The Boston Gardens is a haeven for the city life with its many fountains and gardens. If you find yourself in the gardens on a beautiful spring or summer day you will most definitely see the famous "Swan Boats" located in the lagoon. The sculpture of "Make way for Ducklings" is also located in the garden. According to what I've been told, you will find the world's smallest suspension bridge here as well.
One of the things you'll see as you walk around the gardens are the beautiful Swanboats. They have been part of the garden for a long time. Take a ride on one of these graceful boats and glide along the pond. It will sure to bring a smile on the face of any one.
Prices are as follows Adults $2.75
Children $1.25 (age 2 to 15 years)
Hours of operation:
Spring (April to June 20) 10 am to 4 pm
Summer (June 21 to Labor Day) 10 am to 5 pm
Fall (After Labor Day) 12 pm to 4 pm Weekdays
10 am to 4 pm Weekends
Operating since 1877, the swanboats take you on a 15 minute ride through the pond in the Public Garden. It is surprisingly peaceful, surrounded by ducks and the swans, as the busy traffic speeds close by.
Open from mid-April to mid-September, they run daily, except during bad weather.
Hours are 10-4 through June 21, then 10-5 until Labor Day, then 12-4 through the end of the season.
Fares are $2.50 for adults, $1.00 for children, and $2.00 for seniors.
A trip to the Boston Public Garden just wouldn't be complete without a ride on its ever famous swan boats. Children and adults alike will love the ride around the pond. Be sure to bring some old bread or crackers to feed to the ducks and swans that are bound to be following the boat around.
The Swan Boats will open on Saturday April 19th for the 2008 season and closing on Sunday September 21st for the 2008 season. . Until then hours of operation are 12-4 during the week and 10-4 on the weekends.
The cost per adult is $2.75, $1.55 for children 2-15, and $2.00 for seniors.
Here's a little bit of trivia for you, the swan boats have been floating visitors around the Public Garden pond since 1877, that over 120 years.
A huge misconception about the Boston Public Garden is that it and the Boston Common are part of the same entity, when in fact they are not. The garden came about in 1837 as a result of the swampy area being filled in. The garden is oranmental in design with many different varieties of flowers, trees and other plants. One of the favorite attractions in the garden is the swan boats which have been cruising the garden's pond for more than 120 years.
When I was working as a nanny is Boston's historic district, I used to bring the children here just about every day. We would bring picnic lunches and play games, read stories and walk around the park checking out the plants for hours at a time. One of Stephanie's favorite things was to take a ride on the swan boats. We always made sure to bring extra bread and crackers to feed the ducks and the swans. Be careful when walking close the the pond, there's poop every where. I have two favorite times of year to visit the public garden, Fall because of the beautiful foliage and Spring because of the spring blooms. I used to also come here often on my days off to do some homework in peace. Afterwards I would take a stroll down Charles street and grab a bite to eat and do some shopping in one of its many ecletic shops.
The Boston Public Garden founded in 1837, is a wonderful place for a stroll. The flowers seem to change weekly in the manicured plots. Lots of benches are provided along the winding pathways for taking in the scenery.
The companion to the garden is the Boston Common just across the street on a hill. It's a larger park with wide open spaces.
The Statue is of George Washington on his horse
At the lagoon in the Boston Public Garden you can go for a ride on these unually shaped swan boats. They were not running on the rainy day I visited. Boat rides cost about $2, and take you on a 15 minute trip around the lake.
There are many ducks and waterbirds living at the lagoon. The swans have a protected nest area where for the first time in the parks history we await the arrival of the baby swans. I was told they should be hatching in a week or two!
Hands down my favorite children’s book of all time! Make Way for Duckings is about the adventures of Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their eight ducklings - Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack – as they parade through Boston to their home in the Public Garden.
How fitting that the State of Massachusetts decided to make the book by Robert McCloskey its official children’s book of Massachusetts! The Caldecott Award winning book has been sold to children of all ages since 1942.
In the book, the ducks make their home in the Public Garden near the swan boats. These same swan boats (also found in the book Trumpet of the Swan by E.B. White) are currently in the Public Garden and visitors can take a ride in them.
Today, the book is memorialized by nine little statues in the Public Garden near the swan boats – a statue each of Mrs. Mallard and her little ducklings (not sure where Mr. Mallard is). These statues are low to the ground and a favorite spot for young children to sit on. On the day we were there, a bride and groom had their wedding photos taken while sitting on Mrs. Mallard.
This is just a fun spot in Boston to visit. On a nice day, stroll through the Boston Commons heading south to the Public Gardens. As you near the swan boats, look for all the children – there you will find the Make Way for Ducklings statues.
If you are not familiar with the book, I found this video online which is someone reading the story and shows the pages of the book. The book has wonderful line drawings (done by the author) in it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0fQpliJJQI
On a beautiful spring or summer day, what could be better than to ride in a swan boat in Boston’s Public Garden! Made famous in the children’s books Make Way for Ducklings and Trumpet of the Swan the swan boats have been entertaining young and old since 1870 (very interesting history of the boats on their website below!).
The boats are paddle driven – pedaled by the driver who sits in the back of the boat inside the swan.
Today, children of all ages can ride the boats from April to September. The costs are $2.75 for adults and $1.50 for children for a 15 minute ride – purchase tickets at the boats as there are no advance reservations.
Travel details: The Swan Boats are located in the Boston Public Garden - by Arlington, Boylston, Charles and Beacon Streets. The MBTA Green Line Arlington Station is the closest "T" stop. From this stop, it is approximately a four minute walk through the Public Garden. Boston Common Underground Parking Garage on Charles Street is the closest parking garage. Parking meters are available on the surrounding streets.
Boston Public Gardens and Boston Common. An absolute MUST see park. This near 50-acre park is the oldest public park in the United States of America. It is a thriving green haven from the modern high rise office towers that shelter its borders. Historically, in 1830 cattle grazed upon its pastures, and up until 1817 it was used for public hangings. Prior to the revolution the British camped on Boston Common and left from here to face the colonial resistance at Lexington and Concord in April 1775. It is bordered by Tremont, Beacon, Charles and Boylston Streets.
In late spring/early summer, both swans and swan boats are returned to their respective landscapes.
Park Rangers patrol on horseback.
Public Garden - facing Hancock Tower (tallest office building in Boston) is highly recognizeable by the tremendous number of blue windows which illuminate the city skyline in a vast, ever-changing display of reflected brilliance. One walk around this mighty structure is not enough, and, for those seeking lofty gains, the Hancock Observatory is a pinnacle. I prefer even more bang for my buck, and the Prudential Tower just a few blocks away provides both a formal drink, a 'best of Boston' dinner, dancing, and a 'high point' to one's palate. The city views are just astounding from the top floor 'Pru' restaurant called Top of the Hub, and is again, a must see experience for all tourists. Before or after dinner, both Copley Square shopping and Mall are all accessible from inside the Prudential Center. Business Travellers are apt to find their next meeting a few steps away in the Hynes Auditorium and Conference Center.
Unfortunately, in my photo (a cold/windy day in March), the swan boat ponds look rather gloomy. Even the willow trees looked weeping. But did you notice the bulbs in the soil? :)
A lovely respite on a hot day and home to the famous swan boats. I took the "T" from the museum to one stop beyond Copley to walk a bit in the Boston Public Gardens. I wanted to visit the "Make Way for Ducklings" sculpture, but it was hot and my feet were tired so I only made it as far as the bridge. There was a lot of activity, including a father & son feeding the ducks and the tourist-laden swan boats.
Not to be missed at the Public Garden is the sculpture of a duck family by Nancy Schon - a mother duck and her brood of eight ducklings. The sculpture is inspired by the homegrown children's 1940s picture book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. The story's main plot revolves around two Mallard ducks - Mr and Mrs Mallard - who decided to raise a family at the lake in Boston's Public Garden (from an island on the Charles River). The book continues to be printed to this day, with over two million copies sold as of 2003. It has put Boston in the minds of children (and their parents) throughout the world - in way the Kennedy's perhaps couldn't.
Perhaps because of the cute plot and perhaps as a grateful gesture for introducing Boston to children around the world, the city has completely embraced the ducks which had become a sort of cultural icon in posters and billboards.
Boston's tribute to the country's first president is the Public Garden's centerpiece - a bronze statue of George Washington mounted on a horse by Thomas Ball. The statue, which sits on a solid granite base, was dedicated in 1869 and is considered one of the finest memorial statues in Boston.
As the Public Garden's centerpiece (some would argue this honor goes to the Public Garden lake), it becomes a focal point for photo taking opportunities for tourists and locals alike, especially against the backdrop of Boston's gorgeous fall foliage.
Boston's Public Garden was established in 1837 when philanthropist Horace Gray helped set aside land as the first public botanical garden in the United States. The area is fullof plants trees, stues, monuments and a variety of activities throughout the year. A popular summer activity is to ride on the Swan boats.
My last visit to Boston was during the winter. The park had plenty of snow on the ground and it was beautiful. I love snow and taking a nice walk in winter is one of my favorite activities. On this recent walk we came upon a statue of a Duck with Ducklings which we found looked amusing set against the snowy backdrop. The sculpture is called: Make Way for Ducklings by Nancy Schön.