Swan Boat rides have been a summer tradition in Boston since 1877. One can take a leisurely ride in the Public Garden lagoon.Each boat is a human powered catamaran, and can seat up to 20 passengers. The pedals for the operator are creatively hidden behind swan forms, hence the name swan boat. One can relax and watch the people stroll through the gardens, or cross the bridge on their way to Arlington or Charles Streets.
The fare for a swan boat ride is relatively inexpensive for an urban attraction, and is a great way to spend part of an afternoon on a pretty summer day. There are upscale shops and cafes on nearby Newbury Street, and people often walk the Back Bay section through the Public Garden instead of taking the MBTA Green Line for one or two subway stops. Cheers Beacon Hill is nearby across Beacon Street from the Public Garden.
The Swan Boat ride itself lasts approximately 12 to 15 minutes, and the line or wait time is usually between 5 and 10 minutes.
Saturday, May 8, 2021 to Monday, September 6, 2021
Hours & Fares
Spring (May 8 to June 20):
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Summer (June 21 to Labor Day September 6):
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Children $3.00 (age 2 to 15 years, under 2 free)
Public Garden Lagoon
Arlington Street & Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA
Nearest MBTA: Arlington Station (Green Line)
Walking Directions: Exit the station, the park is visible from any of the subway entrances at street level. Walk down Arlington Street to the entrance opposite Commonwealth Avenue, and enter the garden near the large equestrian statue of George Washington. Cross the footbridge over the pond in the center of the park, and the boathouse is located on the right at the base of the bridge.