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Swan Boats in Boston Are Just Ducky

Swan Boat ride at the Boston Public Garden, Boston MA

Swan Boats of Boston

A 15-minute Swan Boats in Boston ride through the Public Gardens area in Boston, Mass., is a wonderful low-cost spring and summer travel attraction that has taken on a legendary and beloved status for residents and visitors.

The timeless joy of riding on a boat with plastic but rather charming-looking large swans while viewing the lush, green 24-acre Public Garden makes for a classic Boston family tourist destination. The boat rides date back to 1877, have a one-of-a-kind look, and are still operated by pedal power!

Good news for 2019 Boston travel: the Swan Boats of Boston reopened for the season on Sat., April 13, with spring hours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.!

After taking a Swan Boat ride, the great experience continues at the Boston Public Garden as it is a virtual oasis (and walker’s delight) with its fountains, flower beds and trees. It’s a beautiful area and free to walk around.

The good news is that the Swans Boats of Boston 2018 season is now open through Sept. 15 and at such traditionally affordable prices: $3.50 for adults, $2.00 for children ages two-15 and seniors $3.00. Kids under two get free admission!

We recommend calling ahead at 617-522-1966 to ensure weather conditions have not postponed the Swan Boats Rides.

Swan Boats of Boston is a grand local tradition in the heart of Boston.

Spectacular Boston views can be seen during a Swan Boats of Boston ride.

For more information, log onto the Swan Boats of Boston Web Site. Enjoy — we love  the Swan Boats and think you will, too!

Swan Boats in Boston, Massachusetts

Swan Boats: a most popular Boston attraction!

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