Fodor's Expert Review Boston Public Garden

The Back Bay Park (National/State/Provincial)
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Swam Boat, Boston Public Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

America's oldest botanical garden is replete with gorgeous formal plantings; a 4-acre lagoon, famous since 1877 for its foot-pedal-powered (by a captain) Swan Boats (swanboats.com); and the Make Way for Ducklings bronzes sculpted by Nancy Schön, a tribute to the 1941 classic children's story by Robert McCloskey.

Keep in mind that the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common are two separate entities with different histories and purposes and a distinct boundary between them at Charles Street. The Common has been public land since Boston was founded in 1630, whereas the Public Garden belongs to a newer Boston, occupying what had been salt marshes on the edge of the Common. By 1837 the tract was covered with an abundance of ornamental plantings donated by a group of private citizens. Near the Swan Boat dock is what has been described as the world's smallest suspension bridge, designed in 1867 to cross the pond at its narrowest point. The beds along the main walkways are replanted... READ MORE

America's oldest botanical garden is replete with gorgeous formal plantings; a 4-acre lagoon, famous since 1877 for its foot-pedal-powered (by a captain) Swan Boats (swanboats.com); and the Make Way for Ducklings bronzes sculpted by Nancy Schön, a tribute to the 1941 classic children's story by Robert McCloskey.

Keep in mind that the Boston Public Garden and Boston Common are two separate entities with different histories and purposes and a distinct boundary between them at Charles Street. The Common has been public land since Boston was founded in 1630, whereas the Public Garden belongs to a newer Boston, occupying what had been salt marshes on the edge of the Common. By 1837 the tract was covered with an abundance of ornamental plantings donated by a group of private citizens. Near the Swan Boat dock is what has been described as the world's smallest suspension bridge, designed in 1867 to cross the pond at its narrowest point. The beds along the main walkways are replanted every spring. The tulips during the first two weeks of May are especially colorful, and there's a sampling of native and European tree species.

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Quick Facts

Bounded by Arlington, Boylston, Charles, and Beacon Sts.
Boston, Massachusetts  02116, USA

617-522–1966-Swan Boats

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Rate Includes: Swan Boats $4

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