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Boston Public Garden: Spectacular Flower Gardens, Swan Boats

If you feel wilted from trying to find the right Boston travel attractions, then the solution to blossoming your “Hub of the Universe” vacation is by visiting the Boston Public Garden in the heart of the city. It’s really the perfect foundation to falling in love with┬ávisiting Boston as the best of both worlds can be seen here — that is, the “green side” of Boston and views of all those spectacular historical and modern Boston buildings.

As the oldest public botanical garden in the United States dating back to 1837, the 24-acre Public Garden, today, features spectacular seasonal displays of tulips, roses, various flower beds, tropical displays, an and impressive density of trees.

Meandering paved paths lead to colorful patterns of flowers juxtaposed with the skyscrapers in the background making for a spectacular sight. What a great place for a stroll and people and plant watching!

In addition to the flowers, be sure to see The “Make Way for Ducklings” statues, near Charles and Beacon Sts.,featuring Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings — inspired by by Robert McCluskey’s children’s picture book of the same name about Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their adventures! Also, the Make Way for Ducklings Parade takes place annually on Mother’s Day at the Public Garden.

And, of course, what would a trip to the Public Garden be without a summer ride on the legendary Swan Boats of Boston? Down by the picturesque lagoon, the Swan Boat Rides of Boston is a true traditional delight — riding on a boat with plastic but rather charming-looking large swans while viewing the lush Public Garden certainly makes for a classic Boston family-friendly tourist destination. The boat rides date back more than 130 years!

Boston Swan Boat, Boston Public Garden, Mass.

Boston Swan Boat (photo by Eric)

Friends of the Public Garden help maintain and improve the integrity of that beautiful space, having started in 1970 with 30 people on a mission to help avert the Garden’s then deteriorating condition. Like a beautiful, hardy flower, the Friends of the Public Garden — jointly managed with the Boston Mayor’s Office and The Parks Department of the City of Boston — has truly “blossomed” as an important Boston-based organization!

Colorful flower gardens juxtapose with historic Boston at the Boston Public Garden, Boston MA

Gardens juxtapose with historic Boston at the Public Garden (photo by Eric)

Don’t let the warm weather season go by without visiting the Boston Public Garden. It is one of New England’s most spectacular city-located sights and especially nice at twilight…

View from the Boston Public Garden in Boston MA at twilight

View from the Boston Public Garden at twilight (photo by Eric)

What’s more,the Public Garden is part of the Boston Common — the oldest city park in the United States, established in 1624. You can read extensively on the Boston Common and 70 other Massachusetts town and city commons in the new book, Massachusetts Town Greens.

The Public Garden in Boston MA is located near some of Boston's most interesting streets

The Public Garden is located near some of Boston’s most interesting streets (photo by Eric)

9-11 display the Boston Public Garden in Boston MA

9-11 display the Boston Public Garden on Sept. 11 (photo by Eric)

There's even a redwood tree at the Boston Public Garden in Boston MA!

There’s even a redwood tree at the Boston Public Garden! (photo by Eric)

The Boston Public Garden is located at 4 Charles St., Boston. Tel. (617) 635-4505

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