• "Make Way for Ducklings" sculpture in Boston Public Garden
  • The Boston Public Garden from the Arlington Street entrance.
  • The swan boats at the Boston Public Garden are a popular attraction.
  • The lake and bridge at the Boston Public Garden, the first public botanical garden in the US.
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Boston Public Garden

Type: Family Friendly, Gardens, Parks

Map / Directions 10Best Says

Take a leisurely stroll through the oldest botanical garden in the United States and get a feel for Boston's charm and grace. 1877 marks the start of the Garden's fame for the Swan Boats that float...  Read More


Map / Directions Hours:

  • Park: 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

Map / Directions Admissions:

  • Park Free
    Swan Boat Adult $2.75; Senior $2; Child (2-15) $1.50

  • Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: The Boston Public Garden lets kids run around, climb on the Make Way For Ducklings Statues and ride the Swan Boats.
  • Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The beauty of the Boston Public Garden changes with the seasons, enjoy rides on Swan Boats, checking out the landscape or the perfect picnic setting.
  • 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 Outdoor Activities Because: The Boston Public Garden is beautiful, but a ride on the Swan Boats is a must at least once.
  • 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 Sightseeing Because: Stunningly beautiful in late spring when the Public Garden is in full bloom, you'll find historical spots hidden among the beauty.
  • 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.


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