Boston’s Public Garden is magical in the summer, with its many weeping willows and manicured hedges. Kids and adults alike will delight in a ride on the iconic Swan Boats, which float on the garden’s lagoon. The whimsical boats are foot-pedaled, and the propeller makes a relaxing paddling noise while you glide around the water, admiring the ducks and sometimes spotting a turtle or two. The boats—in different iterations, of course—have been paddling around the Public Garden’s pond for over 120 years, and are beloved by locals and visitors alike.
Boston's Public Garden is beautiful in every season. Winter provides a special opportunity to view its structural elements highlighted by a dusting of snow. On this particular visit on New Year's Day I had the opportunity to photograph the landscape as well as families in Boston for First Night.
There is no better way to spend a lazy summer's afternoon than gliding around the lagoon in Boston's Public Garden on the swan boats.
Owned and operated by the Paget family for 130 years, the swans were inspired by a medieval German opera in which a knight is drawn across a river to defend the honor of his love. While the boats continue to be a popular setting for lovers (and the occasional marriage proposal), they are more often occupied by families with children in search of Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack—the hapless ducklings made famous in Robert McCloskey's classic children's book, Make Way for Ducklings.
The boats are a seasonal pleasure and provide treasured memories for generations of local families, as well as a highlight for the many visitors for whom a trip around the lagoon is a fantastic Boston experience.
The Japanese lantern in the public garden near the footbridge was a gift to the city in 1904. It's one of many works of art on display in green spaces throughout the city. You'll find calming spots in every neighborhood, where you can take a minute to enjoy and appreciate the surroundings. A few of my favorites are the Public Garden, the Greenway, and Arnold Arboretum.
The Public Garden was established in 1837 as the first public botanical garden in the United States. Plants, monuments and fountains fill the park, which has maintained its Victorian design. The park’s greenhouses cultivate more than 80 species of plants for the garden and more than 50 other locations in Boston. The famous Swan Boats, which the same family has operated for more than a century, take visitors on a 12- to 14-minute ride around the lagoon. The famous Cheers Bar, whose exterior will be familiar to fans of the television show, is located just north of the garden (84 Beacon St.).
Went down to the Boston Public Garden due to the beautiful weather we had on Saturday and enjoy all the energy from all the tourist that are starting flood into Boston due to the Boston Marathon on Monday and all the ducks where out and flourishing and it was nice to see the duck boats out and about and the children running around.