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

Free walking tours of the nations first public botanical garden begin on Tuesday, June 11. Tours run Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. and Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. through the high season.

Tours convene at the Ducklings statue. Please plan to arrive 5 minutes prior to your tour.


Cancellations will be posted here the morning of the tour.

Tours will not be held on Thursday, July 4 and Tuesday, September 3. 


Private tours may be scheduled Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm. The suggested donation will depend on the size of your group. Private tours are generally available June through September. To inquire about a private tour, please email jan@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.