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Move over, Duck Tours — Boston’s other favorite bird-themed vessels will soon be back on the water.
The Swan Boats will take their first trip of the year across the Boston Public Garden lagoon on Saturday morning. To inaugurate the boats’ 142nd season, Mayor Marty Walsh will host the first ride with some help from Boston Public School students, who will join the mayor on the boat.
The students also drew pictures of the boats, which will be selected randomly and displayed in City Hall.
The Swan Boats were designed by Irish immigrant and shipbuilder Robert Paget, and made their first foray into the Boston lagoon in 1877, according to a press release. The Paget family still owns and operates the fleet today.
The Swan Boats will be in operation from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until June 21, 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.
Swan Boats, 4 Charles St., Boston; swanboats.com