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Boston Harbor: Our most recommended tours and activities

Boston: Historical Sightseeing Cruise

1. Boston: Historical Sightseeing Cruise

Board a sightseeing cruise in Boston and take a tour around Boston Harbor. Experience breathtaking views, refreshing sea breezes, and vividly told stories of Boston's past and present as you admire the city's sights from the water. Depart from Long Wharf, then Cruise past the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned US Navy warship afloat today, marvel at the Bunker Hill Monument, and catch a glimpse of the fabled Old North End Church steeple. Hear heroic tales told by expert narrators and learn about local legends from the Revolutionary War. You'll also discover how the harbor was transformed into one of the cleanest waterways in the country. Enjoy the best view no matter the weather, with spacious outdoor viewing decks when the weather is fine, and indoor spaces with large windows if you want to be indoors. Onboard refreshments and snacks are also available for purchase.

Boston: Hop-on Hop-off Old Town Trolley Tour

2. Boston: Hop-on Hop-off Old Town Trolley Tour

Enjoy a hop-on hop-off tour aboard Boston’s charming orange and green Old Town Trolley and visit more than 100 points of interest in the city at your own pace. Enjoy the freedom to hop on or off all day and discover sights like the Boston State House, Liberty Wharf, and the Charlestown Navy Yard. Take in double-decker height views while protected from the elements. The comfortable enclosed trolleys allow you to experience elevated viewing come rain, snow, or shine. Choose between 1-day and 2-day ticket options with free unlimited re-boarding. The Boston Trolley tour covers all the major areas including downtown, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the theater district, and the waterfront. Conductors narrate the tour, offering a fun mix of trivia and humorous stories. There are 14 stops conveniently located close to over 100 points of interest in Boston, these are: • Stop 1: New England Aquarium/Faneuil Hall Marketplace • Stop 2: Historic North End • Stop 3: USS Constitution/Charlestown Navy Yard • Stop 4: North Station/TD Bank Garden • Stop 5: Old State House * Stop 6: Beacon Hill/Antique Row • Stop 7: Cheers Bar "The Original" • Stop 8: Prudential Center/Skywalk Observatory (Currently closed due to construction) • Stop 9: Christian Science Plaza/Symphony Hall • Stop 10: Copley Place Shopping Galleries • Stop 11: Copley Square/Trinity Church • Stop 12: Old Town Trolley Welcome Center • Stop 13: Boston State House/ Boston Common/Beacon Hill • Stop 14: Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum (discounted admission included)

Boston: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on Boston Harbor

3. Boston: Buffet Lunch or Dinner Cruise on Boston Harbor

Admire the sights of Boston with a 2-hour lunch or 3-hour dinner cruise on Boston Harbor. Savor an extensive buffet aboard the Spirit of Boston, and visit any of the 3 climate-controlled decks to watch the city glide by. Upon arrival, receive a personal greeting and have your photo taken by the ship's photographer to capture the memory. After being seated at your private table, feast on your lunch or dinner buffet consisting of creative meals prepared fresh daily. While you eat, listen to tunes from an onboard DJ. After your meal, go out on deck for panoramic city views. SAMPLE BUFFET MENU Salads Caesar Salad Romaine Lettuce | Aged Reggiano Parmesan Cheese | Herb Croutons Bow Tie Pasta Salad Scallions | English Cucumbers | Roma Tomatoes | Dill & Mustard Vinaigrette Vegetables, Potatoes, and Pasta Roasted Broccoli Florets, Creamed Corn and Cheddar Cheese Casserole, Mashed Potatoes Entrees Baked Ziti Pasta, Oven-Baked Atlantic Flounder, Filet Honey, and Sesame Chicken, Italian Beef Meatballs, Braised Beef Short Ribs Desserts Seasonal Spirit Dessert Display Please note that menu items are subject to change.

Boston to Salem 1-Way and Round Trip Ferry Tickets

4. Boston to Salem 1-Way and Round Trip Ferry Tickets

Spend more time sightseeing and less time traveling with a fast ferry ticket to Salem from Boston, or vice versa. Available as a 1-way or round-trip option, the hassle free journey takes a relaxing hour each way. Hop aboard at Boston’s Long Wharf, and in less than an hour you’ll be museum hopping and sampling the specialties of local chefs in Salem’s quaint neighborhoods. Discover unique boutiques for shopping and more. If you are staying in Salem but want to explore Boston, the fast ferry can speed you to Beantown in no time. Upon arrival, take a cruise along the Charles River, see all the monuments from the birth of America, or go for a walk on Boston Common. Forget the hassle of driving, finding a parking place, and driving back after a long day sightseeing and shopping. Let the ferry take the frustration out of your day. This service is seasonal and operates from May to October. Departure Times (schedule subject to change) May 14–October 31 2022 Round trip daily Boston-Salem-Boston: • From Boston: 9:30 AM, 11:45 AM • From Salem: 4:00 PM One way daily: • From Boston: 9:30 AM, 11:45 AM, 2:30 PM, 5:30 PM • From Salem: 7:00 AM, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM, 4:00 PM June 23–October 31 2022 - extra ferries are as follows: One way: • From Boston: 8:30 PM only on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays• From Salem: 7:00 PM only on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays

Boston: Afternoon Sailing Trip Around Boston Harbor

5. Boston: Afternoon Sailing Trip Around Boston Harbor

Embark on a scenic sailing trip on board an authentic tall ship in Boston Harbor. Sailing offers a great family-friendly way to see Boston from a new viewpoint. Choose between a 1.5-hour sail on the Liberty Star or a 2-hour sail on the Liberty Clipper. Hop on board and be transported back to the time when the tall ships would come in from the Old World. You can help set the sails, take the wheel, or sit back and enjoy the passing scenery of the Boston Harbor and the surrounding islands with the city skyline as a backdrop. The Liberty Clipper is a 125-foot gaff-rigged schooner designed after early American privateers. There is a cash-only bar on the ship with beer, wine, mixed drinks, sodas, bottled water, and snacks available. The Liberty Star is another gaff-rigged schooner modeled after 19th-century vessels that were once known for their speed and agility. The vessel offers a similar taste of what it was like to sail the magnificent ships that were once a common sight in every port. 

Cape Cod Fast Ferry from Boston: One-Way or Round Trip

6. Cape Cod Fast Ferry from Boston: One-Way or Round Trip

This summer, forget about Cape traffic and parking hassles when you set sail aboard Boston's first, fastest, and most luxurious ferry to Provincetown and Cape Cod. Enjoy historic and scenic sites on the Provincetown ferry, while relaxing in the refreshing sea breeze as we whisk you away to the restaurants, beaches, shopping, and nightlife unique to Provincetown and the Outer Cape. And with cushioned airline and booth style seating, air-conditioning, free onboard WiFi, an audiovisual system with satellite TV, full cash bar, and food, getting there is half the fun.

Boston: Harbor Sunset Yacht Cruise

7. Boston: Harbor Sunset Yacht Cruise

Embark on a sunset yacht tour of Boston Harbor. Step aboard the classic Northern Lights yacht, a coast guard certified vessel with a captain and crew. The motor yacht Northern Lights is stylized after the classic New England 1920s-style steamships. Sit back and relax in a climate-controlled (with heating and air-conditioning) cabin, or enjoy the sea breeze on the open-top deck. Be sure to visit a fully stocked bar on the main deck to purchase refreshments by credit card, to sip refreshing drinks as you cruise along the harbor. The Northern Lights yacht is one of the most comfortable and versatile cruise vessels in Boston Harbor, at 115 feet in length it features six bathrooms and provides ample seating throughout the ship for up to 149 passengers. Built for taking groups of people on spectacular sightseeing adventures, she is the perfect vessel for taking groups of friends and family out to see the harbor.

Boston: Harbor Champagne Sunset Sail from Rowes Wharf

8. Boston: Harbor Champagne Sunset Sail from Rowes Wharf

Embark on a sightseeing sunset cruise on Boston harbor and soak up the views of the famous skyline. Admire city highlights, including the Inner Harbor Islands and the Boston Fish Pier.    Board an elegant sailing yacht, the ' Adirondack III.' Travel in style on a classic 80 foot pilot schooner that is comfortable and spacious. Glide smoothly over the water and have the option of purchasing a refreshing drink at the onboard bar. Admire views of the historic scenery of Boston Harbor as you pass by the Boston Fish Pier and the Moakley Federal Courthouse at Fan Pier. Capture pictures of Castle Island and the Donald McKay monument. Cruise through the Inner Harbor Islands. Step back in time as you cruise by the historic Charleston Navy Yard. Go by the lush greenery of the Waterfront Park and take in the modern architecture of buildings like the New England Aquarium. Take a selfie in front of the Boston skyline. Have your questions about the sights and history of Boston Harbor and its surrounding areas answered by the attentive crew. Hear facinating facts and old-time legends about the maritime world of Boston. Return to your meeting point at the end of the tour.

Boston Harbor Fall Foliage Weekend Brunch Cruise

9. Boston Harbor Fall Foliage Weekend Brunch Cruise

Capture the unique colors of fall on the Boston Harbor Islands while hearing stories about pirates and ghosts that haunt the islands. Find out how the islands have played an integral role in fortifying Boston in every war from the Revolutionary War until World War II.  Enjoy panoramic views of Boston Harbor with the decorative colors of fall and see historic sites along the harbor. Keep an eye out for harbor seals in early spring and fall, cormorants, ospreys, egrets, blue herons, oystercatchers, and other wildlife. Enjoy a 3-course brunch freshly made by the chef onboard. Menu items include: First Course: • Assorted muffins, scones, and tarts • Belgian waffles with maple syrup and roasted apples • New York bagels with herbed cream cheese • Yogurt and banana nut granola • Selection of sliced fruit Second Course: • Bourbon smoked bacon • Chicken apple sausage • Tarragon and chive potato home fries • Tomato and spinach eggs benedict served on gluten-free English muffin Third Course: • Freshly baked seasonal dessert

Boston: Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise

10. Boston: Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise

Meet at Rowes Wharf and set off on a guided boat tour. This sunset cruise will give you unparalleled views of Boston's famous landmarks. Escape the heat and admire Boston’s beautiful skyline and the historic USS Constitution as the sun sets behind the city. Your expert guide will be able to tell you about some of the city's landmarks and history. As evening sets in, the sunset cruise will highlight popular and famous scenes set at Boston Harbor from both past and present. Snacks and cold beverages including water, juice and soda; as well as a full bar, are available on every boat.

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What people are saying about Boston Harbor

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Such a cool experience! We went on the lunch cruise, the food was very good and was a great selection. We also had a big margarita and got to bring the glass home with us, thought that pretty cool. The views of the Boston Harbor were awesome. The staff were so nice and friendly really made the experience even better. We would definitely come back and do it again.

Corinne was excellent. Funny, informative, and kept a great energy going. Food was amazing and plentiful and great historical facts as we covered a huge part of the City physically and culturally. Would highly recommend as a great introduction to all Boston has to offer.

The wharf area was impressive. It was a great evening for sailing and the views were amazing. We enjoyed talking with the captain and the crew was professional and friendly. Fun times for sure, highly recommended!

Was a very enjoyable cruise and our guide was amazing. We learned so much history on the hour cruise. Well worth it and very informative.

Nice ride wish the weather was nice so we can see sunset and newmoon