A High-Tech Audio Walk through the Boston Public Garden. New iPod Audio Tour of the Garden Available for Free Download

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There's a new, hip way to explore the Boston Public Garden: with an iPod audio tour. The iPod audio tour features an original musical score, ambient beats, and interviews with local people associated with the Garden. At times the tour becomes almost a meditation, as you walk among the flowers and trees, accompanied by the sounds of progressive strings and rhythms.

This iPod audio tour is a new way to interact with the garden, to immerse yourself in its stories.

August 21, 2008 - Boston, MA - There's a new, hip way to explore the Boston Public Garden: with your iPod. Today the Friends of the Public Garden launched "The Public Garden Audio Tour", a self-guided iPod audio walking tour. The iPod audio tour is available for free download at the Friends of the Public Garden website, and as a free podcast on iTunes. Visitors can also rent iPods at the Swan Boat ticket counter in the Public Garden.

"Many people walk through the Garden, but don't know the secret stories about the place," said Henry Lee, President of the Friends of the Public Garden, the nonprofit organization that helps care for the Garden. "This iPod audio tour is a new way to interact with the garden, to immerse yourself in its stories."

The audio tour features an original musical score, ambient beats, and interviews with local people associated with the Garden. At times the tour becomes almost a meditation, as you walk among the flowers and trees, accompanied by the sounds of progressive strings and rhythms.

The audio tour begins on the bridge, in the heart of the garden, and winds along the walking paths to 18 different sites. The tour stops includes:

  •     The "Good Will Hunting" Bench: Check out the little-known bench where Matt Damon and Robin Williams had their climactic heart-to-heart in the Oscar-winning Boston movie.
  •     The "Make Way for Ducklings" sculpture: listen to sculptor Nancy Schon's emotional explanation of her iconic work.
  •     The Garden of Remembrance: Senator Ted Kennedy reflects upon 9/11 in this quiet corner of the garden.

"We want to use technology to get people outdoors, to connect people to the world around them," said Rob Pyles, the 30-year old Founder of Boston-based Audissey Guides, who produced the tour. "This audio tour really opens your eyes to things you never knew about the Garden."

How to Get the audio tour
There are 2 ways to get The Public Garden Audio Tour:
1.    Download it for free at http://www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org
2.    Visitors can also rent iPods for $10 at the Swan Boat ticket counter in the Public Garden.

About the Friends of the Public Garden
The Friends of the Public Garden is a non-profit citizen's advocacy group dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Public Garden, Boston Common, and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall. Visit Friends of the Public Garden

About Audissey Guides
Boston-based Audissey Guides creates hip mobile media tours for cool places. For more info or to download a tour, visit Audissey Guides

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