of the Make Way for Ducklings statue (which tends to be a very busy... More 

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Staying in Downtown

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Downtown
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.