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 one hour guided tour through this treasured oasis.


Our August 4 tour scheduled for 4:00 pm is CANCELLED due to heat advisory. 

Our one hour free walking tours will run Tuesdays at 10:00am and Thursdays at 4:00pm beginning June 7 through September 15. Look for our sign in the Public Garden at the Charles St. entrance to learn about additional tours, or potential weather cancellations by using the QR code.

Private tours may be scheduled for groups to be held Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm, with a required donation to be arranged. To inquire about a private tour, please email jan@friendsofthepublicgarden.org at the Friends office.

Additional questions? Please email tours@friendsofthepublicgarden.org.

  • 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 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.