Woo hoo!, the good weather is finally here and one of Boston’s most iconic activities is opening for the 2017 season. The Swan Boats open at 11:30 am on Saturday April 15th for the 141st season.
Boston Swan Boats history:
The Swan Boats first launched in 1877 by Irish immigrant and shipbuilder Robert Paget. They are still owned and operated by the Paget family today.
The oldest and smallest boat in the fleet just celebrated its 106th season, while the newest was launched in 1993. The swan on today’s boats is made from either copper or fiberglass, depending on the age of the boat, and encloses a paddle mechanism that is used to foot propel the boat through the water. Fully loaded, each Swan Boat weighs three tons and carries up to twenty passengers. The Swan Boats are built on oak framed pontoons sheathed in copper just as they were initially constructed in 1877.
The Swan Boats are a great, affordable, family friendly activity. Tickets are just $3.50 for adults and $2 for children 2-15. You can find more information here. If you like this, you might also like to find out about more FREE and Cheap Things to do in Boston–might be some ideas for how to spend some time during April vacation.