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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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Type: Tours
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

The swan boat tours are a lovely way to enjoy the Boston green space and at $3 a ticket very cheap! Must be done as part of any Boston trip!

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New Milford, New Jersey
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

After taking the duck tour we found out that that Swan Boat has been run by the same family for four generations and that it's a must do if you are in Boston. So, we decided to take the ride. You can get lucky and find the meter parking. If you are visiting Boston bring plenty of Quarters.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is a sweet thing to do if near the Public Garden in Boston. It only costs $3, and I think kids would like it. I would say it lasted about 10 minutes, and while it seems short, I wouldn't want to be the guy paddling the boat - just saying :)

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Santa Monica, California
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53 reviews 53 reviews
30 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It's amazing all the history Boston strives to preserve and this is yet another wonderful link to the past. The swan boats are relaxing and its fun to just look around at the beautiful Commons. I loved all the ducks too! Just $3!

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London, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
19 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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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326 reviews 326 reviews
168 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

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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20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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