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Boston Public Garden

Garden and Park
Beacon Hill, Boston
179 Tips and reviews
  • gardens
  • flowers
  • squirrels
  • people watching
  • picnics
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  • 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!
  • bonjourbun 🌈 宝.
    Bring some nuts! 🥜 This gets you closer to the squirrels 🐿. If not, try spotting a guy bringing a tub of almonds sitting not too far from Washington Statue & you are in for some squirrel moments 📷
  • 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!
    Upvoted Apr 16
  • 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.
  • 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 Apr 16
  • 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.
    Upvoted Apr 16
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Victoria G.
    Victoria GonserJanuary 15
    One of my favorite places in MA, the public garden is truly a beautiful and relaxing place. I highly suggest walking the grounds when the flowers and trees are in full bloom.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Rishi D.
    Rishi DesaiMay 7, 2013
    Fabulous tulips!! Perfect place to enjoy Lovely Boston summers :-)
    Upvoted Apr 16
  • 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!
  • Nicolás F.
    Excelent place to have a peacefull day with a good friend... For me, very good memories of my good friend Jenna!
  • Fahad H.
    Fahad H.April 30, 2015
    One of the best public garden I have seen and excellent location 🇺🇸
  • 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.
    Upvoted Apr 16
  • Dan S.
    Dan ScharaldiJuly 8, 2016
    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!
  • The Ritz-Carlton
    The Ritz-CarltonMay 5, 2016
    The famed Boston swan boats return to their Public Garden home this month for a summer of entertainment and rides around the lagoon.
  • 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.
  • Herman S.
    Herman SaksonoJune 8, 2013
    Very well manicured garden with beautiful flower beds from Spring to Autumn.
  • 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, 2016
    Lovely park in the centre of Boston. Go for a picnic in the summer. Dog-friendly 🐶
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fernando d.
    Fernando de LeonAugust 30, 2012
    The swanmobile during a wonderfully sunny day. You will enjoy it.
  • Marc Jacobs Intl
    Marc Jacobs IntlMay 6, 2010
    On your way to the Swan Boats in Boston Public Garden, be sure to pass by the home of the first same sex marriage in the nation, the Arlington St. Church.
    Upvoted Apr 16
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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".
  • Abrar A.
    Abrar AlsuwainaMarch 13, 2016
    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
  • Mustafa B.
    Mustafa BaroomFebruary 11, 2016
    It has panorama view to #Boston down town, and I like it in all season
  • 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
  • Angie O.
    Angie OsmanskiOctober 16, 2015
    Gorgeous gardens. Highly suggest walking around the garden.
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    Bill HudsonFebruary 1
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  • Kárenly N.
    Kárenly NievesJuly 30, 2016
    Sit close to the water and just breathe the air. Also, look for someone and do a random act of kindness.
  • 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
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinJanuary 8, 2016
    Beautiful botanical oasis. Lovely Victorian flowerbeds and a lagoon.
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CMay 27, 2013
    Oldest public garden in the United States. Great place for a date.
  • Raphael Armand
    Raphael ArmandAugust 31, 2014
    Peaceful and gorgeous place! You have to go!
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzJune 10, 2015
    Obviously a must when you're visiting. There's always something happening down here
  • drew t.
    drew tarvinJune 7, 2015
    A gorgeous part of the park that's worth the trip West for.
  • Kirsten F.
    Kirsten FischerJuly 8, 2010
    Looking for a great place for lunch or dinner? Mention Foursquare at The Melting Pot and receive 20% off fondue (food only). Located down the street in the Park Plaza Hotel. Read more
  • Rob P.
    Rob PauloskiApril 16, 2016
    Looks nice but when it's the only grass area for Mike's in a city, it gets packed
  • David
    DavidAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring a blanket, and enjoy a romantic picnic
  • 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.
  • Jon T.
    Jon TyburskiNovember 15, 2013
    Always a fantastic place to pass some time and admire the scenery.
  • Stephen D.
    Stephen DillAugust 10, 2014
    1000 tree specimens to peruse. And who knew there was a redwood growing in Boston? Find it!
  • Dusty W.
    Dusty WoodMarch 2, 2012
    There is a great statue of the discoverer of the medical use of ether on the East end of the park
  • Image Unlimited C.
    Image Unlimited CommSeptember 8, 2010
    During the summer the nearby beacon hill hotel and bistro offers blankets and picnic baskets!
  • Volker F.
    Volker FränkleOctober 16, 2014
    The sound of the city is blown away. A really restful place without any rush.
  • Charly S.
    Charly SuterOctober 13, 2013
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  • Lenka B.
    Lenka BartošováNovember 2, 2015
    Very romantic garden, great place for having date.
  • Blacknight S.
    Blacknight StudiosJuly 22, 2011
    Laying in the shade of a giant willow tree in 100 degree Boston summer weather. Doesn't get Much better than that
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UAugust 18, 2014
    More communal feel than the next door Boston Common. Much prettier though much smaller
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine MurrayMarch 22, 2016
    Beautiful. Worth visiting in spring or fall
  • Joe F.
    Joe F.December 29, 2013
    Wintertime, the Pond ices over and is safe to walk across. Water isn't very deep!
  • Chris
    ChrisApril 17
    Great place to vomit after the Boston Marathon. Aim for the bushes
    Upvoted Apr 18
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CMay 27, 2014
    This is a great place to walk around and see beautiful landscaping and foliage.
  • Shreya C.
    Shreya ChaudhariAugust 19, 2014
    Very nice place to walk around and also take pictures.
  • Julee P.
    Julee Peck JonesAugust 16, 2015
    I love that the trees are labeled with their scientific name
  • Roxsana R.
    Roxsana RocaOctober 27, 2013
    Way better than the Common, it's so clean and cute!
  • Kaya A.
    Kaya AApril 2, 2015
    Breathtaking - go early in the morning in summer!
  • Reemz
    ReemzMay 31, 2016
    A great place to spend a beautiful morning
  • Sofi M.
    Sofi MendezMarch 22, 2014
    Bring food for the squirrels, they're friendly but they need a treat
  • Alderina G.
    Alderina GraciaJuly 19, 2013
    Don't forget to bring blanket and something to drink while read or sleep :p
  • Tammy
    TammyMay 7, 2015
    Been here 50+ times
    A great place for a date! Even if it's just walking around the park!
  • Donna V.
    Tulips! And many more bloomers in the sunlight this warm am. Beautiful way to start the day!
  • Ailyn
    AilynJuly 14, 2010
    My favorite park in the world! It's beautiful, specially in Spring. A can't miss while in Boston
  • Ovgu C.
    Ovgu C. O.November 8, 2014
    Good spot to have a rest and lovely garden.
  • Team Coco
    Team CocoNovember 10, 2011
    "Since being established by Horace Gray in 1837, the Boston Public Garden has had a strict "No Nudity" policy. Trust me." - Conan O'Brien
  • Britta L.
    Britta LehmannOctober 14, 2013
    another amazing place to enjoy nature in boston!
  • Christine V.
    Christine VarrialeJuly 30, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Don't be the jerk who rides their bike through here.
  • Paulo Jorge P.
    Paulo Jorge PompilioNovember 6, 2015
    Most beautiful place for a child's photoshoot during Fall season.
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CasoApril 21, 2016
    Walks, people watching, artists, food vendor.
  • A S.
    A SAugust 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Get a picture on the bridge with the swan boats in the distance!
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen McVerryJune 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Fit a walk through here into your date plans. You're welcome.
  • Leigh Anne Z.
    Ride the swan boats! It's cheesy but such a great Boston tradition.
  • Nithya K.
    Nithya KrishnanSeptember 5, 2016
    A lovely place for a stroll
  • Nasser M.
    Nasser MehainiSeptember 26, 2014
    Beautiful boston common
  • Anthony
    AnthonyJanuary 3, 2012
    Bring your significant other.....come for a nice walk together.
  • Ciça
    CiçaSeptember 8, 2012
    The most beautiful park I've ever been!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJanuary 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    It's pretty beautiful on a winter's night, lit up with holiday lights.
  • Bud L.
    Bud LaRosaFebruary 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    There is never a bad time to stroll through this enchanted place.
  • Abigail A.
    Abigail ArgersingerMarch 8, 2016
    A beautiful spot on a warm day.
  • Dominiquie H.
    Dominiquie HarrisOctober 30, 2013
    Look for this amazing visitor.
  • Marina D.
    Marina DarosAugust 11, 2015
    Ótimo lugar para ler, sair com amigos e família! Lugar calmo com muitos animais.
  • Francesca
    FrancescaOctober 30, 2013
    Parco fantastico!!!! Da non perdere!!!!
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  • Ricardo S.
    Ricardo SanjurAugust 20, 2012
    Hermoso, no se olviden de sus cámaras!! aquí van a tomar muchísimas fotografías.
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