Boston Public Garden

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Boston Public Garden
Boston Public Garden
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Key Info

4 Charles St.

Price & Hours

Free
24/7 daily

Details

Parks and Gardens, Recreation, Free Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.4scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Though the Boston Public Garden sits right next to Boston Common, the two are actually quite different. The public garden is newer (established in 1837) and holds the distinction of being America's first public botanical garden. Flowers and trees are beautifully organized and kept in quality condition throughout. You can see the colorful arrangements and exotic trees from the 4-acre pond in the center of the garden before taking in the lagoon by Swan Boat. Additionally, the park houses two of Boston's most iconic statues: "Make Way for Ducklings" (a bronze sculpture of a duck and her eight ducklings) and the George Washington Statue (which shows America's first president riding on a horse). 

Visitors looking to relax after sightseeing will enjoy Boston Public Garden. Recent travelers said you'll find plenty of shade beneath the park's trees, which comes in handy on hot summer days. Plus, you'll likely spot some ducks and geese swimming around the Public Garden's lagoon. And if you have a few dollars, past visitors recommended taking a 15-minute ride on a Swan Boat. The large paddle boats cost $4 to ride (or $2.50 for kids ages 2 to 15); travelers with Go Boston Cards ride for free. Swan Boats are available between mid-April and mid-September. 

You'll find the Boston Public Garden surrounded by the city's Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Chinatown-Leather District and downtown neighborhoods. The park sits next to the original Cheers restaurant that inspired the famous TV show. To get to the Public Garden, visitors can take the Green Line to the Arlington "T" station. Several bus stops are also located within walking distance. An underground parking garage is offered on-site (fees start at $12 for up to an hour of parking), as well as metered street parking. The Public Garden is free to visit and is open 24 hours a day, but bring cash if you plan on riding on a Swan Boat. Additional facilities, such as restrooms and cafes, are not available in the park. For more information about the Boston Public Garden, visit the City of Boston's website.

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