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Address: Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA 02116
Phone Number: 617 522 1966
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How can you visit Boston and not take a ride on the Swan Boats? It's enjoyable, relaxing and everyone enjoys this pleasurable ride.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 17, 2015
Deborah K

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

How can you visit Boston and not take a ride on the Swan Boats? It's enjoyable, relaxing and everyone enjoys this pleasurable ride.

Thank Deborah K
Maple Grove, Minnesota
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38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

My wife and I remember reading this book to our kids many years ago. They remember as well and it very nostalgic to take this human powered Swan ride.

Thank Bill P
Boerne, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Found ourselves in the vicinity of the boat ride and decided to do it. Was cheap and the ride was nice but it doesn't last long. There were several small kids on the boat and they really enjoyed it. Was pretty hot that day sitting in the boat. It would have been nice if the poor guy who had to... More 

Thank Jackie F
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34 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

While in Boston this is a must for families. These paddle boat rides designed like swans was the most relaxing ride ever. You walk through the park and come upon a pond where the ducks, geese, and swans are basking in this oasis in the middle of the park. For $2 you get about a 15 minute paddle ride around... More 

1 Thank Norm G
Portland, Maine
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

A friend and I rode on the Swan Boats recently during my day trip visit to see him. I hadn't been in about 20 years, and was happy to see the still-low cost of $3.50 per adult. The boats are well-maintained and the young bucks and gals who run them were friendly and helpful. They take you for about a... More 

Thank James F
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

A very gentle and quick trip on the Swan boats, but worth it nonetheless for the money. It feels special, traditional, and is very pretty. Worth it if you're passing by.

Thank kellywebblamb
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The boats were open so we hopped on and enjoyed the ride around the pond . . . seeing all the birds and ducks was fun. We only had to wait about 2 minutes for our boat to get enough people to depart.

1 Thank haduty
Kingston, Massachusetts
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51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

There is nothing that can compare with the Boston Swan Boats in the Public Garden. These sedate sturdy boats provide a gentle relaxed ride from one end of the pond around and back again. The view from the pond while riding is absolutely beautiful. You may be escorted by the many ducks or swans that are nesting on the pond's... More 

1 Thank H3222MYdonnam
Landenberg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The boat ride is very relaxing and the view is pretty and the price affordable. One of the things to do in Boston with family.

Thank FamilyVaca12
malvern, worcester, uk
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68 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Bit of Fun on a sunny afternoon, Nice short trip on an old pedal swan boat, Ticket prices aren't much.

Thank RichardWiggett

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Staying in Downtown

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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.