The Public Garden, also known as Boston Public Garden, is a large park in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, adjacent to Boston Common. It is a part of the Emerald Necklace system of parks, and is bounded by Charles Street and Boston Common to the east, Beacon Street and Beacon Hill to the north, Arlington Street and Back Bay to the west, and Boylston Street to the south. The Public Garden was the first public botanical garden in America.
Boston's Back Bay, including the land the garden sits on, was mudflats until filling began in the early 1800s. The land of the Public Garden was the earliest filled, as the area that is now Charles Street had been used as a ropewalk since 1796. The town of Boston granted ropemakers use of the land on July 30, 1794, after a fire had destroyed the ropewalks in a more populated area of the city. As a condition of its use, the ropewalk's proprietors were required to build a seawall and fill in the land which is now Charles Street and the land immediately bordering it (now a part of the Public Garden).
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Megan Eisenhauer | Feb 9, 2018
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.
Jeff Chetkauskas | Feb 9, 2018
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.
Josh Underhill | Mar 4, 2018
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.
Brian Kirby | Feb 2, 2018
I'm surprised how clean it was and how the crowd behavior was better than it was at the old Boston Garden. I remember it was out of control when I went as a young child. The entertaining of the crowd was great. I had a blast and I will be attending more Bruins games and other events because I had such a great time.
Владимир-сын путина- Пост | Nov 29, 2017
Review for Halloween week 2017- 3 consecutive days and nights: Cons: Only one set of bathrooms? Rats And rat feces EVERYWHERE at night! Almost no food vendors. Parking is an issue. Cant access alot of areas of the park. Pros: Good police presence, well maintained trash and cleanliness. Well lit at night. Low homeless presence. Better than Central park NYC. Squirrels are the best part!
David Lamb | Mar 18, 2018
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.
Shelley Mintz | Apr 30, 2018
The day was warm and SUNNY, and I people watched and walked around with my music. I love the Boston Public Garden, because anyone young or older can be alone! The beautiful trees and smells of flowers, food and the access to so many places is wonderful!
David Parsons | Apr 11, 2018
Beautiful location in Boston. The lake is just stunning. Very well managed place. Good place to wander around Boston and explore. The traffic might be very heavy, just like it was when I was there. Also a great place to have picnics.
Justin Seaman | May 3, 2018
Beautiful park right next to the commons. A breath of fresh air in the hustle of downtown Boston. Often very crowded and dense, but a great place to hang out with friends, and possibly meet some new ones!
Cynthia Jackson | Mar 24, 2018
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!
Sebastian Mot | May 22, 2018
A great place to hang out and walk around/ get some fresh air. There's so much history attached to this place, for example a scene from the movie Good Will Hunting was filmed on one of its benches. It's really safe/ family friendly and close to all the stores and food you could possibly want. Sometimes there's bands playing in various areas, the bridge is super cool to walk on/take pictures on, the squirrels are almost too friendly, and they always make it beautiful with the flowers they change out every once in a while.
Dara Raynah Jones | May 19, 2018
Walked my dog here btwn 7/8am, and it was very peaceful. Only dog owners and few older people jogging. It was super peaceful and the grounds were well manicured. The flowers were all bloomed, and I was able to catch the swans at their designated resting area. They were so beautiful to see up close. Very nice park, but come early in the day if you want some peace and quiet.
Tara Blaize | Jun 4, 2018
Beautiful. Touristy. Locals make it feel like home. Very green. Squirrels are extremely friendly and will climb up your leg or hand for food. Swans, ducks... beautiful flowers. Old world charm. Food vendors. Very safe.
John Haynes | May 17, 2018
Beautiful and tranquil. The tulips were in full bloom. The pond is home to many ducks and a pair of swans (both female). One was sitting on 3 softball sized eggs. Wide variety of interesting trees which are helpfully labeled. Highly recommended.
jillian tristan | Jun 13, 2018
I feel lucky to have spent a part of my life growing up next to The Boston Public Garden. It was an awesome 😎 experience to live on the street that forms a part of the entrance to the park. The Public Garden is the oldest botanical park in America and a tranquil place to explore nature’s beauty. From unique trees and beautiful blooming flowers 🌺 to swan boats on the shallow waters, the Gardens is a wonderful place to relax alone or with family and friends. It’s also a great place to exercise during your morning walks or simply take it easy by sitting on one of the park’s wooden benches. The Public Garden connects to The Boston Common and both parks provide a peaceful sojourn into nature as well as downtown Boston. My friends and family absolutely love ❤️ these parks and I highly recommend a visit. Fabulous place for adults and children 👶 to enjoy the beauty of nature year round.
Eric Nisbet | Jul 4, 2018
Hadn't been to the Public Garden as a tourist in over 20 years. I had forgotten what a great place it is. We were there on a beautiful weather day and there were a lot of people at the park but it wasn't crowded. So pretty. Took a ride on the Swan Boats for the first time in 25 years. Still only $4.00. Great way to enjoy Boston.
Nufaces Media | Jun 24, 2018
Right in the middle of the hustle and bustle that is Boston downtown, is this place where you can get peace and quiet. The squirrels are super nice and will actually come up to you and eat out of your hand (not recommended!). There is even a white/albino squirrel who has been living in the park the past couple of years. The park has a vast number of species of trees. Overall, the sights were nice, the sound of the kids playing and couples enjoying a stroll through the park were all happening to give the park a serene feel. The swan boats were not running the day we visited, but that would have just made the review a 5-star plus.
Megan Beggs | Jun 12, 2018
Beautiful park in the city. Fairly large for a city park. Lots of benches, a lake with swans and dicks (and boats to rent) and flowers and fountains. Was only here in the summer so cannot comment on what there is in the winter. Nice place to relax of have a picnic. Would definitely recommend.
BradJill Travels | Aug 14, 2018
The Boston Public Gardens is a historic city park which makes a pleasant place for residents and visitors to spend leisure time in the city of Boston. Situated immediately west of Boston Common and only separated by Charles Street, the public garden is open to the public from Formerly a marshland made into a public garden in 1837, this is a lovely place to landscaping, interesting monuments to historically important figures like first President George Washington and more child-friendly figures like the 'Make Your Way for the Duckling statues found northeast of the lake. During warmer months, you can try ride the Swan Boats on the garden lake. During the autumn, you can enjoy the changing of the leaves at the public garden. Some of the trees produce lovely red and yellow colours leaves. In the end, we enjoyed spending time at the Boston Public Garden as well as the Boston Common. Both are very much worth spending a bit of time if you are staying near or visiting attractions in this area of Boston.
Scott Davis | Aug 2, 2018
Visiting from out of state and it was amazing! It was a beautiful garden/park. Very well groomed, flowers were blooming and it was a sunny beautiful day. Numerous statues along the outer edges of the garden showcasing some historical figures highlighted by Goerge Washington on a mount that is the centerpiece of the flowered areas of the garden and a very nice little pond in the middle if you want to take a swan boat ride. The trees in the garden are labels and shows of the diversity of the trees. Plenty of shades areas to escape the sun as well. Highly recommend a walk through
George Shepherd | Aug 16, 2018
The Boston Public Garden is one of the most special places anywhere. It’s beautiful and full of happiness; the happiness is created by its beauty, quirkiness, and all the smiling people that are enjoying it. It’s go history, with brass ducks memorializing the Garden’s starring role in “Make Way for Ducklings.” It’s got swan boats. There’s no better place to sit and smile.
William Lieberman | Jul 15, 2018
Beautiful, peacful spot in the middle of downtown Boston. Nice long walking path that has very little elevation change. So it is highly accessible to people with disabilities. There are several folks playing instruments through the park. All are very good and very unobtrusive. They add to the ambiance of the park. And, I highly recommend taking a swan boat ride through the lake in the park. Gives a nice view of all of the park, accessible to all and very peaceful. One note. There are no facilities here. So, plan accordingly. Beautiful spot in the city. Really nice way to spend an hour or two.
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