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Opening Day for Swan Boats 2024

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Venue:Swan Boats
Dates:Saturday, April 13, 2024 - Saturday, April 13, 2024
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$ see below
Category:Special Events

opening day for swan boats 2024 photoMayor Michelle Wu, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Paget family will host the first ride of the season on the popular Boston Swan Boats as they open for the 2023 season at the Boston Public Garden lagoon on Saturday, April 13, at 11:00am

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
2023 marks the 146th season for the Swan Boats. The oldest and smallest boat in the fleet just celebrated its 113th 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 will return to the Public Garden Lagoon in the spring, with Mayor Wu 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 or call (617) 522-1966.

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11:00am 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

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Adults $4.50 | Children $3.00 (age 2 to 15 years) | Seniors $4.00 | Under 2 yrs. Free



Boston Common - Boylston, Boston, MA map
Phone: 617-522-1966


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