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The Swan Boats

Boat or Ferry and Park
Beacon Hill, Boston
  • Bloomingdale's
    "lap around the lagoon"(2 Tips)
    American M.
    "Make Way for Ducklings or The Trumpet of the Swan."(2 Tips)
    Ovgu C.
    "Short boat ride but very relaxing and enjoyable."(2 Tips)
    IWalked Audio Tours
    "Public Garden lagoon."(4 Tips)
18 Tips and reviews
  • gardens
  • lagoon
  • make way for ducklings
  • cute
  • romantic
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  • American M.
    American MensaMarch 12, 2014
    These boats in the Public Garden are über-kid-friendly (read: famous, fun and cheap). Your kids might know them from Make Way for Ducklings or The Trumpet of the Swan. Read more
  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithJune 21, 2013
    Hit an ATM before you get in line (this attraction is cash only), and then relax when you're on the boat. Enjoy this beautiful piece of Boston history.
  • IWalked Audio Tours
    IWalked Audio ToursSeptember 7, 2011
    Join the company of Calvin Coolidge and JFK who have ridden these 800 pound boats that carry 20 passengers in a 15 minute ride (in a figure 8) around the Public Garden lagoon. More info via our blog. Read more
  • Cory O.
    Cory O'BrienSeptember 10, 2012
    Sure, it's a little touristy, but the round trip only takes about 10 minutes, and it's a fun way to relax and see a different side of the Public Gardens.
  • Amber A.
    Amber AmickJune 15, 2011
    Best kid entertainment value in Boston! The $1.25 a tot is especially worth it if he/she is a fan of Make Way For Ducklings - get ready for lots of "Mommy, is that Mr.Mallard?!"
  • Gwen C.
    Gwen CummingsSeptember 4, 2014
    Need a group of 8-10 adults for the boat to go out so if your party is smaller, you may have to wait awhile for other groups to arrive.
  • Bloomingdale's
    Bloomingdale'sAugust 12, 2010
    OK, it’s corny, but a lap around the lagoon is a lovely way to see the fountains and flowers of the Boston Public Garden, with real feathered friends swimming alongside you.
  • David S.
    David SavariaAugust 9, 2014
    Get there early, the line builds quick. Great for the little ones.
  • The Next Great Generation (Boston)
    This rink is a less-crowded alternative right nearby the Frog Pond. The city does not maintain the ice, so the ice isn't very smooth or even, and you'll need your own skates. Read more
  • BU Student Activities
    BU Student ActivitiesFebruary 7, 2012
    Hey BU! Enjoy this classic Boston activity on a lovely spring day! Rides are only $2.75!
  • Philip E.
    Philip EberhardtJuly 27, 2013
    Eat all the things! Especially the honey pork buns
  • Ovgu C.
    Ovgu C. O.November 7, 2014
    Short boat ride but very relaxing and enjoyable.
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca ScottJune 19, 2012
    2.75 for adults!
  • Stephanie
    StephanieMay 23, 2010
    Fun, short boat ride. A sure fire hit with the kiddies. Reasonably priced.
  • endah a.
    endah agustinaMarch 20, 2012
    nice place for a kids,,
  • Penny L.
    Penny LJanuary 30, 2013
    I cant believe they are still around.
  • budi a.
    budi artanaMarch 20, 2012
    hemm nice !!
  • Pao N.
    Pao NavaMay 24
    Lindo y romántico para ir con tu pareja!!
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