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Public Garden Monument Walking Tour

Monuments, sculptures beckon in Boston Public Garden

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.0 miles / 1.6 km
Duration: 1-3 hours
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Overview: Follow this guide through the Boston Public Garden to visit all the major sculptures and monuments in the area. I've provided links in order of the route; you will see them within the description section of this guide.

Tips: The Public Garden is located in downtown Boston. The easiest way to get there is to park outside the city at a T Station and take the Arlington Station exit next to the garden.

Points of Interest

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Small Child Fountain

This fountain is a nice break from all the historical figures you will find on this walk.
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George Washington Monument

This statue commemorates the first president as the leader of the United States and commander-in-chief of the Army.
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9/11 Memorial

This monument commemorates more than 200 people who had ties to Massachusetts who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
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William Ellery Channing

Channing was one of the country's foremost Unitarian ministers.
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Charles Sumner

Sumner was an outspoken abolitionist who opposed compromising on anything with the South before the Civil War.
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Tadeusz Kasociuszko

The Polish-Lithuaninan immigrant became an American military hero in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.
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Col. Thomas Cass

Cass was an Irish immigrant who founded the Fighting Ninth Regiment of volunteers during the Civil War.
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Wendell Phillips

The Boston lawyer was a famous abolitionist during the Civil War.
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Marvin E. Goody Memorial

Adorned with great eagles and surrounded by benches, this memorial honors Goody, who was chairman of the Boston Art Commission and friend of the Public Garden as well as a Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor.
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Bagheera Fountain

This sculpture is inspired the panther in the famous book, "The Jungle Book."
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Edward Everett Hale

Hale was a writer and another Unitarian minister who edited the Boston Daily Advertiser.
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'Triton Babies' Fountain

This fountain is named after the sea god Poseidon.
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'Make Way for Ducklings'

This is the most adorable bronze art in the whole garden. It was created in 1987 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Public Garden and is inspired by the book of the same name.
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George Robert White Memorial

This statue stands at the edge of a fountain to honor one of Boston's most famous philanthropists.
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Ether Monument/'Good Samaritan'

This is a tall (40 feet) monument that commemorates the use of ether as an anesthetic.
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Japanese Lantern

Although created in 1587, the lantern was given as a gift to Boston in 1904.
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Public Garden Foot Bridge

This beautiful foot bridge crosses the pond. Take a moment in the middle to gaze around and take in the peace of the Public Garden.
Pictures in this guide taken by: Photo by Tim Sackton, available under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License, Photo by Wally Gobetz, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license., Photo by JAKULL @ Flickr, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license., Photo by Daderot at Wiki Commons released into Public Domain without Copyright Restrictions, Photo by Dan4th Nicholas @ Flickr, available under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License, Photo by Arianravan @ Flickr, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license., Photo by Peter E. Lee, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic License, Photo by Mamoritai @ Flickr, available under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 Generic License, Photo by Chris Walton, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.0 Generic License, JonathanEllinger

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