This certificate may be used for 4 adults or children and must be shown at the ticket desk prior to boarding the Swan Boat.
Back in the 1870s, the City of Boston granted a "boat for hire" license to Robert Paget. At that time, rowing small boats across the Public Garden's lagoon was a favorite activity of many Bostonians.
Paget, whose descendants still own and operate the Boston Swan Boats business, decided to introduce anew kind of pleasure boat based on catamarans powered by a foot-propelled paddle wheel mechanism. In effect, Swan Boats are operated somewhat like bicycles . . . except that they float in the water, lack wheels, and carry about 20-25 passengers. Inspired by Lohengrin, a popular opera by Richard Wagner in which swans pull a boat carrying a knight on a mission to rescue a beautiful maiden, Paget decided to camouflage his boat operators with the shape of a much-larger-than-life swan made from copper.
From April through much of September, Boston's swan boats glide across the Lagoon in the Public Garden, just as they have every year since 1877.
You'll see plenty of mallard ducks, the little island made famous by Make Way for Ducklings, and perhaps even a stately pair of beautiful real swans.
If you're visiting Boston or need a relaxing break, the swan boats should be near the top of your list if you want to capture the essence of the city. After plying the water for 140+ years, they're a Boston cultural icon and they're also one of the best rides in town!
The Swan Boat ride lasts about 12-15 minutes. Tickets are purchased at the Swan Boat dock prior to boarding the boat. No reservations are needed. The wait for a ride is typically no more than 5-10 minutes.
Expires Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2020
A 5% fee, not to exceed $25 total, will be added to the winning bid to aid in covering auction costs.
Company One stores data...
Your support matters, so Company One would like to use your information to keep in touch about things that may matter to you. If you choose to hear from Company One, we may contact you in the future about our ongoing efforts.