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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
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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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Beautiful place!

We walked through the garden a few times. We saw several wedding parties there for pictures, lots of families, and plenty of people napping in the grass! The swan boats were cute.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Cromwell, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We enjoyed our walk through the public garden on our first visit in a while to Boston. There weren't too many flowers in bloom (June 20) but the landscaping is pretty and there are many trees and benches to make it an enjoyable experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We walked through the garden a few times. We saw several wedding parties there for pictures, lots of families, and plenty of people napping in the grass! The swan boats were cute.

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London, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The garden is an enjoyable place to take a break from workshops, meetings or shopping. There a lots of benches. It is clean and didn't ever seem too crowded. Take some time to look at the trees. We liked the Ginkgo.

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Kokomo, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We actually wandered into the garden quite by accident, but I am so glad we did. It was lovely, quiet and serene.

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Bangor, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I love walking through the Boston Public Garden. It us just so beautiful. The flowers all around the garden a breath taking and the lagoon in the center of the park is really nice. I love walking along the bridge and look out onto the lagoon and watch the Sawn Boats swim by. Very pretty in the spring and fall.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Boston Public Garden is beautiful and so full of energy. It's a great way to enjoy the day people watching and sampling food carts! The Swan Boats were fun to ride. Relaxing!

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Hercules, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Boston Public Garden is an outstanding park. The Friends of the Public Garden provide an audio walking tour that you can download. My highlights were the swan boats, the "Make Way for Ducklings' bronze figures, and the excellent collection of flowers and trees. It was worth the time is a city with numerous outstanding attractions.

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Bristol
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The park is very clean and tidy and the flowers were planted lovely. A real nice oasis to sit and watch the world go by.

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Redding, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This park was a beauty and a welcome reprieve, visually, from the "historical" sights. The green space is gorgeous. The Swan boats were serene as was the energy of this park. A true gem was the "Make Way for Ducklings" sculpture at the corner of the park. If you've had the chance to read this children's book, you'll be pleasantly... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a must see when in Boston. Very beautiful and clean. The statues of the mother duck and her ducklings are there from the children's book, Make way for Ducklings.

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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.