July 16: Heat emergency schedule: 10 am to 3 pm

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Swan Boat on the Public Garden Lagoon

Plan Your Visit

Swan Boats Hours

The Swan Boats operate on a weather permitting basis for safety. They do not operate in rain, high winds, or extreme heat.

July 16: Heat emergency schedule: 10 am to 3 pm

First day of season

Saturday April 13, 2024

Season Schedule

April 13 through June 20

Open Daily: 10:00am – 4:00pm

June 21 through September 2

Open Daily: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Last day of season

September 2, 2024


Tickets are purchased at the Swan Boat dock prior to boarding the boat. No advance reservation or ticket purchase is needed. The ride lasts between 10-15 minutes.

To book a group of 20 or more during the week, visit: Bring a Group

The Swan Boat needs a minimum of 10-12 passengers to provide enough weight to submerge the paddlewheel under the water and allow the boat operator to safely navigate the Swan Boat. 


Adults $4.50

Children $3.00 (age 2-15 years)

Under 2 years rides for free

Seniors $4.00 (age 65+)


Payment may be made with cash or card. 

Getting There

The Swan Boats are located in the Boston Public Garden.

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 Boat dock.

The Boston Common Garage on Charles Street is the closest parking garage. Parking meters with a 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.

Wheelchairs and Strollers

Transferring from a wheelchair to the Swan Boat is an option with staff assistance. Wheelchairs will be stored on the dock while passengers are riding. A non-motorized wheelchair can be placed on the front row of most Swan Boats. Staff will determine if it is safe to do so, and assist with the boarding process. 

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 secured area and passengers are responsible for all belongings.

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.

Park Information

Rest Rooms

The closest public restroom is located in the Boston Common. After you enter the main Charles Street gate, turn left and it is a short walk toward Beacon Street. There are also rest rooms at the Boston Common Frog Pond and at the Boston Common Visitor Information Center

Feeding the Birds

The Boston Parks and Recreation 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.

Wedding and Photography 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.