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Public Garden

Arlington Street and Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
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  • Public GardenPro 2014
    Lauren Baker
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    5 Dec 31, 2013

    The gardens are beautiful, but the swan boats are the best thing here! Don't miss the make way for ducklings statues, which are usually dressed up in seasonal accessories.

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    Sharon "Bubz" Z
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    5 Jun 24, 2014

    I'm ashamed to admit that - I've been in Boston for almost 10 years and this is the first time I've been to the Public Garden and seen the famous Duckies. The Garden neighbors Boston Commons and it is incredible beautiful, even as we are just entering the early months of the Spring. The beautiful little lake, the perfectly placed bridge, the bronze ducky statues as well as the natural duckies and geese who made their home there creates an amazing place of tranquility in the busy city of Boston.

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    Becky Mahan
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    5 Sep 13, 2013

    The Swan Boats on the pond are a fun tradition - and on warm, sunny afternoons, this is a simply beautiful and relaxing activity for the whole family. Plus, the Make Way For Ducklings statues are heartwarming for anyone who grew up with the story - my Boston-bred grandmother (who also happens to love and collect ducks) read it to me every time I visited her as a little girl.

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    Boston Duck Tours
    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Our Public Garden was established in 1837 and is now the oldest public botanical garden in the United States. The famous Swan Boats have been carrying passengers on the pond since 1877. There are countless varieties of trees, shrubs, and flowers in the garden, along with statues and monuments. The most magnificent is the statue of George Washington just inside the Arlington Street gate. But the most popular are Nancy Schon's statues of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings from Robert McCloskey's children's book, Make Way For Ducklings.

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    Marjan Noci
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    5 Jul 09, 2014
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    Stacy
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    5 May 07, 2014
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    Emma Lee Mueller
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    5 Sep 21, 2013

    Willow trees, swan boats, statues and tulips. These are the things that come to mind when I think of the Public Garden. What a wonderful place for a stroll, picnic, or mid-afternoon nap. And it's no wonder you can always find newly engaged couples taking their awkward photos here--the scenery is gorgeous and so well maintained. And who doesn't swoon when they see little children playing on the "Make Way for Ducklings" statues. I know I do. I'll often go out of my way on my walk home just to pass through here. It's just that lovely!

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    Katie Pierce
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    5 Aug 15, 2013

    I've loved coming here since I was a little kid. Swan boat rides in the summer and the iconic statues from "Make way for ducklings" make this place one of my favorites!

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    Jenny Weiss
    4 Oct 20, 2013

    Beautiful place to walk around; take a ride on the swan boats in the summer!

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  • Public GardenCommunity ManagerAmbassadorPro 2014
    Audrey Lo "@GogobotAudrey"
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    5 May 28, 2014

    What a beautiful park in the middle of downtown boston! It's so peaceful with the little lake in the center. Great place to take a stroll or have a picnic on a sunny day!

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    Frannie McBrian
    5 Jul 12, 2013

    The rich history of Boston creates an urban aura of deeply rooted pride in native Bostonians as well as the city's visiting tourists. These gardens are sanctuaries in the midst of the surrounding buzz of city chaos. Truly a beautiful, serene spot to go to either with company or on your own. A wonderful spot to reflect and turn inwards, as you're surrounded by others who seem to be doing the same.

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    Josh Moody-Arndt
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    5 May 31, 2013

    Such an incredible public space. This place is almost like a painting from a few hundred years ago. There are lakes with bridges, swan boats, statues and plenty of benches facing the water. A perfect place to walk, reflect or have a picnic.

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    Karoline P
    4 May 28, 2013

    Walk around or sit under hundred plus year old trees. Ride the world famous Swan Boats, or join mother duck and her ducklings make their way through this beautiful garden.

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    Alex Sai
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    5 Aug 20, 2012

    Просто замечательные утки! Почти что ручные. Едят с рук. Парк небольшой, но очень освежает!

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    Rachel Patterson
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    The Public Garden is large and beautiful, and very nice to walk around. When I was there they were actually filming a movie, which was cool.

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    Shivangi
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    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Locals love this place. In Summers , you will find people jogging here , sitting around chatting, reading a book, Sailing on Charles or just sitting around. Watching the sunset .Its one of the best parts of living in Boston. You can see the sailing clubs across the River, the MIT campus in Cambrdige

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    Liz F
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    5 Aug 17, 2014

    The prettier of the two "parks" in downtown Boston. Great for wandering around.

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    Julia
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    5 Jan 17, 2014

    Prettiest place in Boston!

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    5 Jun 02, 2013
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    Lucas Alves
    3 Mar 03, 2013

    Visited during the winter, no lagoon or boats. Still nice, though.

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Description

The official children’s book of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, “Make Way For Ducklings” by Robert McClosksy, tells the story of a pair of mallards looking for the right place to raise their clutch of fluffy ducks. They find it in the first commissioned public gardens in the Untied States, the Public Gardens in Boston; located just across Charles Street from Boston Commons. And why wouldn’t you want to raise your family here? Blazes of blooming floral color and arboreal greens decorate the tranquil space. It’s home to the Frog Pond, where you can cool off in the hot summer months or skate on in the winter. For more than 130 years, the Swan Boats have been offering up fun and romantic rides that are an essential part of the Boston experience. That mallard family was in good company as well; about 120 different avian species (including mallards) have been identified within the 24 acres.

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4.5 out of 5
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