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Swan Boats

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Address: Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA 02116
Phone Number: 617 522 1966
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Relaxing and cheap!

This was really fun and I would have even done it again if we had more time. These are not individual boats that you paddle yourself though (which is what my kids expected... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Southern New Jersey

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great for little kids especially. Great views of city, park and ducks. Worth the $3.50 for adults. It takes about fifteen minutes. Just a cute tourist thing to do.

Thank Jennifer E
Southern New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This was really fun and I would have even done it again if we had more time. These are not individual boats that you paddle yourself though (which is what my kids expected). It's a fairly long boat with rows of benches and someone sits in the very back and pedals. It was fun going around the pond, seeing many... More 

Thank msp77
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I can't believe it's been in the same family since the 1800's! For that reason alone, we should support it! It's an incredible reminder of the past - the boats are original and exquisite in their truest form of unspoiled history. The ride is the definition of a pleasant experience; a fresh breath calm and quiet :)

Thank jennygwich
San Diego, California, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This afternoon we took a swan boat ride in Boston Commons. It was a beautiful sunny day in Boston - the perfect day to take the 15-minute ride. The boats ran frequently so there was no wait. It was fun to see the ducks and turtles on the one island in the middle of the swan boat pond. I'm glad... More 

Thank Brenda H
Sterling, Virginia
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155 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked past the Swan Boats and just couldn't say no to a ride! It seemed like a longer line, but on watching for a moment, it moved pretty quickly and we weren't there for more than 5 minutes before getting on a boat. The staff was friendly seemed to be enjoying their jobs. Our ride was peaceful and enjoyable.

Thank LoveTrips
North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I first saw the Swan Boats in January 2000. Since then I have dreamed of coming back one day, and riding in the Swan Boats with my own children. That dream came true on Saturday! It was all that I had imagined, and more! Since having my children, we have become very familiar with the adorable children's book "Make Way... More 

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Missouri City, Texas
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59 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is not a big thrill ride. It is just a peaceful ride in the classic swan boats around the pond in the Public Gardens. You will see a lot of ducks and even a few swans and geese along your ride. The best part of the ride is just knowing you are riding something that people have been riding... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Peaceful little boat ride in a beautiful park. Very inexpensive way to enjoy a small part of Boston Common. Very short wait to ride.

Thank Michelle R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I used to take my sons here to ride the boat, 30 years later, now it's my granddaughters' turn. It is happiness in the air

Thank katherinec573
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went recently during a visit home to the Boston area. Did this as a kid and over the years have taken my young children to this great attraction. All the more enjoyable as they know the story "Make Way for Ducklings" so well!

Thank John B

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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.