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Address: Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA 02116
Phone Number: 617 522 1966
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Still a Nice Experience on the Cheap

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Portland, Maine
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320 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 126 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 

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London, United Kingdom
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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.

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Texas
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

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Kingston, Massachusetts
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

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Landenberg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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.

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malvern, worcester, uk
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59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 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.

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United States
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Every spring I wait for the boats to be put back into the pond, which symbolizes spring has arrived. I have been on the boats countless times and I still enjoy just as much as I did the very first time.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The minuscule cost and quick circle around in the historic swan boat was perfect for the occasion. The staff was extremely pleasant, considering they were teenagers or young college students. On a scorching summer day, the ride at a crawling speed within the Boston Public Garden kept my children quietly occupied. The local ducks were bathing and two swans were... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The Swan boats in Boston Public Garden are a 139 year old tradition not to be missed. It is not a thrill ride, you will not get splashed, your adrenaline will not be pumping - but it is a lovely ride around the lake.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I could see where one could be bored but if you don't expect to be entertained and look at it as a relaxing activity that is a traditional Boston activity, it is beyond pleasant. With the boat moving so slowly, I was able to view the Boston Garden and take it all in, while imagine the ducks from one of... More 

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