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    Boston Public Garden

    by GracesTrips Updated Jul 26, 2015

    Visiting Boston Public Garden was a pleasant surprise! Though there were quite a few people there during my visit, it still felt serene. The swan boats were a novelty and there was a few guys making and selling balloon animals. Many beautiful plants and flowers can be seen. Ducks in the lake. Squirrels and birds all over. Park benches are sponsored, represented by a plaque. Easy to get to by metro. Please check out my video and additional photos on my Boston Public Garden travelogue, too!

    Swan boats ride in 2015 cost US$3.00 & US$2.00

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    Public Garden

    by happypasttime Written Dec 12, 2014

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    The Public Garden was founded in 1837. It is a very nice open space in the middle of a busy city. There are many monuments scattered around the park. There is a pond with a nice bridge. It is a very peaceful setting. Several paved paths cut through the park and around it. Very nice for an evening stroll.

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    Side By Side With Boston Common

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 11, 2014

    The Boston Public Garden actually lies side by side with the Boston Common, both are public parks of which the Public Garden is located a the Western Side and the Boston Common at the East Side. The Smaller and Rectangular Public Garden is bounded by Beacon Street, Charles Street, Arlington Street and Bolyston Street. This 24 acre (9.7 hectare) public park is more of a botanical garden than the larger Boston Common, with less open spaces. The garden was only made in the 18th century while the bigger common was made in the 16th century.

    Opens 24/7

    Bus Trolley Stops at Bull and Finch Bar (Cheers) at Beacon Street just across the street!
    Nearest MBTA is at Arlington Station

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    Public Garden

    by antistar Updated May 16, 2013

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    The smaller sister of the more famous Boston Common, the Public Garden is far more relaxing and beautiful. Where the Common is a largely unstructured space, the Public Garden is landscaped with flower beds, trees and paths, and decorated with statues. The centre piece is a "swan" lake crossed by an elegant suspension bridge.

    It was America's first Botanical garden, and the architect responsible was a one Frederick Law Olmsted, the genius landscape architect behind Central Park in New York and the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago. I'd recently read about him in the excellent book Devil in the White City, a quote from which says a lot about his work:

    "I have all my life been considering distant effects and always sacrificing immediate success and applause to that of the future,"

    The Public Garden has certainly passed the test of time.

    Today the Garden is popular with walkers, sun lovers and parents. The grand roots of the varied tree fauna provide lots of photo ops for small children, and the backdrop of the lake and Boston skyline are perfect for all sizes. The lake area also attracts, on sunny weekends, a colourful character called Ramblin Dan. He's a warm faced one-man band that children love...

    ...well except mine who found him a bit scary.

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    Swan Boats

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 23, 2013

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    One of the things you'll see as you walk around the gardens are the beautiful Swanboats. They have been part of the garden for a long time. Take a ride on one of these graceful boats and glide along the pond. It will sure to bring a smile on the face of any one.

    Prices are as follows Adults $2.75
    Children $1.25 (age 2 to 15 years)
    Seniors $2.00

    Hours of operation:

    Spring (April to June 20) 10 am to 4 pm
    Summer (June 21 to Labor Day) 10 am to 5 pm
    Fall (After Labor Day) 12 pm to 4 pm Weekdays
    10 am to 4 pm Weekends

    Swanboats on the pond
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    Beautiful Garden

    by Gypsystravels Updated Jan 23, 2013

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    The Boston Gardens is a haeven for the city life with its many fountains and gardens. If you find yourself in the gardens on a beautiful spring or summer day you will most definitely see the famous "Swan Boats" located in the lagoon. The sculpture of "Make way for Ducklings" is also located in the garden. According to what I've been told, you will find the world's smallest suspension bridge here as well.

    The lagoon Cute ducks The bridge Beautiful trees
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    Make Way For Ducklings Sculpture

    by travelfrosch Updated Sep 12, 2012

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    A big favorite among local children is the sculpture of a duck and eight ducklings in the northwest corner of the Public Garden. The scene is from a popular children's story, "Make Way For Ducklings," written and illustrated by Robert McCloskey in 1941. The story follows Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings named Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Oack, Pack, and Quack (no word on the whereabouts of cousins Rack, Sack, Tack, Uack, Vack, Wack, Xack, Yack, or Zack) as they find a home in the Public Garden (after a squad of policemen stop traffic to keep the little quackers from being run over). A favorite family activity is to have the kids climb all over Mrs. Mallard and ducklings. Minifrosch was no exception, and had a fine time sitting on top of the various sculptures.

    Getting all of your ducks in a row Minifrosch poses with the duck Blocking the line Trying a smaller one for size Time to give someone else a turn
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    The Swan Boats

    by travelfrosch Written Aug 11, 2012

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    A long-time favorite activity for the children of Boston is to take the Swan Boats in the Public Garden. Since 1877, pedal-powered boats have made their way around the garden's lagoon, making the approximately 15-minute course around the body of water and allowing passengers to admire the plant and bird life along the water's edge. A convenient bridge spans the lagoon, allowing family members a fine vantage point to take pictures. The shore right below the bridge also works well for ground-level views.

    Fare is $2.75 for adults, $1.50 for children over the age of 2, $2 for senior citizens over the age of 65. The Swan Boats run from mid-April to Mid-September, 10AM - 5PM June 21-Labor Day, shorter hours off-season.

    Your Swan Boat awaits Mommy enjoyed it, too Minifrosch enjoys the Swan Boat The entrance
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    Nothing Common here...

    by PinkFloydActuary Updated Aug 26, 2011

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    On the last day of my time in Boston, I decided to take a short walk and ended up in Boston Public Gardens near Boston Common. Scattered throughout the park are beautiful plants, walking paths, and a large lagoon in the middle of the park. Wafting through the middle of the lagoon are the famous Swan Boats, which for a few bucks, can take you on a peaceful 15 minute ride through the Garden.

    The Public Garden claims to be the first botanical garden in the US. The large bronze statue of George Washington is definitely a highlight.

    And for those who like a little popular culture as well, Cheers lies just to the north of the Garden.

    General Washington Cheers entrance - north of the park Memorial site Washington in Bruins garb Boston Public Garden

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    RIDE THE SWAN BOATS

    by moiraistyx Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A trip to the Boston Public Garden just wouldn't be complete without a ride on its ever famous swan boats. Children and adults alike will love the ride around the pond. Be sure to bring some old bread or crackers to feed to the ducks and swans that are bound to be following the boat around.

    The Swan Boats will open on Saturday April 19th for the 2008 season and closing on Sunday September 21st for the 2008 season. . Until then hours of operation are 12-4 during the week and 10-4 on the weekends.

    The cost per adult is $2.75, $1.55 for children 2-15, and $2.00 for seniors.

    Here's a little bit of trivia for you, the swan boats have been floating visitors around the Public Garden pond since 1877, that over 120 years.

    Me, Brendan, Vanessa and Stephanie
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    Turn back the clock in The Public Garden

    by gilescorey Updated Aug 15, 2010

    This tip is entirely related to the The Common, as both parks are separated by the racing traffic of Charles Street and little else.

    The Public Garden has a bit of a different feel than The Common. This park is patrician, dainty, downright British and not pleased should you trod upon it's beautifully manicured lawns. Want that? Cross Charles Street!

    Few public parks in the United States are as charming and enchanting as The Public Garden. From it's pedestrian bridges to its skate pond, Swan boats to its flower beds, The Public Garden is a gorgeous respite in the heart of Boston and possibly the most visited site in the city.

    For good reason.

    The famous ducklings in The Public Garden
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    Don't miss the ducks

    by donpaul77 Updated Mar 11, 2010

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    In one corner of the Public Garden is a great sculpture of a family of ducks, based on the children's book 'Make Way for Ducklings'. Don't ask me why, but kids love this and it's a great photo opportunity.

    the ducks claire, emmett and the ducks
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    Immortalizing a homegrown story

    by Tijavi Updated Mar 6, 2010

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    Not to be missed at the Public Garden is the sculpture of a duck family by Nancy Schon - a mother duck and her brood of eight ducklings. The sculpture is inspired by the homegrown children's 1940s picture book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. The story's main plot revolves around two Mallard ducks - Mr and Mrs Mallard - who decided to raise a family at the lake in Boston's Public Garden (from an island on the Charles River). The book continues to be printed to this day, with over two million copies sold as of 2003. It has put Boston in the minds of children (and their parents) throughout the world - in way the Kennedy's perhaps couldn't.

    Perhaps because of the cute plot and perhaps as a grateful gesture for introducing Boston to children around the world, the city has completely embraced the ducks which had become a sort of cultural icon in posters and billboards.

    Mrs Mallard with her brood of 8 ducklings On their way to the lake
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    George Washington Statue

    by Tijavi Updated Mar 6, 2010

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    Boston's tribute to the country's first president is the Public Garden's centerpiece - a bronze statue of George Washington mounted on a horse by Thomas Ball. The statue, which sits on a solid granite base, was dedicated in 1869 and is considered one of the finest memorial statues in Boston.

    As the Public Garden's centerpiece (some would argue this honor goes to the Public Garden lake), it becomes a focal point for photo taking opportunities for tourists and locals alike, especially against the backdrop of Boston's gorgeous fall foliage.

    Classic Boston image The bronze statue was made by Thomas Ball The statue has a regal air from afar
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    Edward Everett's statue

    by Tijavi Updated Mar 6, 2010

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    A prominent landmark in the Public Garden, this statue is in honor of Edward Everett, one of Boston's most famous sons - and definitely scion of Boston's elite families having attended Boston Latin School and Harvard. He had a distinguished career in the academe and political spheres and seemed to be almost everything - congressman, senator, governor, ambassador, secretary of state, and president of Harvard, his alma mater - except being president of the United States of America.

    Statue of Edward Everett at the Public Garden He was everything, except the president
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