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Boston Public Garden

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Beacon Hill, Boston
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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.
    🌸 bonjourbun 🌸 宝钏April 20
    Been here 5+ times
    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
    Been here 5+ times
    Gorgeous park with a bridge, duck boats, and a lot of ducks. Bring the kids, pets, and friends to enjoy the day!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CasperAugust 23
    This garden area is pretty small, but cute and nice... sit at a bench and people watch or walk through to see the flowers, trees, bridges, or ponds!! It's pretty quiet and peaceful
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rebecca B.
    Rebecca B.June 28
    Been here 50+ times
    Beautiful flowers and trees. It's a lovely place to relax with a book or lunch or just sit and watch the ducks, squirrels and people.
  • 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! www.bridesign.com
  • 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
  • Rishi D.
    Rishi DesaiMay 7, 2013
    Fabulous tulips!! Perfect place to enjoy Lovely Boston summers :-)
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Herman S.
    Herman SaksonoJune 8, 2013
    Very well manicured garden with beautiful flower beds from Spring to Autumn.
  • 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.
  • 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 🐶
  • 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.
    Upvoted Jun 27
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Fernando d.
    Fernando de LeonAugust 30, 2012
    The swanmobile during a wonderfully sunny day. You will enjoy it.
  • Fahad H.
    Fahad H.April 30, 2015
    One of the best public garden I have seen and excellent location 🇺🇸
  • C B.
    C BaileySeptember 15, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Beautiful park. Always has nice flowers and plants during the warmer months
  • 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.
  • Alex A.
    Alex ApriscoDecember 29, 2015
    Just walking around and enjoy this oasis in center of Boston near of Beacon Hill
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • Mustafa B.
    Mustafa BaroomFebruary 11, 2016
    It has panorama view to #Boston down town, and I like it in all season
  • Stephan S.
    Wonderful place to hang out and have a break from discovering the vivid city.
  • 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
  • Hoang P.
    Hoang PhanAugust 9
    Quiet and peaceful place where you can sit and enjoy the view and may catch some swans playing around
  • 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.
  • Carl G.
    Carl GriffinJanuary 8, 2016
    Beautiful botanical oasis. Lovely Victorian flowerbeds and a lagoon.
  • Bill H.
    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
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CMay 27, 2013
    Oldest public garden in the United States. Great place for a date.
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzJune 10, 2015
    Obviously a must when you're visiting. There's always something happening down here
  • Raphael Armand
    Raphael ArmandAugust 31, 2014
    Peaceful and gorgeous place! You have to go!
  • 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
  • David
    DavidAugust 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring a blanket, and enjoy a romantic picnic
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Charly S.
    Charly SuterOctober 13, 2013
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  • Volker F.
    Volker FränkleOctober 16, 2014
    The sound of the city is blown away. A really restful place without any rush.
  • Lenka B.
    Lenka BartošováNovember 2, 2015
    Very romantic garden, great place for having date.
  • 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!
  • Katherine M.
    Katherine MurrayMarch 22, 2016
    Beautiful. Worth visiting in spring or fall
  • Harumi U.
    Harumi UAugust 18, 2014
    More communal feel than the next door Boston Common. Much prettier though much smaller
  • Joe F.
    Joe F.December 29, 2013
    Wintertime, the Pond ices over and is safe to walk across. Water isn't very deep!
  • 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
  • Emilio C.
    Emilio CMay 27, 2014
    This is a great place to walk around and see beautiful landscaping and foliage.
  • Chris
    ChrisApril 17
    Great place to vomit after the Boston Marathon. Aim for the bushes
  • Julee P.
    Julee Peck JonesAugust 16, 2015
    I love that the trees are labeled with their scientific name
  • Shreya C.
    Shreya ChaudhariAugust 19, 2014
    Very nice place to walk around and also take pictures.
  • Kaya A.
    Kaya AApril 2, 2015
    Breathtaking - go early in the morning in summer!
  • Roxsana R.
    Roxsana RocaOctober 27, 2013
    Way better than the Common, it's so clean and cute!
  • 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!
  • Ovgu C.
    Ovgu C. O.November 8, 2014
    Good spot to have a rest and lovely garden.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Britta L.
    Britta LehmannOctober 14, 2013
    another amazing place to enjoy nature in boston!
  • A S.
    A SAugust 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a picture on the bridge with the swan boats in the distance!
  • Jennifer C.
    Jennifer CasoApril 21, 2016
    Walks, people watching, artists, food vendor.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen McVerryJune 9, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Fit a walk through here into your date plans. You're welcome.
  • Nasser M.
    Nasser MehainiSeptember 26, 2014
    Beautiful boston common
  • 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.
  • 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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    Tariq AL-ShathryJune 4, 2015
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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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