Plan your visit

Transportation and Parking

The MBTA Green Line Arlington Station is the closest “T” 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 are available on the surrounding streets. Hotel and other parking garages are also in the area.

Bringing a Group

Group rates are available on weekdays for groups of 20 or more who arrive together and make a single payment. Groups join the same wait line with all other passengers so please plan for a wait of approximately 10-20 minutes. Please add your group to our list and receive further details for your visit by using our Online Group Booking system.

Adults $3.50
Children $2.00 (age 2-15)
Under 2 yrs. Free

Book Your Group

Rest Area

There are no public rest rooms in the Boston Public Garden. The closest rest room is located in the Boston Common at the Frog Pond refreshment area approximately 5 minutes walking distance from the Swan Boats.

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.


617-522-1966 – General Information


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

Donation Request

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.