"The Swan Boats" Public Garden Tip by sarahandgareth

Public Garden, Boston: 55 reviews and 134 photos

  Swans, both real and boat
by sarahandgareth

The swan boats are touristy, of course, but we'd hesitate to call something so locally beloved a tourist trap. And really, you could do a lot worse with your $2. You get a leisurely 15-minute figure-of-eight around the lagoon - with the boat propelled by the pedaling of a usually youthful driver.

The swan boats have been around since 1877, and there's something undeniably fun about peeling back the years, to childhood memories of simple kiddie-rides, as well as to the more genteel pursuits of the Victorian era. We were persuaded on to the boats, but half-way through realized that we were having much more fun than we expected - or were willing to admit. There's a good echo when you go under the bridge, too: try it out!

Address: Boston Public Garden
Directions: Look for the lake - and then for the boats!
Phone: 617-522-1966
Website: http://www.swanboats.com/

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  • Written Jun 3, 2004
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