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Boston Public Garden

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Beacon Hill
As featured in 3 Days in Boston and 8 other guides
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Address: 69 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108-3422
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+1 617-723-8144
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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This Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park, famous for its Swan Boats, has...

This Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park, famous for its Swan Boats, has over 600 varieties of trees and an ever-changing array of flowers. It is America's first public garden.

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Walked here frequently on nice days

It's easy to log steps in Boston, but this is a great place to walk and people watch. Was told not to go here or Boston Commons after Dark. Don't miss George Washington, the... read more

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Brilynn1979
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's easy to log steps in Boston, but this is a great place to walk and people watch. Was told not to go here or Boston Commons after Dark. Don't miss George Washington, the duck statues or the Swan Boats.

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Boston, United States
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This is a must see in Boston! The Public Garden is Boston charm with its historic Swan boats and specimen plantings. It is not for romping around in the lawns. Do that in the Common. But if you want a lovely setting to enjoy being outside then see the Public Garden. All the sculptures in the Garden are done by... More 

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a gorgeous spot in the center of Boston. Mature trees, lake, and SWAN BOATS! Beautiful spring flowers everywhere...a real gem!

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Toronto, Canada
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The park setting was nice but unfortunately there were a lot of homeless people milling about begging for money, making me uncomfortable and not feeling safe.

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read the tree signs, look at the flowers, watch the birds. Its just great that this place is in the city

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Boston Public Garden and adjacent Boston Common are great places to visit in the heart of Boston. This open space allows for viewing of the Boston skyline from an interior perspective and has the space to allow your kids to run. In addition, there is an opportunity to ride on the swan boats, listen to a concert in the... More 

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First I love this park and I have spent some time thinking about it , so here’s my advice. The park is meant to be seen from the outside in, not the inside out.Dont go right to the middle and stare out, as you’ll only see tall buildings, instead take in the cross park vistas. I suggest exploring the outer... More 

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We walked through the park a few times as it was in between places we wanted to go. Very pretty in April with the apple trees blossoming. Also went on the swan boats and ate at the Roxie food truck.

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This is a very beautiful place to draw a breath for all ages. One can enjoy the beauty and have an ice cream come as well as go on the swan boats. When finished, the subway is right there so one can quickly move on to other venues.

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I live nextdoor and genuinely enjoy the privilege to enjoy on a regular basis. These areas arise from the earliest commitment to public space in our country and continue to provide pride and joy to our citizen. No matter what time of the year, I can easily recommend a visit to experience this public space in the middle of our... More 

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