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Boston Public Garden

Adjacent to Boston Common, the Public Garden was established in 1837 by Horace Gray as the nation's first public botanical garden. The park is famous for its foot-pedal-powered Swan Boats, which travel in a four acre pond. The children's book Make Way for Ducklings, by Robert McCloskey, is set in the Public Garden. Bronze statues of Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings are set in cobblestones near an entrance to the park.

Fun Fact: The ducklings are named Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack.

Photo source: Carol M. Highsmith

Next: Massachusetts State House


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