Swan Boats

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© Steve Garfield

What child could resist sitting in a swan? A part of Boston tourist history, these odd watercraft were created by designer Robert Paget in 1877, when the swan-drawn boat in the opera Lohengrin was a tad more familiar. Contemporary kids are more likely to know about Robert McCloskey's classic book Make Way for Ducklings, in which the Mallard family decides to move to Boston Pond, lured by the peanuts tossed by swan boat riders. (The Mallards also feature in an annual Duckling Day parade in mid May; see www.friendsofthepublicgarden.org.) You'll spend 15 minutes cruising around the small lagoon, amid the ducks and willows, as your children play at being swashbuckling pirates.

Venue name: Swan Boats
Contact:
Address: Public Garden
Boston

Cross street: at Arlington Street
Opening hours: 10am–4pm daily (April-June 20). 10am–5pm daily (June 21-August 31). Noon–4pm Mon-Fri; 10am-4pm Sat, Sun (September)
Transport: Green line to Arlington or Red line to Park Street
Price: $3.00; $1.50 reductions
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