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Our most recommended Boston Harbor Tours

Boston: 90-Minute Historical Sightseeing Cruise

1. Boston: 90-Minute Historical Sightseeing Cruise

Bring history to life as you take to the open sea for a fully narrated 90-minute tour around Boston Harbor. Cruise past the oldest commissioned ship in the US Navy, the USS Constitution, marvel at the Tea Party ships, and catch a glimpse of the Old North End Church. Listen to heroic tales and local legends from the Revolutionary War, and learn about the oldest continuously manned lighthouse in the nation, the Boston Light. Cruise past Boston's working port and marvel at examples of extravagant waterfront living.

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Boston History & Highlights Afternoon Tour

2. Boston History & Highlights Afternoon Tour

Your experience begins at the Aquarium “T” Station on the historic Long Wharf, the focus of Boston Harbor, and the economic engine of Boston for most of its history. From the harbor, continue past the Rose Kennedy Greenway, State Street and the historic Custom House Tower, the city’s first skyscraper. Then, your guide will lead you toward the famous Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, which both boast stunning views. Moving into the heart of Downtown Boston, stop in front of the Old State House and site of the Boston Massacre. Was it really a massacre or maybe just great propaganda for the Revolution? Ask your expert guide about that one!  A short trek through Downtown Crossing brings you to Old City Hall. This beautiful building, done in French Revivalist architecture, was the seat of city government for years in Boston. It also happens to be the site of the birth of public education in America. You'll definitely want to have your guide snap your picture with the bronze donkey outside the entrance. On most weekdays, you’ll have a chance to see the government at work (or not) inside the inspiring, historic and beautiful Massachusetts State House, designed and built by famous federalist architect Charles Bulfinch in 1798. Outside the State House, take in the views of modern Boston, including the skyscrapers of Downtown, the Financial District, and the tallest building in New England: the John Hancock Tower.   Continue your journey through Beacon Hill, where you’ll have a chance to take in the quintessential architecture of Boston’s red brick row houses. Get out your cameras — this neighborhood is one of the most photogenic in the city. Finally, arrive at the beautiful Boston Public Garden, one of Boston’s favorite green spaces, where you’ll see locals walking the dogs, playing with the kids and enjoying lunch in the shade. Your guide will point you in the right direction, and will help with any and all recommendations for great things to do in Boston that evening and beyond. 

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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 Romain 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.

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Boston: Harbor Sunset Yacht Cruise

4. Boston: Harbor Sunset Yacht Cruise

Enjoy a 2-hour experience (15-minute pre-boarding) in Boston Harbor. Step aboard the classic Northern Lights yacht, a coast guard certified vessel with an extremely friendly and knowledgeable 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.

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Boston: Italian Food Tour with Pizza, Meats, Cheese, & Bread

5. Boston: Italian Food Tour with Pizza, Meats, Cheese, & Bread

Your North End experience begins at the lifeblood of Boston, the Boston Harbor. Walk through a scenic waterfront park, with views of the harbor, East Boston and the historic wharfs lining Atlantic Ave. Make your way to the heart of the North End, with views of some of the most historic sites and properties in the neighborhood, some dating back to the late 1600s and early 1700s. Delicious food is never far away in the North End. Your guide will introduce you to a small, hidden Italian bakery serving up fresh bread daily. Break bread with your fellow travelers and let the carbs give you the energy to continue your adventure! A proper Italian salumeria is next, and you’ll have a chance to enjoy Italian meats and cheeses at their finest and freshest.  Next up, take in the energy of the North End’s busiest corridor, Hanover Street. It’s time for a mid-tour break with your guide at a traditional Italian café. Here, you will have a chance to enjoy your choice of a classic cappuccino, espresso, or tea. Let the caffeine kick in as you go back in time into North End history. You’ll hear stories about some of the most influential events that have happened in Boston, including Paul Revere’s midnight ride. Make your way to the Old North Church and step inside the hallowed walls. To this day, North Enders still attend this church, which is famous for its role in the Revolution.  After church, dive deeper into the local side of the North End. A taste of pizza awaits at a neighborhood favorite and the stories are endless. Cap off the North End food experience with samples of the best of the best Italian pastries along the backstreets of this delicious neighborhood. Hopefully there will be a chance to meet and chat with the area’s top bakers, if you catch them at a quiet moment. After the tour, you’ll surely be ready to make a dinner reservation. Consult with your guide for the best recommendations and you will be set up for an amazing time in Boston.

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Boston: Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Odyssey

6. Boston: Lunch or Dinner Cruise on the Odyssey

Experience an elegant dining cruise on the Boston Harbor aboard the luxury cruising vessel, Odyssey. Your voyage begins with being welcomed aboard by the captain and crew. The ship's photographer will take a picture to capture the memory.  After being seated, enjoy your gourmet meal consisting of creative appetizers and entrees prepared fresh onboard daily by the executive chef. The wait staff will time your meal according to your preferences so you can savor every moment of your cruise.  The 3-course menu includes vegetarian, meat, and fish options. After your meal, listen to the live music or relax on one of three climate-controlled decks as you enjoy the scenery of the Boston skyline.

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Boston: North End to the Freedom Trail - Food & History Tour

7. Boston: North End to the Freedom Trail - Food & History Tour

Walk through Boston Harbor Island State Park, admiring East Boston and the historic wharfs lining Atlantic Avenue. Head to North End and visit a local Italian bakery serving fresh bread and an Italian salumeria for meats and cheeses. On Hanover Street, relax at a traditional Italian café during a mid-tour break. Taste the pizza at a neighborhood favorite. Finish with samples of the best Italian pastries. Head to the Rose Kennedy Greenway, State Street and the historic Custom House Tower, then onto the famous Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market. Stop in front of the Old State House (the site of the Boston Massacre) before hitting Old City Hall. Check out the State House. Continue through Beacon Hill to see Boston’s red-brick row houses. Finally, arrive at the beautiful Boston Public Garden.

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Boston Harbor Champagne Sunset Sail from Rowes Wharf

8. Boston Harbor Champagne Sunset Sail from Rowes Wharf

A perfect way to wind down after work or begin a night of romance...    Experience a beautiful Boston harbor sunset on the water and see some of the city's waterfront landmarks as the sun dips below the horizon. You will be aboard the most elegant sailing yacht in town, Adirondack III - a classic 80 foot pilot schooner.     She is a smooth, gentle sailing vessel with some speediness to boot, the Adirondack III offers a comfortable ride for you and your loved ones.  Within minutes of leaving the dock, you'll forget the distractions of life on land, as you experience the ambiance of a sunset sailing cruise aboard a stellar vessel.  Enjoy the historic scenery of Boston Harbor:  The Boston Fish Pier The Moakley Federal Courthouse at Fan Pier Castle Island and the Donald McKay monument Inner Harbor Islands Charleston Navy Yard Waterfront Park The New England Aquarium Your knowledgeable captain and crew are always ready to answer your questions about the sights and history of Boston Harbor and its surrounding areas. From interesting facts to old-time legends, the maritime world of Boston has many great stories to offer. Ask them anything you'd like to know. Come enjoy the ride, see the sights and have a drink with us!

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Boston: Sunset Cruise

9. 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.

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Boston and the Freedom Trail from New York: Day Trip

10. Boston and the Freedom Trail from New York: Day Trip

Depart New York along the Eastern Coast through Connecticut to Massachusetts and to its capital, Boston. Your first stop is the city of Cambridge where will find one of the most famous and most prestigious universities in the world: Harvard. The tour starts with a walk in Harvard Yard; the oldest academic ground in America. See Widener library, then rub the shoe of John Harvard for good luck. Continue to a panoramic tour passing by City Hall, MIT and Cambridge College. Then cross the Charles River and arrive in the center of the intellectual capital of the country. Visit Copley Square, home to beautiful Trinity church. Next up is a walk along the Freedom Trail through Boston Common Park. Break for lunch at Quincy Market, and try the world famous Clam Chowder or a lobster roll. After lunch, visit the site of the famous Tea Party and the navy ship Constitution. In the late afternoon, depart southwest for an evening arrival in New York.

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What people are saying about Boston Harbor

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 251 reviews

Janet was fabulous!! Food and history of family owned restaurants were awesome and the food was delicious!! She also gave us tips for the rest of our trip! Definitely recommend!!

Great history and tour. Very informative. Parents did not control their children. They were screaming and running around and I could not hear the guide.

Tyler was an amazing guide. He was both friendly as well as knowledgeable about the history and stories that make Boston so fascinating. Thank you!

Easy to book. Cancellation policy generous. Tour was enjoyed by all even though we went out on a rainy December afternoon.

Janet was fantastic. Made the tour fun and educational for my kids and me.