Swan Boats in Boston Public Garden

Photo of Swan Boats in Boston Public Garden

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)

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