While not an offi­cial stop on Boston’s Free­dom Trail, the city’s pret­ty pub­lic gar­den is close to the trail and is a log­i­cal stop for those look­ing to take a break or stroll among the vibrant flow­ers.

Boston public garden

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Found­ed in 1837, the Boston land­mark was the first botan­i­cal gar­den in the Unit­ed States to be opened to the gen­er­al pub­lic. To design the 24-acre marsh­es set aside for the gar­den, the city held a com­pe­ti­tion to select a design­er. George W. Meacham won first prize and his design went ahead, although many changes were made to the design of the gar­den over the years. The orig­i­nal design, how­ev­er, has been retained as much as pos­si­ble.

Statues in the park

The gar­den is open all year round, although from April to Octo­ber you will find the most col­or­ful flow­ers. A fine vari­ety of pub­lic art is also on dis­play in the Pub­lic Gar­dens, includ­ing a superb stat­ue of George Wash­ing­ton and a whim­si­cal piece enti­tled “The Way for the Ducks,” an homage to author Robert McCloskey’s chil­dren’s sto­ry of the same name. The stat­ue of the pro­tag­o­nist, Mrs. Mal­lard, and her eight adorable lit­tle duck­lings have delight­ed chil­dren for decades.

statues in the park

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Swan Boats

The cen­ter­piece and most famous fea­ture of the Boston Pub­lic Gar­den are the Swan Boats. Oper­at­ing since 1877, the Swan Boats cross the lagoon in the gar­den. The boats were orig­i­nal­ly designed for 8 pas­sen­gers, but as the pop­u­lar­i­ty of the 15-minute boat ride has grown, the boats have been expand­ed to car­ry 20 vis­i­tors. Descen­dants of founder Robert Paget still oper­ate the attrac­tion.
Bosto­ni­ans are said to cel­e­brate the arrival of spring with the launch of swan boats, which use ped­al-pow­ered propul­sion and oper­ate from April through Labor Day. Tick­ets can be pur­chased in advance and used at any time dur­ing the sea­son.

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swan boats

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