Statue of George Washington
At the main (Arlington St) entrance to the Public Garden, visitors are met by a statue of George Washington mounted nobly on his horse.
Make Way for Ducklings Statue
The most endearing of the Public Garden monuments is Make Way for Ducklings, always a favorite with tiny tots who can climb and sit on...
Adjoining Boston Common, the Public Garden is a 24-acre botanical oasis of Victorian flowerbeds, verdant grass and weeping willow trees...
Shakespeare on the Common
Each summer, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company stages a major production on the Boston Common, drawing crowds for (free) Shakespeare...
Bistro du Midi
The upstairs dining room is exquisite, but the downstairs cafe exudes warmth and camaraderie, inviting casual callers to linger over...
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Swan Boats information
A relic of Boston’s bygone days, a ride on the swan boats offers 15 minutes of serenity.
On the tranquil lagoon of the Public Garden, the story of the slow-going swan boats goes back to 1877. Robert Paget developed a catamaran with a pedal-powered paddlewheel. Inspired by the opera Lohengrin, in which a heroic knight rides across a river in a swan-drawn boat, Paget designed a graceful swan to hide the boat captain.
While today’s swan boats are larger than the 1877 original, they still utilize the same technology and they are still managed by Paget’s descendants.