The Swan Boats at Boston Public Gaden
The Swan Boats have operated on the lake of the Public Garden in Boston, Massachusetts since 1877 and provide a leasurely 15 minute ride on the lagoon. Robert Paget created the first iconic swan boats in 1877, reputedly inspired by Wagner's Lohengrin. The oldest of the six boats in service date back to 1910 and 1920 respectively.
About the Public Garden: The Garden was established in 1837 when philanthropist Horace Gray petitioned for the use of land as the first public botanical garden in the United States. Grey helped marshal political resistance to a number of Boston City Council attempts to sell the land in question, finally settling the issue of devoting it to the Public Garden in 1856. In October 1859 Alderman Crane submitted the detailed plan for the Garden and construction began quickly on the property, with the lake being finished that year and the wrought iron fence surrounding the perimeter erected in 1862.
The 24 acres landscape, which was once a salt marsh, was designed by George F. Meacham. The paths and flower beds were laid out by the city engineer, James Slade and the forester, John Galvin. The plan for the garden included a number of fountains and statues. The first statue erected was that of Edward Everett by William Wetmore Story in November 1867 on the north part of the Garden near Beacon Street. The bronze statue of George Washington by Thomas Ball which dominates the west side of the park was dedicated on 3 July 1869. The signature suspension bridge over the middle of the lake was erected in 1867. (information from Wiki)