Public Garden Guided Walking Tours: Untold Stories of the Public Garden

2017 Tour Season begins in May!

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

Tours start May 23 and will run through mid-September

Public tours are free. Please meet at the Make Way for Ducklings sculpture and watch for our volunteer docents in green aprons.

Helpful information:

  • Two volunteer docents 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 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. Please email for more information.