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Boston: Historical Sightseeing Cruise

1. Boston: Historical Sightseeing Cruise

Experience breathtaking views, refreshing sea breezes, and vividly told stories of Boston past and present, aboard this one-hour tour around Boston Harbor. Depart from Long Wharf, then Cruise past the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned US Navy war ship afloat today, marvel at the Bunker Hill Monument, and catch a glimpse of the fabled Old North End Church steeple. From expert narrators, you’ll hear heroic tales and local legends from the Revolutionary War, and learn how the harbor was transformed into one of the cleanest waterways in the country. The boat is equipped to give you 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: Harbor Codzilla High Speed Thrill Boat

2. Boston: Harbor Codzilla High Speed Thrill Boat

Spark your adrenaline on a high-speed boat ride around Boston Harbor. Ride at break-neck speeds and enjoy the lively atmosphere on board with loud music and crew interaction. This is no ordinary boat ride. True to its name, Codzilla is monstrously fun, a thrill a minute as you scream across the water at up to 40 mph, with a few hairpin turns and 360-degree spins thrown in for evil measure. Take a cruise on the wild side as you scream for more after riding Codzilla. The wind roars, the music blares and the waves will splash during a wet and wild 40-minute ride at full blast. The ride features an original soundtrack and a show scripted by Hollywood screenwriters. Sit back and relax? Not on this cruise. The boat, Codzilla, is 70 feet of marine aluminium and bad attitude, prowling the ocean with 2 turbo-charged diesel engines, state-of-the-art water jets and 2,800 horsepower. Its unique hull design makes it capable of thrilling 360-degree turns and spinning on a dime. So be sure to secure all hats, scarves, eyewear and bad hairpieces. 

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: Afternoon Sailing Trip Around Boston Harbor

4. 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. 

Boston: Sunset Cruise

5. Boston: 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.

Boston: New England Harbor Cruise

6. Boston: New England Harbor Cruise

Boston Harbor is home to 34 islands and nearly every island has a story to tell. From its fortifications and hauntings to lighthouses and wildlife sanctuaries, the harbor is full of rich and unique history that will keep your attention throughout the trip.  Notable things to see include the Old North Church, Bunker Hill Monument, USS Cassin Young, the USS Constitution, Fort Independence, Boston's Seaport District, and Spectacle Island. The motor yacht's design was inspired by classic New England 1920s style steamships. She is one of the most comfortable and versatile cruise vessels in the Boston Harbor. She is 115-feet in length, features six bathrooms and provides ample seating throughout the ship. She is built for taking groups of people on spectacular sightseeing adventures. Thus, she is excellent for taking out groups of friends and family to see the harbor. Sit back and relax in the climate-controlled cabin or enjoy the sea breeze on the open top deck. During your harbor cruise, the captain will provide narration and the crew will be around to assist in making your trip more comfortable. Be sure to visit the fully stocked bar on the main deck to purchase refreshments.

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

7. 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 Party Cruise with Live DJs

8. Boston Harbor: Sunset Party Cruise with Live DJs

Hop aboard the Sir Winston, a luxurious yacht docked behind the historic Boston Harbor Hotel, for a lovely evening of live music and drinks. Enjoy a sunset cruise filled with amazing views of the city skyline as the sun sets and provides beautiful colors that create the perfect atmosphere. Dance to the upbeat music played live by a DJ on one of the largest and most spacious rooftop decks in Boston. Alternatively, sit back on the deck below, which is a quieter lounge with couch seating and outside access. Take in the club-like vibes and purchase your own drinks from one of the two full bars open on deck. Get lost in the music as you float along the harbor in the company of your friends.

Boston: Harbor Sunset Yacht Cruise

9. 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 to Salem 1-Way and Round Trip Ferry Tickets

10. 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

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What people are saying about Boston Harbor

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 4,146 reviews

This sunset cruise around the harbor was very enjoyable and well worth the price. The boat and seating options are nice, as are the route and landmarks that you can see along the way. Heads up, drinks from the bar are a tad bit expensive. I would definitely recommend this sunset harbor cruise!

The guide was engaging, informative about food and history, and he was effective - all food stops were prepared for us on time.

So much fun! Quick easy cruise around Boston. Perfect for a summer night out. Staff was so accommodating and kind.

Really fun way to spend some time on the harbor and learn a bit about Boston.

Excellent cruise. Unintrusive commentary and really relaxing.