Swan Boats

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Swan Boats information

Boston , USA
Public Garden
Getting there
Bostont: Arlington
More information
adult/child $3.50/2
Opening hours
10am-5pm Jun-Aug, to 4pm mid-Apr–May, noon-4pm Sep
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A relic of Boston’s bygone days, a ride on the swan boats offers 15 minutes of serenity.

On the tranquil lagoon of the Public Garden, the story of the slow-going swan boats goes back to 1877. Robert Paget developed a catamaran with a pedal-powered paddlewheel. Inspired by the opera Lohengrin, in which a heroic knight rides across a river in a swan-drawn boat, Paget designed a graceful swan to hide the boat captain.

While today’s swan boats are larger than the 1877 original, they still utilize the same technology and they are still managed by Paget’s descendants.