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Swan Boats

Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA 02116 (Beacon Hill)
617 522 1966
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Ranked #26 of 138 activities in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Annapolis, Maryland
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84 reviews 84 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Be prepared to wait and there are NO bathrooms anywhere close by! It's a fun little ride to take and a must do while in Boston. Kids will love it and make sure you read the book beforehand.

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El Paso, Texas
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60 reviews 60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

After reading the history of the Swan Boats existing in business for over 120 years with the same family running it, we knew we had to experience this unique attraction. The line went quickly and the 15 minute paddle ride around the pond in Public Garden is beautiful, slow-paced, and relaxing. The views are fantastic of toney penthouse gardens overlooking... More

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Warren, New Jersey, USA
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We got there 10 minutes before 10am, the line already started. They only started three swans at 10am even though there are six of them, so if you get there later, the line will just get longer and longer. It's relaxing to enjoy the little lagoon in a busy city for 15 minutes, but that's about it. The price is... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Swan Boats are a visit to a bygone era. Put this on your list if you visit the city on a beautiful Spring or Summer day. Kids love them and you will always remember it.

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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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59 reviews 59 reviews
38 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The swan boats are located in the public garden. The $3 fee is definitely a bargain! We got there shortly before 10am when they opened and got on the first swan boat. There was a very long line by the time we were done with our 15 minutes ride. It was well worth the $3, but it wouldn't be worth... More

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Denver, Colorado
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85 reviews 85 reviews
22 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Its fun - you gotta do it. Take the entire fam to the Boston Public Gardens, lasts about 15-20 mins. Peaceful, relaxing, worth it.

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Jacksonville, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We loved the ride, even the 9 and 11 year olds enjoyed it. Small fee but worth the relaxing time spent on the pond.

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Massachusetts
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76 reviews 76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Swan Boats are quintessential Boston. Family owned and human powered boats in the Public Garden lagoon. A wonderful way to relax for 5 minutes in the busy city. Read "Make Way for Ducklings" before you go to truly enjoy the ride. I find an "excuse" to do this once a year. Even if there is a line it moves... More

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Illinois
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103 reviews 103 reviews
49 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

We loved our little swan boat ride! We only waited about 5 minutes on a Sunday at noon for a ride. It was a beautiful day and the setting was serene and picturesque. A must do while visiting Boston!! Also probably one of the most reasonably priced things we did on our 9 day vacation.

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Port Neches, TX
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98 reviews 98 reviews
26 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

After 2 locals telling us about these boats and a long day walking the city we decided to take a ride on the swan boats. It was a peaceful trip around a beautiful park.

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