Opening Day for Swan Boats 2021
Mayor Kim Janey is pleased to announce that the popular Boston Swan BoatsBoston Swan Boats will open for the 2021 season at the Boston Public Garden lagoon on Saturday, May 8, at 10 a.m.
In keeping with current health guidelines masks are required and passengers will be safely spaced both in line and on the Swan Boats.
Masks are required and we will limit the number of passengers on each boat to maintain safety protocols.
The Swan Boats operate on a weather permitting basis for safety. They cannot operate in rain, high winds or extreme heat.
Launched in 1877 by Irish immigrant and shipbuilder Robert Paget, the Swan Boats continue to be owned and operated by the Paget family.
About the Swan Boats of Boston
2021 marks the 144th season for the Swan Boats. The oldest and smallest boat in the fleet just celebrated its 109th season, while the newest was launched in 1993.
The swan on today's boats is made from either copper or fiberglass, depending on the age of the boat, and encloses a paddle mechanism that is used to foot propel the boat through the water.
Fully loaded, each Swan Boat weighs three tons and carries up to 20 passengers. The Swan Boats are built on oak framed pontoons sheathed in copper just as they were initially constructed in 1877.
After being stored in a safe place for the winter, the boats are returned to the Public Garden Lagoon in the spring with Mayor Walsh and his young guests celebrating the first ride of the season.
This annual rite of spring is made possible thanks to the Paget family, owners and operators of the Swan Boats first launched by Irish immigrant and shipbuilder Robert Paget.
Mr. Paget designed the Swan Boats after attending the opera Lohengrin in New York City. At the end of the opera, the hero crosses a river in a boat drawn by a swan.
For more information, please visit the Swan Boats of Boston online at www.swanboats.com or call (617) 522-1966.
10:00am Grand Opening
11:30am - 4:00pm
Spring Hours – May to June 20
Friday, Saturday & Sunday
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Summer Hours – June 21 to Labor Day
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Adults $4.50 | Children $3.00 (age 2 to 15 years) | Seniors $4.00 | Under 2 yrs. Free
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