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Swan Boats of Boston

July 10, 1935: A group of boys watched and waved at the riders on the Swan Boats at the Public Garden.
William J. Ennis/Globe Staff
July 10, 1935: A group of boys watched and waved at the riders on the Swan Boats at the Public Garden.

The Swan Boats are a welcome sight every spring. This Boston icon has been gracing the Public Garden for more than 130 years. The Paget family started the tradition and still operate the business. The many photos in our archives illustrate how treasured the boats are to Boston. People on land and on water are pictured enjoying the ride and the scene. One can’t imagine overlooking the lush lagoon without the majestic swans floating serenely through the water.