The swan boats return to the Boston Public Garden

The Swan Boats take folks on a leisurely trip on the lagoon in Boston’s Public Garden. (photo courtesy iStock)

After a year’s break due to the coronavirus pandemic, the swan boats have returned to the Boston Public Garden. Last year was the only time the boats did not operate since the Paget family started the rides here in 1877. The oldest swan boat in the fleet is 111 years old.

Masks are required. Passengers are spaced safely apart on the boats and in line.

The rides last from 10 to 15 minutes. A driver pedals the boats around the lagoon. The typical wait to board the boats is from five to 10 minutes.

Spring hours run through Sunday, June 20. They’re Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. From Monday, June 21-Labor Day, the boats run daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., weather permitting.

Tickets are available at the swan boats dock, and cash and credit cards are accepted. Prices are $4.50 adults, $4.00 seniors, and $3 children from ages 2 to 15. Children younger than 2 can ride for free.

The Swan Boats’ address is 4 Charles Street, across from the Boston Common. The closest T stop is Arlington on the Green Line, which is served by the B, C, D, and E trains. Plan your trip on the T.

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A Swan Boat in the lagoon at the Boston Public Garden (photo courtesy iStock)

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