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Swan Boats of Boston tickets

Gate Prices Adult $3.50
Child (3-12) $2.00

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!

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.

The Go Boston Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Your pass includes Swan Boats of Boston tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.

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Included Swan Boat ride with the Go Boston Card


Opening day: Saturday, April 18. Closing day: Sunday, September 20.
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


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


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.

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

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Go Boston Card

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