About Riding the Swan Boats:
When guests at our Boston Hotel are wondering what to do in Boston, one popular answer is to stroll around the Boston Public Garden. The Garden was established in 1837, and it is a wonderful reprieve from the hustle and bustle of the City. One feature of the Boston Public Garden that is totally unique is the Swan Boats, and enjoying the simple pleasure of a ride on these iconic little vessels is a must-try Boston Activity.
Many locals remember childhood days spent buying a bag of peanuts for a quarter so they could feed the ducks during their 20-minute ride around the lagoon. While feeding the ducks is no longer allowed, the quiet pleasure of sitting on one of the historical Swan Boats can carry the minds of many back to spring and summer days gone by.
The Swan Boats were introduced to the Boston Public Garden in 1877. To this day the running of the Swan Boats is a family business, and they hire local college students to operate the boats each season. These vessels are operated by pedal power. The pedaling mechanism is hidden by the swan figures. Rows of benches grace each boat.
The Swan Boats play an important role in the much-loved children’s book “Make Way for Ducklings” by Robert McCloskey. A lovely brass sculpture located near the Swan Boats pays homage to this book and its connection to the Boston Public Garden.
There are six Swan Boats in operation today, and some of them have been in operation for more than 50 years. If you want to try this nostalgia-inducing Boston Activity then you will have to book a stay at our Boston Hotel from April through September as that is the only time of year that the Swan Boats run. The Boats run 7 days a week, but they do not operate during rain, heavy wind or excessively hot temperatures.
Take the time to enjoy a ride on the Swan Boats during your next stay at The Boston Park Plaza Hotel – A Boston Hotel.