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Saturday, Apr 13, 2024 10:00a -
Monday, Sep 02, 2024 5:00p

Boston Public Garden
Boston Public Garden
Boston, MA

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Opening Day: Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 10am

The Swan Boats are a fleet of pontoon pleasure boats which operate in a pond in the Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Swan Boats have been in operation since 1877, and have since become a cultural icon for the city.

First day of season

Saturday April 13, 2024

Season Schedule

April 13 through June 20

Open Daily: 10:00am – 4:00pm

June 21 through September 2

Open Daily: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Last day of season

September 2, 2024


Tickets are purchased at the Swan Boat dock prior to boarding the boat. No advance reservation or ticket purchase is needed.

The Swan Boat needs a minimum of 10-12 passengers to provide enough weight to submerge the paddlewheel under the water and allow the boat operator to safely navigate the Swan Boat. 

Adults $4.50

Children $3.00 (age 2-15 years)

Under 2 years rides for free

Seniors $4.00 (age 65+)

Getting There

The Swan Boats are located in the Boston Public Garden.

The MBTA Green Line Arlington Station is the closest train stop to the Boston Public Garden. From this stop on the corner of Arlington and Boylston Streets, walk across the street and into the Public Garden. It is about a four minute walk to the Swan Boat dock.

The Boston Common Garage on Charles Street is the closest parking garage. Parking meters with a 2-hour maximum are available on the surrounding streets. On Sundays, parking meters are free. Hotel and other parking garages are also in the area.

Wheelchairs and Strollers

Transferring from a wheelchair to the Swan Boat is an option with staff assistance. Wheelchairs will be stored on the dock while passengers are riding. A non-motorized wheelchair can be placed on the front row of most Swan Boats. Staff will determine if it is safe to do so, and assist with the boarding process. 

Strollers may be folded and taken on the Swan Boat or left on the patio in front of the dock. The patio is not a secured area and passengers are responsible for all belongings.

Animals and Pets

For the safety of our passengers and the wildlife in the park, we do not permit animals to ride the Swan Boats.

Service dogs are allowed for those who require their support and we ask that you identify your service dog to management upon arrival.

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