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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  • Is like a central park but more small, one of the parks most antique of USA, is a place to walk and relax
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  • The most beautiful park of Boston in my opinion. See the little statutes of duck. The big trees that touch the water. Floral arrangements. It is small but what beautiful sitting area. It disconnects the city certainly. To see :)
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  • Beautiful park area that was busy on this sunny afternoon. The ducklings were cute and perfect for photographs -less congested early in the morning. Nice bridge, gardens and 9/11 memorial garden that ...  more »
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  • Beautiful park in the midst of Boston! Lovely scenery, transmitting calm and promoting relaxation. A nice place to read, talk, or just wander around. Live music adds vibe to the already nice atmosphere. It is also a great place to eat lunch, plenty of sitting space.
  • It's beautiful here. For tourists, here is a quick tip: your experience here, and your impression of this place, will completely depend on the time of day (and year) you visit. Early morning on a weekday and you'll find a relatively quiet park, with people walk-commuting and some dogs. Midday, midweek you'll see a lunch crowd and some tourists. On the weekends, come early in the morning for a peaceful experience. If you're on vacation and staying close by, come here for a half hour before everyone else has gotten out of bed or is still eating breakfast; there'll be no one else here, and it's the most beautiful and relaxing place in the city. By afternoon on weekends, especially in summer, the garden fills up with people lounging on the lawns; locals and tourists alike. It's a fabulous atmosphere and an unmissable sight in Boston.
  • The Boston Public Garden is a great place to spend a sunny afternoon, a lunch break or a visit on the weekend. There are plenty of shady spots to set up a picnic blanket, beautiful green grass, fountains and flower beds. You can also catch a ride on the Swan Boats here!
  • Enjoy seasonal flowers. Wish they could keep up identity markers on trees. Usually the ones that I wanted to know did not have signs. Good point is that for the heavy foot traffic, the plantings looked great.
  • Great place to stop in during visit to downtown Boston. East coast always has best green spots downtown. Lots of things to see and do. Nice quiet spot in the middle of it all.

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