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This Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park, famous for its Swan Boats, has over 600 varieties of trees and an ever-changing array of flowers. It is America's first public garden.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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69 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108-3422
+1 617-723-8144
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Most Helpful Positive Review
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Reviewed October 2, 2001

Boston Public Gardens in the fall has to be an almost perfect way to spend a couple of hours. For such a public place it has a tranquil atmosphere. The view across the water to a vista of Boston buildings is strangely lovely to look...More

25  Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed April 10, 2013

Probably the only "public" garden in the world with "Keep Off the Grass" signs! No sunbathing, no picnicking. Sunbathing and picnicking are allowed in the "dirt" areas. No bathrooms for miles. Breeze through the "Garden" over to the Boston Common which is mostly dirt. No...More

5  Thank Fraulein007
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This park is the jewel of Boston. It is beautiful any time of year. That trees and plantings are always perfectly maintained. There are plenty of paths and benches to sit on and enjoy the views. There are many monuments and fountains. These include a...More

Thank D0nLC
Reviewed yesterday

I prefer the Public Garden to the Boston Common - such beautiful plants, lovely pond and great location.

Thank Huffysworld
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Just loved walking through here. The fall colours, sculptures, lakes. What a gorgeous park in a big city.

Thank shonas804
Reviewed 2 days ago

If the kids have excess energy have them run up and down Gallows hill. Your daughter's hair blowing in the breeze as she runs toward your camera makes an image you will treasure for years. While we are entertaining children let them visit Jack,Kack, Lack,Mack,...More

Thank howards736
Reviewed 2 days ago

It's a gorgeous park, in the middle of a city - it's absolutely perfect for a few minutes of rest and relaxation. It's what every city needs, and this one doesn't disappoint! Worth having a little wander around as there are some cool hidden gems...More

Thank andrean311
Reviewed 2 days ago

This, and the Boston Common are all part of an attractive city park, but a quick walk-thru is all you need to see it.

Thank PeterD2327
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

What a fantastic place to chill and relax in the Centre of Boston. There are two things which you see throughout the park, people taking photos and squirrels. It’s a great park to walk round and there are some really nice coffee shops nearby. Certainly...More

Thank 412martinh1966
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is one of the prettiest parks I have seen. It’s quaint enough to feel small and intimate, but large enough with its many spaces for lots of people to feel spread out. The fall colors reflecting off the lake were stunning! I can imagine...More

Thank Jekela
Reviewed 4 days ago

A picturesque spacious park in the middle of a busy city. There are plenty of photo opportunities. Try to count the squirrels!!!

Thank 788PaulD7
Reviewed 5 days ago

It is so easy to walk around and check it all out. You are steps away from everything...Freedom Trail, Newbury Street, Cheers, etc.

Thank 3deltas
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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with
historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through
one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston
Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling
statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the
pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where,
during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting
children and eager tourists through the pond. Have
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Response from Caroline G | Reviewed this property |
No they are not
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Response from debra k | Reviewed this property |
Use the "T" Boston's subway transit system. Maps of the system are available in hotels, etc. The "T" is very user friendly.
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Response from craig s | Reviewed this property |
I think we spent about $20 for a family of 6. Terrific way to see the park and some of the turtles!