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Swan Boats

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All reviews classic boston ride lasts about minutes quiet ride public gardens per adult duck unique experience great for kids an absolute boston commons all ages beautiful park boston history paddle fun pedaling activity
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Reviewed 4 September 2018

This is the cheapest day-date in town at $4pp for adults; also awesome for a family activity at $2.50 per child. We go every summer and it never disappoints. It is a short ride but a beautiful atmosphere. An absolute MUST for spring and summer...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank RobinHorrigan
Reviewed 31 July 2018

The swan boats have been there forever and is just a true staple in Boston. I think we paid $4.00 each adult ticket and it's worth it. It's just a quick ride around the public gardens, but you will see all the ducks and swans...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank TLVento
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

This is a great fun area to explore. Last time I was there they released the real swans for the spring which was neat to see. Seeing the swan boats out on the water is just one of those great Boston moments.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank mfbarthe
Reviewed 23 July 2018

The 10-15 minute ride around one of the ponds in the Boston Public Gardens is ok for the youngsters. I had more fun standing on the bridge watching the poor girl paddle her legs like crazy to propel the boat.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Mike353632
Reviewed 19 July 2018 via mobile

If you get the Go Boston pass it’s included so you must check it out.. it’s a short ride around a pond but the park where it’s located is beautiful!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank 882jeffreyw
Reviewed 16 July 2018

This was a fun thing to do. I can't believe I never tried this before. It was fun to go around the pond and see the ducks and swans and the people. I recommend doing it once.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank clarinetjpc
Reviewed 5 July 2018

The swan boats were available through our Go Boston tickets. Children love the boats and adults get to enjoy the beautiful views. We were impressed that these are the original swan boats from the 1800’s and that they are completely powered by humans pedaling!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank FecFam
Reviewed 3 July 2018

We went on one of the last rides of the day because it closed earlier than we thought it would. Make sure you check the hours before going. They have been there forever and are such a tradition that I think they are a must...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank amyw2012
Reviewed 1 July 2018 via mobile

Long lines due to number of school trips so we had to come back another time Short ride but a good excuse to sit and watch the world go by. Good value

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank CakeMum
Reviewed 30 June 2018

If you're in Boston, this is a must-see attraction. Ever since I read The Trumpet of the Swan as a young child, I have wanted to see the Swan Boats. It took about 35 years, but I made it! It's a fun, relaxing trip around...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank cheeseheadfamilyof4
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16 August 2018|
Response from Mike353632 | Reviewed this property |
No, the season ends on Labor Day.
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10 August 2018|
Response from TLVento | Reviewed this property |
October is a great time to go to Boston so assuming they will be open. I think we paid $4 or $6 per adult
4 July 2017|
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I'm not sure.