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Venue:Swan Boats
Dates:Saturday, April 16, 2022 - Monday, September 5, 2022
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$ see below
Category:Seasonal Fun

swan boat rides photoThe Boston Public Garden is oldest public park in the country, with relaxing swan-boat rides in the park's lake.

With brightly buffed brass and a fresh coat of paint, the Swan Boats reappear in Boston's Public Garden in the springtime.

Each swan holds 20 people so bring the family. Parents can park carriages at the dock.

The Swan Boat ride lasts about 12-15 minutes while the driver pedals you around the Public Garden lagoon. Tickets are purchased at the Swan Boat dock prior to your departure.

Enjoy a peaceful 15 minute paddleboat cruise around the Boston Garden lagoon. The only boats of their kind in the world, inspired by the opera Lohengrin.

Little has changed since they first graced the 24-acre gardens lagoons in 1877. In fact, the boats are operated by descendants of Swan Boat founder Robert Paget. And they are still propelled the old-fashioned way too, by pedal power!

Transportation & Parking
The Swan Boats are located in the Boston Public Garden - 24 acres bound by Arlington, Boylston, Charles and Beacon Streets.

The MBTA Green Line Arlington Station is the closest 'T' stop. From this stop, it is approximately a four minute walk through the Public Garden.

Boston Common Underground Parking Garage on Charles Street is the closest parking garage. Parking meters are available on the surrounding streets. Hotel and other parking garages are also in the area.

HOURS↑ top

Opening day 4/16

Spring (April to June 20)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Summer (June 21 to Labor Day)
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

After Labor Day
Weekdays 12 noon to 4pm Weekends 10am to 4pm

COST↑ top

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


5-starSwan Boats
My daughters love this tradition and look forward to wandering around the lovely gardens afterwards. My late father was a swan boat peddler back in the 50's. We have many fond memories of stories he told and pictures of him peddaling. A great inexpensive way to spend the day in a great city.
5-starSwan Boat Rides
It's beautiful, inexpensive and fun ! Just enough time to keep the attention of three-year olds, too.
5-starSwan Boat Rides
This is an annual tradition for our family. It is such a wonderful step back in time, and the Public Garden in May is absolutely gorgeous. This is a great, cheap, low-key outing for the family.


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