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Swan Boats, Boston

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The Swan Boats are a fleet of pontoon pleasure boats which operate in a pond in the Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Swan Boats have been in operation since 1877, and have since become a cultural icon for the city. They operate beginning the second weekend of April and ending the third weekend in September. Robert Paget first created the Swan Boats in the Public Garden in 1877, after seeing the opera Lohengrin with his wife Julia Paget. Inspired by the knight's gallant rescue of the damsel by riding a swan across the lake, Paget decided to capitalize on the recent popularity of the bicycle and combine the two, designing a two-pontooned boat with two wooden benches and a brass seat on top of a paddlebox concealed by a swan. The driver would sit inside the swan and pedal passengers around the pond.
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  • AS FERRIS BUELLER NEVER SAID: “EVERY NOW AND THEN, YOU JUST GOTTA SAY, WHAT THE HECK”. I’m not a swan boat person. But having read about it in a SPENSER Boston-based novel, I thought when I came...  more »
  • It is not that long of a trip around the pond, the line moves quickly and it is a wonderful nostalgic additional to your day. This is fun for families, romantic couples or just someone that wants a.....  more »
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  • Being a local resident from Boston I always enjoy coming here on a nice day. All the nice trees and flowers add to an amazing view of the city of Boston. It's great to have a walk with nature in the middle of a busy city. Great place to also have a picnic with the family. Also great place for pictures!
  • I walked by the water late one night and saw one of the swan boats rise up out of the water on its own. When I looked closer, the boat was resting on the muscular back of a huge, vaguely-human like creature that was carrying a club made out of a fire hydrant and had a shopping cart full of boulders strapped to its back. I ran for my life and didn't look back...

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