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Boston Public Garden

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Beacon Hill, Boston
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  • M K.
    M KJune 25, 2015
    Find the bench used during filming for Good Will Hunting. Great place to sit a while and reflect, reading messages left for Robin Williams! Beautiful.
  • Josh P.
    Josh PavanoJune 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    They say not to feed the ducks, but let's get real it's the cheapest way to make a whole lot of friends. All it takes is one loaf bread and you are God for an hour. Enjoy!
  • InterContinental Hotels & Resorts
    Boston Public Garden was the first Botanical Garden in America, and still is one of the most beautiful, especially in a leisurely afternoon. One of the must-sees of your Perfect Day in Boston. Read more
  • Geoffroy B.
    Geoffroy BablonNovember 9, 2014
    Spot the ducks! And hang out with the incredibly domesticated squirrels (they'll approach you if you pretend to have something in your hands for them).
  • NYIP
    NYIPJune 22, 2011
    Use a wide angle lens or panorama feature of your camera and a small aperture such as f/16 to capture the dramatic vistas around the Lagoon. Take photos of the Swan boats and suspension bridge too! Read more
  • Alexa Jane D.
    Alexa Jane DennerApril 28, 2015
    Gorgeous park with a bridge, duck boats, and a lot of ducks. Bring the kids, pets, and friends to enjoy the day!
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonMarch 12, 2015
    Board the delightful Swan Boats in the Public Garden and take a leisurely turn around the lagoon. The foot-pedaled swans are an enchanting rest from a day of shopping or exploring.
  • Trina Beana
    Trina BeanaJanuary 27, 2014
    See if you can spy the two friendly elderly ladies dressed in 1930s style clothing. Their spirits emerge from the Ritz Carlton Hotel and are seen strolling arm in arm through the park.
  • Brian C.
    Brian ChaseSeptember 8, 2015
    A 'must' place to visit in Boston. Ride the swan boats, check out the 'Make way for ducklings' statue of just check out the flowers and trees.
  • ESPN
    ESPNOctober 23, 2013
    When the Red Sox are playing in the World Series, the "Make Way for Ducklings" statues are as excited as anyone in Beantown.
  • Jenny M.
    Jenny MackintoshApril 8, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring a blanket for lounging, a book for reading, and cash for the swan boats (a touristy diversion for only $3). Bonus points for being here during tulip season.
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 28, 2011
    1st public garden in US. Created in 1837 when former Supreme Court Justice Horace Grant donated his camillia collection. Designed by George Meacham who won $100 for efforts. More info via blog. <LINK> Read more
    Upvoted Sep 21
  • Nicole M.
    Nicole MazzaNovember 19, 2015
    A beautiful place for a sunny afternoon walk. The squirrels are fat and friendly, they came right up to me!
  • Brian S.
    Brian SantJuly 11, 2012
    Get a vanilla cone at the Frosty Man on the corner of Arlington and Boylston and then go sit next to the 'lake' and watch the swan boats go by as you enjoy your delicious treat!
  • Olya X.
    Olya XaMay 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Just sit by the water during the work lunch time and watch life going on around. Tulips are absolutely beautiful! Cherry blossoms going on! Swan boats and real swans are out there now, take a break fr
  • Bridesign Wedding Flowers
    We know of some couples who have tied the knot here. Definitely a beautiful venue! Contact us for wedding flowers delivered to your doorstep! www.bridesign.com
  • Eric O.
    Eric OMay 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're looking to pat lots of dogs, better to cross the street to the Common. The Public Garden is the spot for a nice, scenic walk.
  • Carmen d.
    Carmen da SilvaAugust 15, 2011
    The Central Park of Boston, there are swan paddle boats in the lake, beautiful landscaping and bridges and a regular offering of musical talent. Read more
  • teresa S.
    teresa SchmitzAugust 20, 2011
    make sure to take the time to walk through the Gardens. We were there in early May and the trees were blossoming, the tulips were up. Beautiful
  • Jason
    JasonJune 19, 2015
    The best place in Boston. You have to come. If already here, walk down to the pins and make way for ducklings!
  • Nicolás F.
    Excelent place to have a peacefull day with a good friend... For me, very good memories of my good friend Jenna!
  • Marcus L.
    Marcus LaBrecqueSeptember 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Not unusual to witness proposals, wedding ceremonies and couples on a picnic. Keep an eye out for professor world band and his kazoos!
  • Fahad H.
    Fahad H.April 30, 2015
    One of the best public garden I have seen and excellent location 🇺🇸
  • Dan S.
    Beautiful park, lots of photo opportunities. Plenty of places to take a load off for a few and just soak in the sights and sounds of Boston.
  • Vincent D.
    Vincent De WitSeptember 1, 2015
    This place is definitely one of the best places to relax in Boston, lovely flowers and lovely atmosphere!
  • Gillian B.
    Gillian BarbieriApril 15, 2010
    Sit on the benches by the pond during the day with a good book. And enjoy a lovely picnic at night with some hot tea. The public garden is truly one of the most beautiful places in Boston.
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The famed Boston swan boats return to their Public Garden home this month for a summer of entertainment and rides around the lagoon.
  • Herman S.
    Herman SaksonoJune 8, 2013
    Very well manicured garden with beautiful flower beds from Spring to Autumn.
  • Steven S.
    Steven SchmittJune 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The bridge crossing the lagoon, designed by William G. Preston, opened in 1867. It was the world's shortest functioning suspension bridge before its conversion to a girder bridge in 1921.
  • Niny A.
    Niny Ali-SmithNovember 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Just a nice place to sit, read and people watching. Otherwise always entertaining to see all the squirrels scampering around!
  • Irina
    IrinaSeptember 25
    Lovely park in the centre of Boston. Go for a picnic in the summer. Dog-friendly 🐶
  • Melissa C.
    Melissa CDecember 27, 2011
    Beautiful park. Great place to just lounge around on a nice day. One of my favorite spots in Boston.
  • Emily Y.
    Emily YeagerSeptember 12, 2011
    The park benches next to the pond are excellent for people watching and reading a good book on a Saturday afternoon. Read more
    Upvoted Sep 15
  • Sandy W.
    Sandy WhittingtonSeptember 19, 2014
    Beautiful. RIP Robin. Also, if you bring a cute puppy to the park, don't get mad if you get a lot of attention.
  • Laurel B.
    Laurel BarrettOctober 7, 2014
    Very pretty. I missed the swan boats by a day. I wish it was listed on the go boston card that they were not year round.
  • Fernando d.
    Fernando de LeonAugust 30, 2012
    The swanmobile during a wonderfully sunny day. You will enjoy it.
  • Nicolás F.
    Interesting Fact: The seal of Boston holds the words "Sicut patribus sit Deus nobis" which in latin means "God be with us as he was with our fathers".
  • C B.
    C BaileySeptember 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful park. Always has nice flowers and plants during the warmer months
  • Barb S.
    Barb SegMarOctober 27, 2013
    Parking is safe and friendly. You have to get over the fees because parking is so limited in Boston.
  • Alex A.
    Alex ApriscoDecember 29, 2015
    Just walking around and enjoy this oasis in center of Boston near of Beacon Hill
  • Abrar A.
    Never come to this garden in the wrong season!! Try coming early Fall or late Spring .. It would be very attractive more than any other
  • BU Today
    BU TodayJune 25, 2013
    The Swan Boats in the Public Garden, first launched in 1877, run from mid-April through September 15, and are only $3 for adults. Read more
  • Mustafa B.
    Mustafa BaroomFebruary 11
    It has panorama view to #Boston down town, and I like it in all season
  • Angie O.
    Angie OsmanskiOctober 16, 2015
    Gorgeous gardens. Highly suggest walking around the garden.
  • Becka S.
    Becka SimonOctober 12, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Dogs, children, musicians, ducks, swans and sun <3 bring a blanket and sit under the willow trees
  • Rishi D.
    Rishi DesaiMay 7, 2013
    Fabulous tulips!! Perfect place to enjoy Lovely Boston summers :-)
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CMay 27, 2013
    Oldest public garden in the United States. Great place for a date.
  • Kárenly N.
    Sit close to the water and just breathe the air. Also, look for someone and do a random act of kindness.
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinJanuary 8
    Beautiful botanical oasis. Lovely Victorian flowerbeds and a lagoon.
  • Mollie D.
    Mollie DohertyJune 4, 2011
    Watch out for homeless man who will fall on top of you and pet your feet while your relaxing with friends.
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