Swan Boats of Boston

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Swan Boat

What you'll do

If you're looking for fun things to do in Boston, take a leisurely Swan Boat ride.

Experience Swan Boats of Boston with Go City®

  • With us, there are no entry fees on the day – all you've got to do is show your pass.
  • Enjoy a 15-minute swan boat ride on the water.
  • Don't forget to check out the other attractions included with your pass.

Why pick a run-of-the-mill boat when you can hop on a swan and float majestically across a lagoon? It's not a real swan, of course, a boat you can ride with friends while the driver pedals you around.The Swan Boats have been a Boston tradition since 1877 and you can't visit the city without trying them out.

Experience the Boston Swan Boats

Looking for a unique perspective? Take a boat ride in Boston on the iconic Swan Boats. Enjoy a serene glide across the lagoon, in the heart of the Public Garden, the nation's first botanical garden. This cherished tradition is a must-do for every visitor.

How did the Swan Boats Boston rides begin?

The Boston tradition of the Swan Boats dates back to the 1870s when Robert Paget was granted a boat-for-hire license by the city. In 1877, he capitalized on the technology of the newly-popular bicycle and, with the help of others, developed a catamaran that housed a foot-propelled paddle wheel arrangement. To cover the mechanism, Paget suggested a swan, such as the one that guided the knight to Princess Elsa in the opera Lohengrin.

The Swan Boats have become a Boston tradition and are still run by Paget's descendants more than 145 years later. Made famous in stories like Make Way for Ducklings and The Trumpet of the Swan, the Swan Boats are the only vessels of their kind in the world.

Go City the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility when sightseeing in Boston. Your pass includes a Swan Boats of Boston ticket and entry to other top Boston attractions. Pay one low price and enjoy exclusive discounts and cheaper entry prices.

Experience Swan Boats of Boston and many other attractions with the All Inclusive Pass.

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Getting in

Just show your pass on arrival to the Swan Boats of Boston and you're in – there's no need to purchase individual tickets at any of the Boston attractions included on your pass. 

For more information, please visit the Swan Boats of Boston website.


Where you'll be

Operating hours

Weather permitting. The Swan Boats do not operate in rain or high wind.

April 13 through June 20
Daily: 10AM – 4PM

June 21 through September 2
Daily: 10AM – 5PM

Closings & holidays

Please note: The Swan Boats are seasonal and open on the 3rd Saturday of April.

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Plans can change, we get it. All non-activated passes are eligible for a refund within 90 days from your purchase date.

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