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Boston Public Garden

Garden and Park · Beacon Hill
9 Arlington St (btwn Beacon & Boylston St), Boston, MA 02116, United States
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    • 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
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    • 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
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    • Noon–7:00 PM
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    • Noon–8:00 PM
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    • 11:00 AM–8:00 PM
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    • 10:00 AM–8:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–7:00 PM

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    Shannon F.
    "The squirrels here are crazy."(10 Tips)
    Rishi D.
    "Fabulous tulips!! Perfect place to enjoy Lovely Boston summers :-)"(6 Tips)
    Carl G.
    "Lovely Victorian flowerbeds and a lagoon."(5 Tips)
    Bill W.
    "The Make Way for Ducklings statues"(2 Tips)
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  • NYIP

    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

    NYIP · June 22, 2011
  • 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

  • Robyn F.

    Definatly take the time to walk around the pond. See if you can find the swan nest! Get some bread and feed the ducks, there will be ducklings in the springtime. The swan boats are fun and cheap.

    Robyn Fritz · May 14, 2010
  • Josh P.

    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!

    Josh Pavano · June 18, 2013
  • Trina Beana

    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.

    Trina Beana · January 27, 2014
  • Geoffroy B.

    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).

    Geoffroy Bablon · November 9, 2014
  • Gillian B.

    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.

    Gillian Barbieri · April 15, 2010
  • The Ritz-Carlton

    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.

    The Ritz-Carlton · March 12, 2015
  • Jenny M.

    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.

    Jenny Mackintosh · April 8, 2013
  • M K.

    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.

    M K · June 25, 2015
  • IWalked Audio Tours

    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

    IWalked Audio Tours · September 28, 2011
  • Olya X.

    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

    Olya Xa · May 6, 2011
  • Carmen d.

    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

    Carmen da Silva · August 15, 2011
  • Brian C.

    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.

    Brian Chase · September 8, 2015
  • Nicole M.

    A beautiful place for a sunny afternoon walk. The squirrels are fat and friendly, they came right up to me!

    Nicole Mazza · November 19, 2015
  • teresa S.

    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

    teresa Schmitz · August 20, 2011
  • Eric O.

    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.

    Eric O · May 9, 2013
  • 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

    Abrar Alsuwaina · March 13
  • Kirsten F.

    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

    Kirsten Fischer · July 8, 2010
  • 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!

    Bridesign Wedding Flowers · November 2, 2012
  • Steven S.

    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.

    Steven Schmitt · June 26, 2011
  • Niny A.

    Just a nice place to sit, read and people watching. Otherwise always entertaining to see all the squirrels scampering around!

    Niny Ali-Smith · November 19, 2015
  • Marcus L.

    Not unusual to witness proposals, wedding ceremonies and couples on a picnic. Keep an eye out for professor world band and his kazoos!

    Marcus LaBrecque · September 3, 2014
  • Elyssa A.

    Buy a cone from the Boston Frosty truck on the corner of Boylston and Arlington, then take a stroll along the pond.

    Elyssa Albert · June 17, 2015
  • Brian S.

    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!

    Brian Sant · July 11, 2012
  • Jason

    The best place in Boston. You have to come. If already here, walk down to the pins and make way for ducklings!

    Jason · June 19, 2015
  • 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".

    Nicolás Fuenzalida Plaza · October 21, 2012
  • Emily Y.

    The park benches next to the pond are excellent for people watching and reading a good book on a Saturday afternoon. Read more

    Emily Yeager · September 12, 2011
  • Laurel B.

    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.

    Laurel Barrett · October 7, 2014
  • Alexa Jane D.

    Gorgeous park with a bridge, duck boats, and a lot of ducks. Bring the kids, pets, and friends to enjoy the day!

    Alexa Jane Denner · April 28, 2015
  • Fahad H.

    One of the best public garden I have seen and excellent location 🇺🇸

    Fahad H. · April 30, 2015
  • Vincent D.

    This place is definitely one of the best places to relax in Boston, lovely flowers and lovely atmosphere!

    Vincent De Wit · September 1, 2015
  • Barb S.

    Parking is safe and friendly. You have to get over the fees because parking is so limited in Boston.

    Barb SegMar · October 27, 2013
  • Mollie D.

    Watch out for homeless man who will fall on top of you and pet your feet while your relaxing with friends.

    Mollie Doherty · June 4, 2011
  • Melissa C.

    Beautiful park. Great place to just lounge around on a nice day. One of my favorite spots in Boston.

    Melissa C · December 27, 2011
  • Image Unlimited C.

    During the summer the nearby beacon hill hotel and bistro offers blankets and picnic baskets!

    Image Unlimited Comm · September 8, 2010
  • Becka S.

    Dogs, children, musicians, ducks, swans and sun <3 bring a blanket and sit under the willow trees

    Becka Simon · October 12, 2014
  • Marc Jacobs Intl

    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.

    Marc Jacobs Intl · May 6, 2010
  • Nicolás F.

    Excelent place to have a peacefull day with a good friend... For me, very good memories of my good friend Jenna!

    Nicolás Fuenzalida Plaza · October 21, 2012
  • BU Today

    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

    BU Today · June 25, 2013
  • C B.

    Beautiful park. Always has nice flowers and plants during the warmer months

    C Bailey · September 15, 2015
  • Herman S.

    Very well manicured garden with beautiful flower beds from Spring to Autumn.

    Herman Saksono · June 8, 2013
  • ESPN

    When the Red Sox are playing in the World Series, the "Make Way for Ducklings" statues are as excited as anyone in Beantown.

    ESPN · October 23, 2013
  • Fernando d.

    The swanmobile during a wonderfully sunny day. You will enjoy it.

    Fernando de Leon · August 30, 2012
  • Rob P.

    Looks nice but when it's the only grass area for Mike's in a city, it gets packed

    Rob Pauloski · 2 weeks ago
  • Team Coco

    "Since being established by Horace Gray in 1837, the Boston Public Garden has had a strict "No Nudity" policy. Trust me." - Conan O'Brien

    Team Coco · November 10, 2011
  • Sandy W.

    Beautiful. RIP Robin. Also, if you bring a cute puppy to the park, don't get mad if you get a lot of attention.

    Sandy Whittington · September 19, 2014
  • Dusty W.

    There is a great statue of the discoverer of the medical use of ether on the East end of the park

    Dusty Wood · March 2, 2012
  • Ailyn

    My favorite park in the world! It's beautiful, specially in Spring. A can't miss while in Boston

    Ailyn · July 14, 2010
  • Harumi U.

    More communal feel than the next door Boston Common. Much prettier though much smaller

    Harumi U · August 18, 2014

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