Swan Boats in Boston Public Garden Open Saturday April 16

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Celebrate Spring and join Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh in welcoming the Boston Swan Boats back to the Public Garden lagoon at 10 am on Saturday, April 16. The Mayor will host the first ride of the popular Boston family attraction.

“We are proud to celebrate the 140th year that the Swan Boats have brought joy to the Public Garden and millions of residents and visitors since they were first launched,” said Mayor Walsh. “I’m pleased to join the Paget family and local schoolchildren for this historic ride around the Public Garden lagoon as we open the Swan Boats for another season.”

The first rider is thanks to the Paget family, owners and operators of the Swan Boats, first launched by Irish immigrant and shipbuilder Robert Paget. Mr. Paget designed the Swan Boats after attending the opera Lohengrin in New York City. At the end of the opera, the hero crosses a river in a boat drawn by a swan.

Students from Roxbury’s Ellis Mendell Elementary School and Higginson/Lewis K-8 School will join the Mayor on the first ride. Students have been working on pictures of the Swan Boats for art class. Some of their work will be on display at Boston City Hall.

2016 is the 140th season for the Swan Boats. The oldest and smallest boat in the fleet just celebrated its 105th season, while the newest was launched in 1993. The swan on today’s boats is made from either copper or fiberglass, depending on the age of the boat, and encloses a paddle mechanism that is used to foot propel the boat through the water.

Fully loaded, each Swan Boat weighs three tons and carries up to twenty passengers. The Swan Boats are built on oak framed pontoons sheathed in copper just as they were initially constructed in 1877. After being stored in a safe place for the winter, the boats are returned to the Public Garden Lagoon in the spring with Mayor Walsh and his young guests celebrating the first ride of the season.

For more information, please visit the Swan Boats of Boston online at www.swanboats.com or call (617) 522-1966.

If you go:
Boston Swan Boats
4 Charles Street (Boston Public Garden)
Boston

Be sure to check up to date hours and ticket prices.

Spring Hours are 10 am to 4 pm

The Swan Boat ride lasts about 12-15 minutes while the driver pedals you around the Public Garden lagoon. Tickets are purchased at the Swan Boat dock prior to boarding the boat. The wait for a ride is typically no more than 5-10 minutes.

Adults $3.50
Children $2.00 (age 2 to 15 years)
Under 2 yrs. Free
Seniors $3.00

Review of Big Apple Circus Boston

To save 20% per order for select performances, use the code BIGAPPLE* when buying tickets online at http://www.bigapplecircus.org/ and at the box office.*Limited availability. Offer good on select seats and shows. Other conditions apply. Children under 3 are free on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap.

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Our family was recently a guest of our friends at the Big Apple Circus that arrived in Boston last weekend and will be hanging around City Hall Plaza through May 8th.

This year’s circus’ theme is called The Grand Tour and is a wonderful trip across the world and back portrayed in circus acts that range from funny to breathtaking.

Back again for the fourth season is Ringmaster, John Kennedy Kane.

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Have children (or adults) in your family that are scared of traditional clowns? THIS is the circus for you. The clowns this year are portrayed by Joel Jeske (who also wrote the show) and Brent McBeth. Here’s a photo of them.

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The Big Apple Circus has a little bit of everything — animals (trained dogs, horses, and ponies), jugglers, aerialists and other circus artists.

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One of the most breathtaking moments was performed by the Dominguez Brothers in a contraption called the Wheel of Wonder. It involved lots of edge of your seats awesomeness.

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If you are looking for great family friendly fun in Boston, Big Apple Circus is honestly one of the best things we go to each year.

Neat things about the Big Apple Circus:

  • There’s a live band for every performance.
  • Some of the shows will offer pony rides during intermission and/or after the show for $10. (Not all shows.)
  • There is fun interaction with the audience.

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And Big Apple Circus doesn’t just come into town and leave. While they are here, they offer special sensory friendly performances. They also take clown doctors to visit sick children at Boston Childrens Hospital. You get a sneak peek during the show of a fun act they take into the hospital.

If you go…
Big Apple Circus
City Hall Plaza
Boston

To save 20% per order for select performances, use the code BIGAPPLE* when buying tickets online at http://www.bigapplecircus.org/ and at the box office.

*Limited availability. Offer good on select seats and shows. Other conditions apply. Children under 3 are free on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap.

All Photos Courtesy of Maike Schulz for Big Apple Circus.

Big Apple Circus Arrives Back in Boston on March 24th

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A sure sign of spring, the Big Top is going up in Boston’s City Hall Plaza! Step right up as the Big Apple Circus returns to town with the Boston premiere of The Grand Tour, the company’s 38th season production. The show runs from March 24-May 8, 2016.

The Grand Tour transports audiences to the Roaring 1920s, the advent of the modern travel era, when the most adventuresome began touring the world in ships, planes, trains, and automobiles. With every seat less than 50 feet from the stage, audiences will be awed by the world-class entertainers as they perform breathtaking acts from the four corners of the globe.

Clowns, jugglers, acrobats, and aerialists from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North and South America appear with ponies, puppies and more; the troupe sets off on a whirlwind adventure, accompanied by the live, seven-piece Big Apple Circus Band at each performance.

Tickets starting at $25. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.bigapplecircus.org. Thanks to our friends at Big Apple Circus, Family Friendly Boston readers have access to a special rate discount and a chance to win a set of tickets for Sunday, March 26th. Information on both offers are below.


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To save 20% per order for select performances, use the code BIGAPPLE* when buying tickets online at http://www.bigapplecircus.org/ and at the box office.
*Limited availability. Offer good on select seats and shows. Other conditions apply. Children under 3 are free on the lap of a paid adult, one child per lap.

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Free Children’s Winter Festival at Boston Common on School Vacation Week THURSDAY

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NOTE: Boston Parks has just announced a date change due to forecasted weather on Tuesday. This event will now take place on Thursday.

Boston Parks and Recreation Department will be bringing the annual Children’s Winter Festival to Boston Common during school vacation week on Thursday, February 18 (THIS IS A DATE CHANGE), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Among the attractions will be Snowzilla, a three-story-high inflatable snow tube slide, and SnowGlobe Live!, a 15-foot-tall snow globe that allows participants to step inside for winter wonderland photos.

In addition, the Highland Street Foundation is sponsoring a week-long Winter Camp at the Boston Common Frog Pond with free skating and rentals for all ages from Monday, February 15, through Friday, February 19. For more information on the Winter Camp skating, please visit www.highlandstreet.org.

The festival will also feature a DJ from Magic 106.7, an appearance by the L.L.Bean Bootmobile, and refreshments from Essentia Water, DAVIDsTEA, and Dunkin’ Donuts. The L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School will present activities including, weather permitting, their Snowshoeing Discovery Course, a fun and easy way to try out the sport with expert instructors who will lead an easy guided trek through Boston Common. Snowshoes will be provided and participants should wear weather-appropriate clothing and winter or hiking boots.

For more information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at (617) 635-4505, visit www.cityofboston.gov/parks or go to www.facebook.com/bostonparksdepartment.

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