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Address: Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA 02116
Phone Number: 617 522 1966
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Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Simple Fun

Went to Boston Common for Mother's Day and went on the Swan Boats with two of our grandchildren. It was just a fun day and brought back memories of bringing my own children many... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Bellingham, MA
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Bellingham, MA
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Went to Boston Common for Mother's Day and went on the Swan Boats with two of our grandchildren. It was just a fun day and brought back memories of bringing my own children many years ago. It is exactly the same, not very expensive and very relaxing atmosphere. The kids were fascinated watching the ducks, ducklings and we got to... More 

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Fort Mill, South Carolina
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11 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The swan boats in Boston never disappoint. The staff is friendly, the line moves fast and in May the views were gorgeous. Everything was in bloom. Great place to people watch and relax.

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Rochester, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Cheaper than a cup of coffee and more relaxing. Wonderful way to spend 30 minutes with someone you like. Nice way to see the Boston Common in nice weather.

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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244 reviews 244 reviews
91 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

The Swan Boats are uniquely Boston and it's fun to watch how the peddlers take a shorter route in the early part of the Season and hug the shore lines once their thighs and calves acclimate! A delightful and peaceful ride with multiple views every few seconds, the $3 price is an absolute steal.

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Canandaigua, New York
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25 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

For $3.50 this is one of the silliest, most iconic things you can do in Boston and in the Common. The boat rides are short and don't go far (which is probably good since the kids in the back and powering them with bicycle pedals!) but on a warm day it is the perfect thing to do.

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18 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This has to be one of the best tourist values ever. The chance to sit back and watch the City roll by as someone pedals the Swan Boat is a real treat. The Public Garden is a beautiful gem in the middle of Boston and this is a great way to enjoy the Garden. There are usually ducks, turtles and... More 

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Wisconsin
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66 reviews 66 reviews
31 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

$3.00 - really?! What a delightful way to enjoy the green space in the city. Lots of photo ops and a leisurely ride. The tradition of these boats goes back at least 4 generations.

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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121 reviews 121 reviews
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014 via mobile

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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