Sit by the lagoon in the Public Garden (©MOTT)
Established in 1837, it is the country’s first public botanical garden. Victorian in atmosphere, the lush oasis is coursed with walking paths that wind around memorials, bubbling fountains and benches. Artfully crafted flower beds bloom with some of 80 species of plants, and 40 types of exotic trees include Belgian elms, tea crabs and Kwanxan cherries. The idyllic lagoon at the park’s center is home to Boston’s historic Swan Boats.