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Swan Boats

Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA 02116 (Beacon Hill)
617 522 1966
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Ranked #26 of 140 Activities in Boston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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London, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

By all means visit Boston common when your are in the area. Its is a wonderful park that has a unique experience- the Swan Boats. Very relaxing ride through the ponds completes the experience and enhances the natural beauty.

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Claremont, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This was a nice way to both enjoy the beauty of the gardens and a piece of living history. The price was right - only $9 for my family of four.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This was our last stop on our weekend vacation. It was a relaxing ride and very reasonable. The kids liked it, but said it was "boring" compared to the duck ride. There are even real swans and ducks swimming in the water. It might have been nice if the captain could have given a brief welcome/history of the swan boats.

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Chicago, Illinois
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We were spending the last few days of an East Coast trip in Boston..this is a very affordable respite after a lot of walking...boats are quiet as they are powered by pedals...moves slowly thru the Boston Public Gardens..definite must do..lines do move quickly...

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Lovely last treat in Boston. Saw the two real swans while riding on Swan boats. A lovely gentle ride and wonderful end to the day. A true must while in Boston.

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Perry, Georgia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Cool experience riding the boat. Actual Swans and many ducks on the river. The Staff was Not all that friendly. Only $7.50 for 3 people.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

The Swan Boats cost $3.00 for adults, $1.50 for kids & $2.50 for seniors. Well priced for everyone, especially families. The lines move quickly. There are 6 Swan Boats, the oldest was built in 1918. It is only a 10 - 15 minute ride around the lagoon and Duck Island. Romeo & Juliet, the resident swans are in the lagoon... More

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NEWBRUNSWICK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

At 3$ each this is certainly a deal. One of the swan drivers pedals- yes pedals the historic swan boat around the lake. We had close up encounters with swans, and ducks and baby ducks- precious! Since we are book lovers the Make way for Ducklings tribute was a must see after the boat ride and the gardens very well... More

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Bedford, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We were lucky to find no queues on a lovely sunny day in Boston. After a lot of walking it was great to relax and glide peacefully over the water on these historic Swan Boats. At $3 each, I think it's well worth it to experience such an iconic attraction. The ride on the lake does not last that long... More

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McPherson, KS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Wow! Where else can you experience such peace and beauty for only $3.00? We also liked seeing the duck sculptures from the book "Make Way for Ducklings." The gardens are just lovely - enjoy a stroll and sit down and relax for a while.

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