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Plan your visit

Transportation & Parking

The MBTA Green Line Arlington Station is the closest train stop to the Boston Public Garden. From this stop on the corner of Arlington and Boylston Streets, walk across the street and into the Public Garden. It is about a four minute walk to the Swan Boats dock.

The Boston Common Garage on Charles Street is the closest parking garage. Parking meters with 2-hour maximum are available on the surrounding streets. On Sundays, parking meters are free. Hotel and other parking garages are also in the area.

Bringing a Group

Group rates are available on weekdays only for groups of 20 or more who arrive together and make a single payment at the time of the ride. No prepayment is required or accepted due to our weather dependent schedule. Groups join the same wait line with all other passengers so please plan for a wait of approximately 10-20 minutes. Once you add your group to our schedule, you will receive a confirmation email with additional details for your visit. Online Group Booking system.

Group Rates:

Adults $4.00
Children $2.50 (age 2-15)
Under 2 yrs. Free

Please use this link to book your group:

Book Your Group

Rest Rooms

The closest public rest room is located in the Boston Common. After you enter the main Charles Street gate, turn left and head towards Beacon Street. There are also rest rooms at the Frog Pond refreshment area and at the Visitor Information Center near Tremont Street.

Special Needs and Strollers

Wheelchair access is an option on most of the Swan Boats for a non-motorized wheelchair on the front row. Swan Boat staff will assist with the loading and unloading process.

Service dogs are permitted on the Swan Boats.

Strollers may be folded and taken on the Swan Boat or left on the patio in front of the dock. The patio is not a secure area and we are not responsible for its safety, but most people leave strollers in that area.

Feeding the Birds

The Boston Parks Department restricts the feeding of all birds in the Boston Public Garden to maintain the health of the wildlife and the cleanliness of the Public Garden lagoon. Our two resident swans, Romeo and Juliet are fed each day by the City of Boston Animal Care personnel.

Animals and Pets

For the safety of our passengers and the wildlife in the park, we do not permit animals to ride the Swan Boats. Service dogs are allowed for those who require their support and we ask that you identify your service dog to management upon arrival.

Photography and Wedding Requests

The City of Boston’s beautiful parks and gardens offer space for small weddings and photographs. These events require a permit issued by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.


617-522-1966 – General Information


Mailing Address
Swan Boats, Inc.
PO Box 301487
Boston, MA 02130

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