Public Garden

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by notso62 on September 24, 2005

The Boston Public Garden lies right in the middle of the Back Bay neighborhood. The streets and buildings that surround this garden are always busy with motorists, patrons, and upscale proprieters, but the garden remains a place to go to escape the hustle and bustle.

The ornate iron gate entrance surrounded by roses and other manicured plants makes visitors feel as though they are entering an enchanted part of the city. Once inside, these expectations are not spoiled, but rather confirmed. The beautiful lawns, trees, plantings, fountains and statues line well paved pathways. Artists line the banks of the pond, sketching the popular "swan boats" that paddle customers around the water. The pathway over the pond crosses a small suspension bridge--remarkably the smallest suspension bridge in the world.

My favorite thing in the park is a statue of the "Make Way for Ducklings" ducks, commemorating the famous Robert McKlosky tale of the mother duck who walked her ducklings acrossed Charles Street to get to the pond in the Public Garden. Charles Street is the busy road that seperates the Public Garden from Boston Common. This book can make the perfect souvenir of a Boston trip for anyone- both young and old.

The garden and all its whimsy attract many people looking for a special place to take special occasion photographs. Multiple wedding parties make a stop here on the summer weekends.

Tourists and native Bostonians alike can all enjoy the beauty of the Public Garden everyday. To walk through is admission-free anytime of the year. It is such a refreshing pick-me-up from the day at the office, or a tourist's day full of bustling sights.

Surrounding the Public Garden are many other popular sights, so stopping by could easily be implemented into most tourist itineraries. The Prudential Building, State House, and Boston Common are all within a short walking distance. The garden is close to the Arlington T stop, which makes getting there very easy.

Boston Public Garden
Adjacent to Boston Common
Boston, Massachusetts
(617) 522-1966

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