The Swan Boats return to the Boston Public Garden this weekend

The first ride will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

Boston's Swan Boats return this weekend. Mark Wilson / The Boston Globe

Boston’s iconic Swan Boats return to the Boston Public Garden lagoon for the 143rd season on Saturday.

Mayor Marty Walsh will join area school children on the first ride of the season at 10 a.m.

The Swan Boats, designed by Irish immigrant and shipbuilder Robert Paget, have been in service since 1877, and they’re still owned and operated by the Paget family today. The boats, which carry up to 20 people, are open every day when in season, weather permitting.

You can ride the boats from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until June 20, at which point they will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day. A 12- to 15-minute ride around the lagoon is $4 for adults, $2.50 for children ages 2-15, and $3.50 for seniors. Kids under age 2 ride for free.


Swan Boats, 4 Charles St., Boston;