Opening Day for Swan Boats 2019
|Official Website:||Opening Day for Swan Boats 2019|
|Location:||Boston Common - Boylston, Boston, MA map|
|Dates:||Saturday, April 13, 2019 - Saturday, April 13, 2019|
|Hours:||11:30am - 4:00pm|
|Ages:||Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults|
|Cost:||$ see below|
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.
2019 marks the 143rd season for the Swan Boats. The oldest and smallest boat in the fleet just celebrated its 108th 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 twenty 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.
For more information, please visit the Swan Boats of Boston online at www.swanboats.com or call (617) 522-1966.
Adults $3.50 Children $2.00 (age 2 to 15 years) Under 2 yrs. Free Seniors $3.00
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