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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  • What a beautiful & relaxing park! Just a great place to take a break from the city! From the charming Swan boats in the lake to the cool statues honoring our nations leaders including George Washingto...  more »
  • Very nice well maintained green space full of funny squirrels right place where you can relax and eat something given the presence of kiosks
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  • One of the oldest poarkls in the USA and we were thrilled tohave the weather, that supported us spending some time there. The Park is stunning and the Little swan boat ride is a must !  more »
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  • The Boston Public Gardens is a historic city park which makes a pleasant place for residents and visitors to spend leisure time in the city of Boston. Situated immediately west of Boston Common and only separated by Charles Street, the public garden is open to the public from Formerly a marshland made into a public garden in 1837, this is a lovely place to landscaping, interesting monuments to historically important figures like first President George Washington and more child-friendly figures like the 'Make Your Way for the Duckling statues found northeast of the lake. During warmer months, you can try ride the Swan Boats on the garden lake. During the autumn, you can enjoy the changing of the leaves at the public garden. Some of the trees produce lovely red and yellow colours leaves. In the end, we enjoyed spending time at the Boston Public Garden as well as the Boston Common. Both are very much worth spending a bit of time if you are staying near or visiting attractions in this area of Boston.
  • Visiting from out of state and it was amazing! It was a beautiful garden/park. Very well groomed, flowers were blooming and it was a sunny beautiful day. Numerous statues along the outer edges of the garden showcasing some historical figures highlighted by Goerge Washington on a mount that is the centerpiece of the flowered areas of the garden and a very nice little pond in the middle if you want to take a swan boat ride. The trees in the garden are labels and shows of the diversity of the trees. Plenty of shades areas to escape the sun as well. Highly recommend a walk through
  • I feel lucky to have spent a part of my life growing up next to The Boston Public Garden. It was an awesome 😎 experience to live on the street that forms a part of the entrance to the park. The Public Garden is the oldest botanical park in America and a tranquil place to explore nature’s beauty. From unique trees and beautiful blooming flowers 🌺 to swan boats on the shallow waters, the Gardens is a wonderful place to relax alone or with family and friends. It’s also a great place to exercise during your morning walks or simply take it easy by sitting on one of the park’s wooden benches. The Public Garden connects to The Boston Common and both parks provide a peaceful sojourn into nature as well as downtown Boston. My friends and family absolutely love ❤️ these parks and I highly recommend a visit. Fabulous place for adults and children 👶 to enjoy the beauty of nature year round.
  • This is a huge beautiful, clean, and green garden. There are 4 fountains for those kids who love water, like my kid. There is a large pond in which many ducks and 2 swans swim. You can use the service of duck boat which takes you around the pond to see a whole view of garden. There are a lot of rose and big trees. So you still feel confortable, even in a too hot noon. The road in the garden is so great for jogging or running.
  • Beautiful park right across from the commons. It's a very nice place for a walk. There are lots of statues and monuments, including one of George Washington and make way for ducklings. In addition, there are swan boats that go around the pond. A must see place for visitors. Easily accessible from the Arlington T station.

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