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Public Garden Monument Walking Tour

Monuments, sculptures beckon in Boston Public Garden
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1 miles
Duration: 1-3 hours
Family Friendly

Overview :  Follow this guide through the Boston Public Garden to visit all the major sculptures and monuments in the area. I've provided links... more »

Tips:  The Public Garden is located in downtown Boston. The easiest way to get there is to park outside the city at a T Station and take the ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Small Child Fountain

This fountain is a nice break from all the historical figures you will find on this walk.

2. George Washington Monument

This statue commemorates the first president as the leader of the United States and commander-in-chief of the Army.

3. 9/11 Memorial

This monument commemorates more than 200 people who had ties to Massachusetts who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

4. William Ellery Channing

Channing was one of the country's foremost Unitarian ministers.

5. Charles Sumner

Sumner was an outspoken abolitionist who opposed compromising on anything with the South before the Civil War.

6. Tadeusz Kasociuszko

The Polish-Lithuaninan immigrant became an American military hero in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

7. Col. Thomas Cass

Cass was an Irish immigrant who founded the Fighting Ninth Regiment of volunteers during the Civil War.

8. Wendell Phillips

The Boston lawyer was a famous abolitionist during the Civil War.

9. Marvin E. Goody Memorial

Adorned with great eagles and surrounded by benches, this memorial honors Goody, who was chairman of the Boston Art Commission and friend of the Public Garden as well as a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor.

10. Bagheera Fountain

This sculpture is inspired the panther in the famous book, "The Jungle Book."

11. Edward Everett Hale

Hale was a writer and another Unitarian minister who edited the Boston Daily Advertiser.

12. 'Triton Babies' Fountain

This fountain is named after the sea god Poseidon.

13. 'Make Way for Ducklings'

This is the most adorable bronze art in the whole garden. It was created in 1987 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Public Garden and is inspired by the book of the same name.

14. George Robert White Memorial

This statue stands at the edge of a fountain to honor one of Boston's most famous philanthropists.

15. Ether Monument/'Good Samaritan'

This is a tall (40 feet) monument that commemorates the use of ether as an anesthetic.

16. Japanese Lantern

Although created in 1587, the lantern was given as a gift to Boston in 1904.

17. Public Garden Foot Bridge

This beautiful foot bridge crosses the pond. Take a moment in the middle to gaze around and take in the peace of the Public Garden.