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Swan Boats of Boston

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This attraction is seasonal and may be closed during your visit. Please verify when this attraction is open in the getting in tab below.

The Swan Boats of Boston

The Boston Swan Boats are one of among the most iconic sites in the city. The pond and the boats are found in Boston's gorgeous public gardens, which many Bostonians consider their favorite part of the city.

In the springtime when the weather warms up, you can spot students, kids and families lounging in the grass, enjoying the beauty of the Swan Boats in the Boston Public Gardens, bordering the beautiful neighborhoods of Beacon Hill and the Back Bay!


Opening day: Saturday, April 19. Closing day: Sunday, September 21.
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
Fall (After Labor Day) Weekdays, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Weekends, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Please note, Go Boston Card holders may enter this attraction until closing or 5:30pm, whichever comes first.


September 21–April 18 and during inclement weather and extreme heat. May be closed major U.S. holidays.

Redemption Instructions

Included Swan Boat ride with the Go Boston Card


Located in the Boston Public garden, bounded by Arlington, Boylston, Charles, and Beacon Streets.
Boston, MA 02116

Public Transportation

Take the T: Green Line to Arlington stop.

The Boston tradition of the Swan Boats dates back to the 1870s when Robert Paget was granted a boat for hire. In 1877, he capitalized on the technology of the newly popular bicycle and with the help of others, developed a catamaran that housed a foot-propelled paddle wheel arrangement. To cover the mechanism, Paget suggested a swan, such as the one that guided the knight to Princess Elsa in the opera Lohengrin.

The Swan Boats have become a Boston tradition and are still run by Paget's descendents more than 130 years later! Made famous in stories like Make Way for Ducklings and The Trumpet of the Swan, the Swan Boats are the only vessels of their kind in the world.

Save on admission to the Swan Boats, plus Boston's top museums, sights, and tours all for one low price with the Go Boston Card!

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Peaceful ride
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Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations The Swan Boats of Boston:

this was a sweet 15 minutes of peacefullness in the middle of the city...

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  • Seasonal
  • Good for families
  • No parking available
  • No restaurant or snack bar
  • No restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations not required

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At a Glance


Located in the Boston Public garden, bounded by Arlington, Boylston, Charles, and Beacon Streets.
Boston, MA 02116

Phone: (617) 522-1966

Website: www.swanboats.com

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