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Boston Public Garden, Boston

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A meticulously maintained park in the middle of the city, Boston Public Garden features swan-ornamented pedal boats and the world's shortest suspension bridge. The park, America's oldest public garden (established in 1837 by philanthropist Horace Gray), showcases permanent plantings that include roses, bulbs, and shrubs. As you stroll through the 10 hectare (24 acre) garden, notice the weeping willows, elms, horse chestnuts, dawn redwoods, and ginkgo trees lining the main pathways. Before you leave, stop by the equestrian statue of George Washington, a popular photo op near the west exit of the park. Just to the north of the garden, you can also visit the "Cheers" bar, made famous by the 1980s television sitcom. Add Boston Public Garden to your Boston travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Boston online travel route builder.
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  • Explored this park on my day off. was the only thing in Boston I wanted to go out and do other than what I came here for. The park was beautiful with tons of people. However The park is a little... 
    Explored this park on my day off. was the only thing in Boston I wanted to go out and do other than what I came here for. The park was beautiful with tons of people. However The park is a little...  more »
  • Make Way For Ducklings, the favorite children’s book about a duck family who settles in the public garden, has a wonderful statue here and is a must see for kids of all ages. Our second visit to... 
    Make Way For Ducklings, the favorite children’s book about a duck family who settles in the public garden, has a wonderful statue here and is a must see for kids of all ages. Our second visit to...  more »
  • Beautiful gardens to have a lovely stroll brisk walk or even a run Will definitely visit again when in Boston 
    Beautiful gardens to have a lovely stroll brisk walk or even a run Will definitely visit again when in Boston  more »
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  • Serene park with beautiful views of the city and surrounding community. It's a great place to set up for a morning workout or yoga session. Lots of sculptures to view and amazing landscaping. Very quiet in the morning. Gets very busy as the day goes by. Take a ride in the Swan Boats which are a landmark of the Public Garden's since 1877.
  • The Boston Public Garden is a large park surrounded by beautiful trees and flowers. The sceneries are visual treat by themselves. This gorgeous park has something to offer for everyone. You can just sit on benches and enjoy its tranquility, listen to live music being played by up and coming artists, set up a place for mediation or stroll around and admire the stunning flowers and the exceptional landscaping. I was fortunate I got to see the colorful foliage. There are statues of historic US figures, a large pond called the lagoon, and a historic bridge that stretches over the lagoon with a scenic views of the water and the island in its center. An iconic feature in the park is the bronze Mama duck with her eight ducklings heading to the lagoon. Truly, it is one of the most captivating park I have ever seen thus far.
  • A charming park, full of live music (when we were there were players with typical Scottish music), people getting married in the park, children playing… a charming diversity! The beauty of the place is unique (beating many parks in the USA). Well maintained and clean. We loved this place and we will definitely be back.
  • The most accurate description would be a 3 in the winter and a five in Spring when everything is in bloom. Summer and fall being 4's depending on the day. A nice green space in the center of Boston. You can walk completely around it and through Boston Commons in an hour easy. That being said it has a cute lake that has cheap swan boats to ride and beautiful displays of flowers in the spring that draws people from all over to come and take photos in it. It can get very crowded during peak times so be aware. It is nice enough to walk around and can be a nice green break from the surrounding city. Park in the Boston Common Garage if you are driving. There are public bathrooms right across the street in Boston Common, it is inside the visitors center that also sells some souvenirs and has friendly staff. The red line T will also drop you off at Boston Common. This is also where you can find a restaurant open during fair weather and peak time and street vendors selling souvenirs and snacks. Their are occasional musicians performing around and some of them can be amazing (There was an orchestra doing Disney songs!!!).
  • A beautiful green space to enjoy your day. Perfect for picnics and strolling around, soaking in the scenery. Plenty of benches and shaded to trees to relax. Fun for all ages. Swan Boats are definitely an attraction you want to ride.

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