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Swan Boats

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Address: Boston Public Garden, Boston, MA 02116
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Grandson really had a good time.

My grandson & I were in Boston on vacation. I made sure he rode the boats. He really like it. I am planning another trip with 4 of my grandsons and we WILL ride the swan boats... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Kathy M
Kansas City, Missouri

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Kansas City, Missouri
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94 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My grandson & I were in Boston on vacation. I made sure he rode the boats. He really like it. I am planning another trip with 4 of my grandsons and we WILL ride the swan boats. Relaxing time.

Thank Kathy M
Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

We arrived before the boat ride opened at 10am. Spent some more quality time with the ducks. Each boat seats 15-20 and is powered and steered by a crew member in a figure eight pattern around the duck pond. The ride lasts about 15 minutes. We did spot turtles and the resident ducks diving for grub. A beautiful, peaceful respite... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

This was part of our Boston GO Pass -- and after a half of day of walking, we were excited to take a break on this Swan Boat. It was such a fun experience. Everyone on the boat were happy and good spirited. There was a guy on our boat who grew up in Boston and never experienced the Swan... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

A simple Boston tradition. A pontoon boat with benches. In the back the operator sits between two large swans, pedaling to move the craft around the lake. A simple, slow way to spend 15 minutes.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

One of the "to do things " in Boston but beware they stop around Labor Day early September .But the Boston Park and Common are well worth a visit and stroll around on the sunny autumn days

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Bristol, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

This is something everyone should do when in Boston. It only takes about 15 minutes and if the lines are not to long, an easy in and out. You are paddled around the lake past landscaped vistas on a pond lined with willow trees. The fee for seniors is only $3.00 a person. The schedule changes after Labor day.

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Reston, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

The boat ride is a mere $3.50; the best value for your buck in the entire city. Is it exciting...no! Is it memorable...not particularly. But is it a pleasant, relaxing time amongst the beauty of the Public Garden...YES! It is old-fashioned and quaint and tranquil. Just do it and you won't be sorry. The line, if any, goes very quickly... More 

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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

Costing just $3.50 this is a great activity for a sunny Boston day. Obviously for that cost don't expect a super long sightseeing boat ride - but do expect a fun, relaxing, beautiful boat ride through the pond. A must-do for anyone strolling through the Public Garden.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

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 

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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.
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