Swan Boats

Drift across the Public Garden Lagoon with Swan Boats! Started in 1877, Swan Boats have operated as a family run business for 140 years, and has become a Boston landmark. Groups will board the swan boat, and relax on its benches as it glides over the Public Garden Lagoon. Swan Boats operate from April through September. Groups of 20 or more can take advantage of special discounted rates on weekdays.

Contact Info
Address: 4 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02116. Sussex County. Tel: 617-522-1966. Web: www.swanboats.com. Hrs: Mon.-Fri. 12-5PM, Sat.-Sun. 10AM-4PM, April through September. 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Cost: Fee. 

Boat Excursions Fun Facts

Did you know a boat can be built out of concrete and it will still float? As long as a boat is lighter than the water it displaces, it will stay above water.

What makes a boat move through the water? Throughout history, boats have been powered by wind, propellers, oars, motors, paddles, and ocean and river currents. Sailboats, which have been around for 5,000 years, can reach speeds of over 47 knots (about 54 mph) from wind power alone!

The next time you take your campers on a boat, ask the crew how the boat’s construction helps it transport people and things across bodies of water, and what power sources it uses.