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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  • What a beautiful & relaxing park! Just a great place to take a break from the city! From the charming Swan boats in the lake to the cool statues honoring our nations leaders including George Washingto...  more »
  • Very nice well maintained green space full of funny squirrels right place where you can relax and eat something given the presence of kiosks
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  • One of the oldest poarkls in the USA and we were thrilled tohave the weather, that supported us spending some time there. The Park is stunning and the Little swan boat ride is a must !  more »
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  • The Public Garden is a fantastic, central place to start your wanderings of Boston. Pretty much everything is within an hour's walk from here (walking is my preferred method in a city...though the subways run everywhere). I've been here mostly in the winter and it's always been quite pretty. If it's cold enough, you can walk across the ice for a new view.
  • One of my favorite places in Boston! It's pretty central to a lot of cool places. It has historical monuments, benches to people watch and feed ducks, swan boats in warm months, ice skating in cold months, and tulips planted everywhere in the spring. It's a must see!
  • What’s not to love. Right in the heart of Boston. Great place to spend some quality time, whether your with guests, friends, or by yourself. No matter what season it is. Spring time is absolutely beautiful, and they switch out the flowers a few times and always do a wonderful job. The squirrels are very friendly and I like to bring them a snack. Not supposed to feed the ducks or geese.
  • Lovely park even in March. Well tended paths, trees and monuments. Only disappointing thing I found on my visit was that the Lagoon was apparently drained for the winter. Nothing but mud and old leaves and a few small puddles for the resident ducks to paddle in. But over all a very nice place to stroll.
  • Swan boats, walking trails, the Make way for duckling statue, frog pond with ice skating in winter and different events throughout the year. Enjoy the outdoors or check out one of the many food places just outside. The Cheers restaurant is located across the street from one corner. It also marks a starting place to explore the Freedom Trail.
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