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Cruising on Pedal Power
There is no better way to spend a lazy summer's afternoon than gliding around the lagoon in Boston's Public Garden on the swan boats. Owned and operated by the Paget family for 130 years, the swans were inspired by a medieval German opera in which a knight is drawn across a river to defend the honor of his love. While the boats continue to be a popular setting for lovers (and the occasional marriage proposal), they are more often occupied by families with children in search of Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack, and Quack—the hapless ducklings made famous in Robert McCloskey's classic children's book, Make Way for Ducklings. The boats are a seasonal pleasure and provide treasured memories for generations of local families, as well as a highlight for the many visitors for whom a trip around the lagoon is a fantastic Boston experience.
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