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Where to Find the Best Views in Boston

Where to Find the Best Views in Boston

Boston’s historic harbor, leafy parks, and skyscrapers provide a picturesque backdrop for visitors throughout the year. From sightseeing cruises around the city’s naval yards and waterfronts to fall foliage tours around its parks, here are some ways to soak in the best views in and around Boston.


Harbor Cruises

For the best vantage point over Boston Harbor, hop aboard a sightseeing cruise to glide by the historic USSConstitution, the tall-masted Tea Party Ships, and picturesque waterfront and skyline. The options are numerous, from dinner cruises aboard modern motor cruisers to trips on 1920s-style yachts with live music or sunset cocktails served onboard.

 

Boston Skywalk Observatory

Ride the elevator up to Boston’s Skywalk Observatory for 360-degree views over the city from 700 feet (213 meters) above the street. Take in the panoramas—on a clear day they can stretch as far as 100 miles (161 kilometers)—and use the audio-guide handsets to identify and learn about the different sights.

 

Fall Foliage Tours

Boston and the wider New England region are famous for their autumnal displays, when trees and forests burst into vivid golds, oranges, and reds. Sign up for a fall foliage tour that takes you deep into New England to see the colors, or pedal around Boston’s parks to admire the city’s homegrown display.

 

Boston Duck Tours

Enjoy views of Boston on land and then from the Charles River courtesy of a tour on the Boston Duck. Step aboard the amphibious, World War II–inspired craft, and after splashing down into the river, soak in unobstructed panoramas of Boston’s and Cambridge’s sights from the water.

 

Whale-Watching Cruises

The seas off Boston attract migrating humpback, minke, pilot, and other species of whales from April to October, offering the chance of once-in-a-lifetime sightings. Book one of the many whale-watching trips that leave during the season, and with luck, enjoy unforgettable views of these gigantic mammals in their natural habitat.

 

Niagara Falls Tours

Boston is a great jumping-off point for visiting Niagara Falls—one of the world’s most powerful sets of waterfalls. Grab the opportunity to see its crashing cascades on a day trip by air, which includes a ride on the famous Maid of the Mist sightseeing boat for incredible, close-up views.

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Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

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Experience the best of New England’s marine wildlife on this guided whale-watching cruise around the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Hop on a high-speed catamaran that gets to and from the whales in the least amount of time possible. See humpback and fin whales, plus Atlantic white-sided dolphins with the help of a naturalist guide. The on-board galley offers food and beverages for purchase during the trip.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Boston Classic: Duck Boat Sightseeing Tour

Boston Classic: Duck Boat Sightseeing Tour

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Hop into a duck boat—renovated World War II amphibious vehicle—for a comprehensive tour of Boston. Pass Boston Common, Quincy Market, and the Celtics' home turf at TD Garden. Then splashdown into the Charles River for a view of the city by boat. Learn all about Boston's history and landmarks as you go.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
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Boston Odyssey Dinner Cruise

Boston Odyssey Dinner Cruise

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Try a unique alternative to a typical night out in downtown Boston with an exciting dinner cruise along the city’s waterfront. This 3-hour expedition on Boston Harbor features a three-course meal with live entertainment and dancing. Watch the sun set, then take a stroll under the stars and enjoy the view of the illuminated Boston skyline at night or head to the dance floor for music and fun in the ship’s nightclub. Bring that special someone or a whole group of friends for a night to remember.
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  • 3 hours
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Boston to Niagara Falls Self Guided Day Trip by Air

Boston to Niagara Falls Self Guided Day Trip by Air

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Escape the city on a day-long Niagara Falls adventure from Boston by air. Take in views of rural New England during the 60-minute flight, then touch down for a day of exploring, shopping and dining. Feel the spray from the deck of the Maid of the Mist cruise, and watch the powerful river slip beneath the hull. Enjoy VIP seating and a 2-course lunch at Tony Roma's, then see the town’s museums, boutiques and historic landmarks at your own pace before returning to Boston.
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Boston's Emerald Necklace Guided Bicycle Tour

Boston's Emerald Necklace Guided Bicycle Tour

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Discover Boston’s fall beauty on this guided, 4-hour, small-group bike tour around the North End of the city. Explore the historic Emerald Necklace, a 1,100-acre chain of parks linked by parkways and waterways in Boston and Brookline. Visit the shaded boulevard on Commonwealth Avenue, the shores of Jamaica Pond, and the popular, winding paths of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Also, see the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston’s newest public park; the famous Charles River Esplanade; the Boston Common and Public Garden and much more.
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  • 4 hours
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Boston Harbor Holiday Brunch Cruise

Boston Harbor Holiday Brunch Cruise

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Combine an indulgent brunch with a sightseeing boat tour on this two-in-one festive outing. Meet at Rowes Wharf, and hop aboard the Northern Lights: a 1920s-style yacht. Over the course of several hours, you’ll see landmarks ranging from the Seaport District and USS Constitution to Sea Castle Island and beyond. You’ll also enjoy a 3-course holiday brunch menu and can even warm up courtesy of the onboard hot chocolate bar.
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  • 2 hours
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