Public Garden Tours 2017-10-18T15:47:09+00:00


Join the Friends of the Public Garden for walking tours of Boston’s iconic Public Garden. Learn about the history, sculpture, and horticulture of America’s first public botanical garden by taking a guided tour through this treasured oasis.


Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10:00am, weather permitting

The 2017 tour season ended September 21. Thanks so much for joining us! If you missed a tour, the 2018 tour season begins mid-May.

Questions? Please email

  • Public tours are free. No need to sign up prior; just show up!
  • Please meet at the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture in the Garden and watch for our volunteer tour guides in green aprons.
  • Two volunteer tour guides lead each tour.
  • Tours last about 60 minutes.
  • Approximately one-half of the Public Garden (from the Beacon Street to the bridge) is covered.
  • A tour may be cancelled due inclement weather. Please call the office at 617-723-8144 to confirm.
  • Please plan for the weather. You may want to bring a hat, sunblock, and water on warm days.

Private group tours are offered for a fee and are based on availability of tour guides.  These tours are the same as our free public tour and cover one half of the Garden in one hour. Private group tours are available Monday-Friday.

Please email for more information.