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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. Put Boston Public Garden at the forefront of your travel plans using our Boston itinerary maker.
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  • This is classic Boston. Take your time and stroll through the gardens. Even if you're not traveling with children, you have to see Make Way for Ducklings! It's a busy, lovely place in all seasons.  more »
  • Nice clean Park with lots of trees, each of which has a tag with the name/type, many squirrels and ducks with water with some goose. The Park also includes a beautiful statue on horseback by g. Washington. You can also take a boat ride on the Lake.
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  • Killing time and walked through and enjoyed the area. Lots of space for being in middle of city. Swan boat ride was closed by time we got to them  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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