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Boston Public Garden, Boston

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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. Add Boston Public Garden to your Boston travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Boston online travel route builder.
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  • I was impressed with the entire city - green pockets everywhere and the streets are extremely well kept. My first non business visit. This space is special and it does a lot to add to the character... 
    I was impressed with the entire city - green pockets everywhere and the streets are extremely well kept. My first non business visit. This space is special and it does a lot to add to the character...  more »
  • Public Garden is located next to the Boston Common separated with Charles Street. The Garden is about 1/3 the size of the Common, that doesn't mean there is not enough sites to view. The following is....  more
    Public Garden is located next to the Boston Common separated with Charles Street. The Garden is about 1/3 the size of the Common, that doesn't mean there is not enough sites to view. The following is....  more »
  • Beautifully kept, well designed park/gardens, moving tribute to 9/11 in the memorial garden. Lots of walkways around the lake to enjoy the nature 
    Beautifully kept, well designed park/gardens, moving tribute to 9/11 in the memorial garden. Lots of walkways around the lake to enjoy the nature  more »
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  • This public park is great space within the city. We're just visiting Boston for a few days and came upon this park while walking to a restaurant. The plants, flowers and bushes were colorful and beautiful, being in wonderful shape for mid-late September. There was a nice crowd, but not overpopulated. We enjoyed watching some of the wildlife (mostly squirrels and birds) and people walking their dog(s). It's a relaxing environment, worth the visit.
  • Boston Public is great! It was fun visiting last week. Took great pictures the people were so curious and respectful of each other. The convenient vehicle parking at the park help in making your experience even more enjoyable. I was able to shop, visit the library. Explore and enjoy the park, and dine all in one afternoon. A great city to visit!
  • A must see! Enjoyed this park better than Boston Commons. It is prettier and has more wildlife. Loved catching the live music and seeing the city lights at night. Bring some food for the squirrels... They will eat from your hands!
  • The gardens were pretty but they were working on the water it was dirty
  • I'm a local, so it's kind of weird to review a space I kinda just use to hang out as opposed to looking at the statues or greenery, but if you're coming to visit, I much prefer the Public Garden to chill out in than the Common. Much more shade, better views, and a little quieter in general. Grab your friends and a big blanket, find a good, shady spot, and make a day of it.

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