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.


For the first time since 2019, we are excited to welcome our free, docent-led Untold Stories of the Public Garden tours back to the parks.

Free tours will run Tuesdays at 10:00am and Thursdays at 4:00pm beginning August 26 through September 16. Look for our sandwich board signage in the Public Garden at the Charles St. entrance to see if that day’s tours are cancelled. 

Tours on Thursday, September 2, Tuesday, September 7, and Thursday September 9 are cancelled

Private group tours may be arranged, with a required donation included. To inquire about a private tour, contact the Friends office at 617-723-8144 or email jan@friendsofthepublicgarden.org. 

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.