Boston Public Garden

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Arlington at Boylston, Boston, MA, USA
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A Boston City Oasis Sep 04, 2012
In the heart of Boston, the Public Garden is a shining jewel. Founded in 1837, this botanical garden includes a lagoon filled with ducks and a few swans, walking trails and plenty of benches to relax. Statues featuring George Washington, Massachusetts' part in both the Civil War and anti-slavery (abolitionist) movement and a monument to Massachusetts General Hospital for discovering that inhaling ether makes patients numb to pain are scattered throughout the garden for history buffs.

On the lagoon, visitors can take rides in swan boats, which have been in operation since 1877. The cost is $2.75 for adults and $1.50 for children. I remember my aunt and uncle (who used to live in Boston) sending me a postcard as a child of these boats and I've always wanted to see them.

On the north side of the park, underneath the shadows of Beacon Hill, is the statue "Make Way for Ducklings" about the children's story of mallard duck family who came to live at the Boston Public Garden. I loved this book as a child and it was great to see adults and children alike hugging the ducks for photos.

Entry to the garden is free but beware that bicycles must be walked and some parts of the park warn visitors to stay off the grass. Depending on the time of year, bug spray may help visitors close to the lagoon.

Visitors might see anything from a wedding performed to hearing first-rate classical musicians in the evening. One special memory for me is seeing a few couples waltzing to Ukrainian music as the sun began to set. People stopped to watch, smiling with awe, as this was something special to witness.

The Public Garden should be on any visitor "to do" list in Boston. The grounds are beautiful and a sight to see.
Bridge over the lagoon including t…
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spocklogic says:
I spent many a day at the Boston Public Gardens over the years. At one time I taught some classes at Suffolk University and often ate a sandwich in the park.
Posted on: Sep 03, 2012
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