There is no more relaxing way to enjoy the natural beauty of Boston than with a boat ride around the Public Garden lagoon. This tradition began in 1870, when the first boat for hire license was granted to Robert Paget, a local entrepreneur. Inspired by the German opera Lohengrin, where a medieval knight crossed a river on a boat drawn by a swan to defend a princess, Paget brought Swan Boats to Boston. Ever since, these historic vessels have been gracing the lagoon's waters, operated by descendants of the original founder. Today these pedal boats, powered by the captain, are an iconic symbol of the city, and give you a chance to step back in time for a unique way to experience Boston.
* Each swan boat ride lasts 12-15 minutes and you don't need to book in advance. The typical wait for a ride is no more than 5-10 minutes.
* The swan boat season runs from April through September, and open every day, weather permitting.
* Swan boat captains pedal up to 7 miles on a busy day, and each boat can carry up to 25 passengers.
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