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Boston Public Garden
  • Charles St at Beacon St

    Boston Common

    Boston, MA 02108

  • Phone: 617-522-1966

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  • Hours:



    Daily Sunrise-Sunset Swan Boat (Apr-mid Jun) 


    Daily 10am-4pm Swan Boat (mid Jun-Labor Day) 


    Daily 10am-5pm Swan Boat (Labor Day-mid Sep) 


    Mon-Fri Noon-4pm

    Sat-Sun 10am-4pm

  • Type:
    Family Friendly, Gardens, Parks
  • Website:

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Casually stroll through the oldest botanical garden in the United States to take in the beauty nature provides. The hustle and bustle of city traffic all but disappears when walking through here. The Swan Boats are a summer-time sensation; leisurely cruises that circle the small pond and add to this urban escape. Buy a ticket, take a ride and watch the world pass by.







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Jessica Polizzotti

Ten Best Logo 03 Local Expert Says:

"Gorgeous year-round, but best when everything is in full-bloom."

Best for Attractions near Hynes Convention Center Because: A part of Boston's history, a Swan Boat ride in the Public Garden is a right of passage for visitors of all ages.

Best for Attractions near TD Garden Because: Gorgeous year round, the Boston Public Garden is less than a mile form the TD Garden and ideal for picnics, strolls, and Swan boat rides.

Best for Outdoor Activities Because: The Boston Public Garden is beautiful, but a ride on the Swan Boats is a must at least once.

Best for Romantic Things to Do Because: The Boston Public Garden in full bloom is stunningly beautiful and the perfect place to admire the beauty of the one by your side.

Best for Sightseeing Because: Stunningly beautiful in late spring when the Public Garden is in full bloom, you'll find historical spots hidden among the beauty.