Return of the Swans

Photo courtesy of Marek Szczepanek

Plans for 24th Annual Return of the Swans event at the Public Garden have been newly updated!* Please join us this Monday, May 7th to celebrate Romeo and Juliet’s reintroduction to their summer home. They had previously migrated south for the winter—to the Franklin Park Zoo! As Boston’s two favorite swans Romeo and Juliet enjoy quite the homecoming celebration even Mayor Menino will make an appearance to welcome them back!

At 9:15am, we will host a parade beginning at the corner of Beacon Street and Charles Street (right near the Make Way for Ducklings statue). Led by a brass band, the parade will conclude at the Boylston Street side of the lagoon where the official ceremony will begin at 9:30. Additional entertainment and refreshments provided by the Four Seasons Hotel and H.P. Hood LLC will also be available.

We are so excited about this event, and we expect it to add a little extra fun to Boston’s Monday morning!

For more information, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will be happy to take any calls (617-635-4505), or you can visit their Facebook page:

*As of May 4th, 1:10pm

Frogs & Fun!

For the first time, the Boston Common’s Frog Pond, in collaboration with the Franklin Park Zoo, will hosting a Frog Appreciation Day.  This celebration of the pond’s amphibious namesake is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and August 20th and will include many fun games and activities that you won’t want to miss! Face painting, story-telling, live music and frog races are just the beginning!

Franklin Park Zoo staff will be on hand to answer all your frog-related questions and will also host an interactive frog discussion session. There will even be a giveaway for children’s tickets to the zoo. Kids will have a great time while learning cool facts about frogs and the importance of protecting animal habitats.

Date and time:

August 20th

10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

For directions to the Frog Pond click here.