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Planning a New England day trip, weekend getaway, or longer adventure? Explore our curated New England travel directory, featuring picks from the editors of Yankee Magazine (the New England experts since 1935) for the best things to do in each state, plus where to shop, eat, and stay.

Boston Common and Public Garden

Boston Common and Public Garden are the combination of two historic efforts to create and maintain beautiful public spaces for the Boston community. The Common was created in 1634 as America’s first public park. The Public Garden was the first public botanical garden in America. Both are perfect for walking, gathering, and spending an afternoon.The best way to get a break from the bustle of the city is to saunter through the English-style plantings of The Public Garden. Stop to rub the shiny heads of the duckling statues (from Make Way for Ducklings), and take a 20-minute cruise on the lagoon aboard a Swan Boat.Yankee Magazine April, 2001Robert Paget launched the first pedalboats disguised as swans on the Public Garden Lagoon in 1877, and his descendants still run the giddy 15-minute glide.Yankee Magazine Sept., 2003In contrast to the genial rumple of the Common, one of America’s oldest botanical gardens evokes ideals of formality and structure in its floral displays and statues honoring Great Men. Whimsically puncturing the stiffness, the Swan Boats glide giddily about the lagoon. Bounded by Charles, Beacon, Arlington, and Boylston Sts.Yankee Magazine Sept., 1997The best way to get a break from the bustle is to saunter through the English style plantings of The Public Garden. Stop to rub the shiny heads of the duckling statues (from Make Way for Ducklings), then take a 15-minute swan boat cruise.Yankee Magazine April, 2005Robert Paget launched the first pedalboats disguised as swans on the Public Garden Lagoon in 1877, and his descendants still run the giddy 15-minute glide. Open Apr.-late June daily 10-4, late June to Labor Day daily 10-5, and until mid-Sept. Mon.-Fri. noon to 4 and Sat.-Sun. 10-4. $2.50, seniors $2, ages 2-15 $1.In contrast to the genial rumple of the Common, one of America’s oldest botanical gardens evokes ideals of formality and structure in its floral displays and statues honoring Great Men. Whimsically puncturing the stiffness, the Swan Boats glide giddily about the lagoon. Bounded by Charles, Beacon, Arlington, and Boylston Sts.Have your little ones pose with the bronze protagonists of Make Way for Ducklings at the Charles and Beacon streets corner of the Public Garden. Then take the whole family for a ride on the lagoon on those enduring vessels of Victorian fancy, the swan boats. Swan boat rides $1.75, under 13 95c.The best way to get a break from the bustle of the city is to saunter through the English-style plantings of The Public Garden. Stop to rub the shiny heads of the duckling statues (from Make Way for Ducklings), and take a 20-minute cruise on the lagoon aboard a Swan Boat. Open mid-April through mid-September daily 10-4; $2, seniors $1.50, children $1. WA.Yankee Magazine April, 2001

Boston Common
Boston
MA
02118
(617) 723-8144
Please Note: This information was accurate at the time of publication. When planning a trip, please confirm details by directly contacting any company or establishment you intend to visit.
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