Trip Planner:   USA  /  Massachusetts  /  Boston  /  Parks  /  Boston Public Garden

Boston Public Garden, Boston

(4.8/5 based on 6,500+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Boston Public Garden at the forefront of your travel plans using our Boston itinerary maker.
Create a full Boston itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Boston

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Boston by other users

1 day in Massachusetts BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Boston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Boston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 15 days in East Coast of USA & Philadelphia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Boston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 30 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 18 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Europe, United States & South Pacific BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND May, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 2 days in Boston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES September, outdoors, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 8 days in Boston BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, outdoors, historic sites, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The mood in this park, right in the heart of Boston is fantastic. At any time of the year has a special beauty.
    View original
  • The Public Garden is a perfect place for a walk in any season. When I was there on a warm day in early April, I saw several wedding parties and engagement couples being photographed, with a number of ...  more »
  • Great "common" to relax for a takeaway lunch or sandwich with the squirrels! Popular on a pleasant afternoon!  more »
Google
  • A very tranquil get away from the city. The variety of plants, I do not know how to appreciate, but for the green thumbs, you may find exotic and foreign plants from around the world. A few ponds if you walk around, and good trails to walk along. Pet friendly.
  • Another great open garden space, right next to the Boston Commons. You will enjoy this place if you're a solo traveller, or spending time with a loved one or going for a picnic with your kids. There's always something interesting going on at the gardens. The weekend I was there, a local Acapella group was giving an impromptu performance.
  • One of my favorite places to pass through when I'm in the city. No matter what season it is its always picturesque. If you like people watching this is a great spot.
  • I spent a few hours walking around here for an Ingress (Mobile GPS game) event. The scenery was great and many people were playing live music and that just added to the atmosphere. There were many many squirrels!
  • A beautiful area to walk and enjoy a sunny day. It's one of those destinations you have to see if you are visiting Boston. You can take really nice photos around here and the area is kept pretty clean. There is a boat ride in the center of the garden.