Enjoy the Great Outdoors this Spring with These Iconic Boston Attractions

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With spring in the air, it only make sense that many traditional Boston icons will soon be open for business as they provide you with the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Here is a look at just a few of the fun attractions that will be opening soon.

The Greenway Carousel

Located at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove, the one-of-a-kind Greenway Carousel features 34 seats featuring a wide variety of hand-carved animals. Among these are a fox, cod, lobster, turtle, peregrine falcon, whale, skunk, oarfish, harbor seal, owl, rabbit, butterfly, squirrel and a grasshopper. Designed to be accessible to individuals with disabilities, the carousel can be enjoyed at a price of $4 per ride or $25 for a pack of 10.

The exact date for the opening of the Greenway Carousel has yet to be announced, but it generally opens in early April. The Greenway also features two food vendors while restrooms are located on the 1st floor of the nearby Marriott hotel and the lower level of the Central Market Building of Fanueil Hall Marketplace. The carousel itself can be founded across from the Boston Marriott Long Wharf. The Blue Line/Aquarium is the closest T station.

Boston Common Carousel

Located across from the Beacon Street, the colorful Boston Common carousel is also likely to open in early April and remain open through October. Built in 1947 by the Allen Herschell Company of North Tonawanda in New York, the 20-seat carousel features a teacup, a frog, horses and other animals. The Allen Herschell Company produced more than 3,000 hand-carved wooden carousels throughout its history.

Once it is reopened, the carousel is likely to be open from Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am until 8:00 pm. Tickets for the carousel are $3 each or $25 for a 10-ride card. One adult can ride for free if standing next to their child.

The Swan Boats

The swan boats at Boston’s Public Garden will also be opening in April. Dating back to the 1870s, the swan boats started when Robert Paget was granted a boat for hire license by the City of Boston. Paget and others introduced a new kind of boat in 1877. Inspired by the popularity of bicycling, he created a catamaran with a paddle wheel arrangement that was propelled by foot. Due to his familiarity with the opera Lohengrin, which is an opera based on a medieval German story in which the knight of the Grail crosses a river in a boat that is drawn by a swan, Paget developed the swan idea to cover the captain.

Until the 1940s, both row boats and swan boats operated together in the Public Garden. Today, the fourth generation of the Paget family continues to operate swan boats in the Public Garden. Rides can be enjoyed at a cost of just $3 per adult, $2.50 for seniors and $1.50 for adults between the ages of 2 and 15.

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