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Swan Boats of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts

Public Garden, Boston, Massachusetts

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  • Visited: 2014-10-01
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Love the Swan Boats

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The cost is $3.00 for adults and $1.50 for kids.

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  • Visited: 2012-08-01
  • Submitted: 2012-10-31 20:24:08.0
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Peaceful and enjoyable for the whole family, an inexpensive break from the bustle of the city!

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Avoid the hottest part of a summer day for the most enjoyable experience.

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Submitted by: Leslie L.

I brought my Little Sister to this on the last weekend it was available to the public for the season.  She's from Boston but had never even seen the boats. We got there nice and early on a Saturday morning and got a front seat.  It's just a quick, cheap, fun way to enjoy the park and the water.  There were even some real legit white swans on the pond with us!  Bonus! Keep your eyes peeled on the little island in the middle for the turtles that walk up the little ramp there from the water.   It was so cheap, hey why not!  I'd say the age at which a kid might be "bored" with this is maybe 11 or 12.  My Little is 9, but I think if she were any older, it might have been a little "dull" for her. Staff was pleasan...

Submitted by: Jill F.

So cute. So cheap. 15 minutes of your day. A must-do for out-of-towners... Not going to lie, it took me 3 years to finally do it, I'm glad I did. Taking a Swan Boat ride is an effortlessly beautiful way of enjoying ...

Submitted by: K G.

Very relaxing and very beautiful!  It's a must do for all ages and you c...

Submitted by: Maria A.

Back in August 2010, I went to Boston for a few days.  After doing some research, I really wanted to check this out; hey, I'm a tourist after all, right? After strolling through the park, which was very lovely, finally came up to the Swans Boats.  It was such a beautiful day, and the line was very long - lots of families.  I remember waiting only for about 15 minutes, which isn't bad at all.  It only costs $2.75 per person - fantastic!! The person operating the boat was pedaling, which I thought was pretty cool.  The scenery was really beautiful.  It was a slow and relaxing right around the pond.  Got to see two swans in the bond - beautiful!! Honestly, I'd give it 2 and a half stars, if I could.  However, i...

Submitted by: Jason K.

My wife and I had the Boston Go card and this was part of it and we had some time to kill before a tour. You get in a big swan boat and take you around a big pon...

Submitted by: Jack M.

Sort of lost their flair over the years. If you try riding this with kids, they'll hate you for it.  To them, it's boring.  You're also right out in the baking sun on this boats with the wate...

Submitted by: ashley m.

Nice, relaxing ride around the pond in Boston Commons. It's a little cheesy, but we...

Submitted by: Lindsay H.

As a child I always read the book ''Make Way For Ducklings'' by Robert McCloskey, I never realized the book was based on a real pond and real swans/ducks until I moved to Massachusetts about a year ago. So while my mother was in town and we were trying to find our way to Newbury street we happened upon the Boston Common and the pond where the swan boats are. Because we're rather ignorant to the city, we both thought the big duck tour amphibious vehicles that drive around the city were the ones that went in the pond... but upon closer inspection of the pond we realized those would not fit. The pond is pretty small, it's broken in half by a walking bridge where people will peer down at you once you hop into th...

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