Boston Public Garden
Boston Public Garden
4.5
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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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: Beacon Hill
Visit this historic and ritzy Boston neighborhood to soak up its classic New England charm as you stroll down cobblestoned, gas-lamp lined streets. Bring your walking shoes, camera, and select a nice day to wander through the hilly neighborhood and check out its exclusive addresses. Louisburg Square, Mt. Vernon street, Chestnut street and the extremely narrow and widely photographed Acorn street make a nice walking path. Make sure to meander down Charles street to poke into boutiques and antique shops, cafes, and restaurants on this quaint shopping street. Don’t forget to catch a glimpse up close of the State House with its beautiful and iconic dome.
How to get there
  • Arlington • 7 min walk
  • Boylston • 7 min walk
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  • Charla
    Copenhagen, Denmark16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful
    Such a wonderful place to visit. European like garden. A real treasure and gem of Boston. Don’t miss seeing this and the Commons where the new MLK statue is located. A must see for both. Beautifully manicured gardens. Not your typical public park. Don’t miss a ride in the swan boats.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written June 6, 2023
  • Joy M
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tour of Public Garden- a lovely morning!
    We joined Bridget and (Annie I think) for a free walking tour of the public gardens. It was a great blend of history, botany, and art appreciation! It was well worth the time. We are so happy that the Friends of the Public Garden exist and share their time!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 29, 2023
  • RM
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A jewel of the city
    Wonderful area for all to enjoy. Such a great park to soak up the history of this great city. Beautiful and clean. Well kept and plenty of shade and places to sit. Being a fan of "Make Way for Ducklings" I enjoyed the area that honored the classic book by Robert McCloskey.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • 363cymru123
    Cardiff, United Kingdom123 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Simply stunning gardens
    Take a walk around the gardens at any time of the day and they are always busy, people know a good thing when they see it! The gardens are very well maintained and we did sit for an hour one afternoon watching the gardeners trimming the ornamental hedges, they do a fantastic job. At the weekends you will see may brides and grooms having their wedding photographs taken here. Families take children for a ride on the swan lake which is very popular along with feeding the ducks and geese. There are plenty of seats/benches around the park in both the sun and shade.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 6, 2023
  • kimberly215
    Binghamton, New York212 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful!!!
    Great time walking around this garden. My kids liked the duck statues, but there was a line. The pond is lovely and so are the trees around. Plenty of coffee options around the help make the walking enjoyable!
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 8, 2023
  • Larry-Calif
    San Francisco, California378 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    BEAUTIFUL HEAVEN
    Across the street from the Boston Common is the garden is one of the most beautiful and scenic with lush landscaping place. Originally the muddy salt flats of the Back Bay was gradually filled with excavation from Beacon Hill. The area between the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden was used as an unofficial dumping ground, due to being the lowest-lying portion of the Garden. The area (now known as Charles Street) was regraded with the excavation of the nearby Tremont Street Subway Adjacent to Charles Street is the landscaped Boston Public Garden (24 acres) with numerous paths, many seasoned flower beds, a number of fountains, statues, signature suspension bridge over the middle of the pond. One of the most famous sculptures is “Make Way for the Duckings” a bronze sculpture of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings was installed near the corner of Beacon Street & Charles Street area. Mrs. Mallard’s baby Duckings are named “Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack.” Little kids hug, kiss, climb on and feed the bronze ducks. The best time to visit the Public Garden is early morning when the birds are just beginning to start the day with their song and the joggers are out running and they dog walkers are strolling through the park. Sitting here in the glorious landscaping, sensing the coolness of the shady trees and experiencing peace all around I feel like I am in BEAUTIFUL HEAVEN … at the Boston Public Garden.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Kate D
    34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Make Way for Ducklings
    Amazing. Beautiful. Loved it. Do the swan boats if you can book a boat before 3 pm. The gardens and statues are so wonderful and peaceful. The "Make Way for Ducklings" statues are a special part of the park. The trees are so iconic. The Washington statue is cool. There are so many wonderful things to see here or just bring a blanket and look up at the beautiful blue sky. This is worth the trip. Also, clean and safe unlike Boston Commons, which I WOULD NOT recommend to people who want a safe visit to Boston.
    Visited August 2023
    Written August 14, 2023
  • Lori M
    45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful setting
    It is so pretty here! I came on a rainy day which was great as there were very few people. Came again on a sunny day, more people, but still a beautiful setting. Was so excited when I found the make way for ducklings statues. Definitely come and spend sometime admiring the space and it’s also great for people watching.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written September 4, 2023
  • Aniket
    Houston, Texas10 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit during Spring
    Visited the Boston Garden during spring. Since there are lots of trees and flora, you can see spring in full bloom here. It is very beautiful and charming. You can bring your family, or significant other or even come solo. There are walking paths and sometimes you see street vendors on the outskirts.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written February 26, 2024
  • RayGCincinnati_OH
    270 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Boston Public Garden
    This was the first public botanical garden in America. The flora is attractive and it's a nice walk thru the Garden. Of course, they have Swan Boats! The boats take you on a pleasant ride around the lagoon.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 10, 2024
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Andrew T
289 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Went around mid afternoon. Overall 7.9/10, not a ton of flowers in bloom but nice green space area to walk around and enjoy the space, weather or people.
Written May 22, 2024
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jerrys01
Bel Air, MD587 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I actually consider the Garden to be more of a park. Yes, there are some flowers, but with the paths, waterways, swan boats, etc., the elements of a great public park are present. My wife and I spent a pleasant hour strolling the grounds and enjoying the fresh and (for once) sunny air.
Written May 18, 2024
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Alireza123
Tehran, Iran1,307 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My wife and I stayed in Boston for four nights. Our hotel was near the garden and we arranged to cross it every day of our stay at least two times.
In April it was a frame of a master piece. Very beautiful . It is not very big like central park in NY If you sit for a few minutes, one hour is enough. If you want to eat and drink and play half a day is good .
Written May 8, 2024
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Derrick Aw
Singapore, Singapore1,096 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This is one of the more beautiful urban gardens I’ve been to. The area is huge, and very CLEAN. There are lots of benches (or you can just put a rug on the vast expanse of grass). Some interesting monuments and art installations notably look out for “The Embrace”. The park is divided into two portions separated by a road. On one side are lots of flower beds (mainly tulips, which are always pretty) and a lake with boat rides.

I popped by after lunch and sat and walked around, leisurely, for almost two hours. It’s nice, in this cool weather!!
Written April 21, 2024
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RayGCincinnati_OH
Cincinnati, OH270 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
This was the first public botanical garden in America. The flora is attractive and it's a nice walk thru the Garden. Of course, they have Swan Boats! The boats take you on a pleasant ride around the lagoon.
Written April 10, 2024
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Soabrevaya
Buenos Aires, Argentina448 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
It has great greenery, some animals (squirrels and ducks). Even in winter the trees were beautiful. There is a lake, and a lot of places to sit.
Written March 26, 2024
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Aniket
Houston, TX10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
Visited the Boston Garden during spring. Since there are lots of trees and flora, you can see spring in full bloom here. It is very beautiful and charming. You can bring your family, or significant other or even come solo. There are walking paths and sometimes you see street vendors on the outskirts.
Written February 26, 2024
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Koa W
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Taking a walk in the park, you'll come across the famous Swan Boats. These charming white swan-shaped boats gracefully sail across the calm pond, creating a beautiful scene that's a must-see for anyone visiting the garden!
Written November 7, 2023
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roaming_kiwi58
Christchurch, New Zealand2,817 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
A lovely space in central Boston. There is a gorgeous bronze statue called "Make Way for Ducklings", which is a must see for kids and adults.
Written November 7, 2023
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David G
15 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
The park/garden was beautiful as the we were there for the fall foliage part of our visit. Major disappointment the ponds were completely dry, assuming for some sort of maintenance? So not a lot of picture taking opportunities. Disappointed since we walked so far to get to it and didn’t know the ponds were dry.
Written October 27, 2023
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