The Swan Boats have plied the waters of the Public Garden since 1877, offering a welcome break from the citys hustle and bustle. The scenic, 15-minute ride takes visitors around the gardens lagoon. Large, fiberglass swans conceal pedals that propel the water craft by paddle wheel. Benches lined up in front of the super-sized swans can accommodate up to 20 passengers per ride. Purchase tickets at the Swan Boat dock. The boats do not operate in rainy, windy, or extremely hot weather.
Enter Public Garden on Boylston or Arlington streets, 617-522-1966, www.swanboats.com, adults $2.75, seniors $2, 2-15 $1.50.
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