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  • Boston: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

    1. Boston: Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

    Go whale watching off the coast of Boston on a comfortable, high-speed catamaran with maximized outdoor and indoor viewing capacity. Getting you to and from the whales in less time means you get more time to actually watch them on your 3.5-hour trip.

    Benefit from the best guided experience, with professional researchers from the Whale Center of New England, the region's foremost authority on whale populations, on-hand to provide you with expert commentary.

     

    After you find your crew at the dock, board the high-speed catamaran that offers the fastest, most comfortable way to explore the Atlantic. 

    Make the most of the 3 outside viewing decks, climate-controlled cabin space with cushioned seating, tables, state-of-the-art sound and video systems, and a galley offering snacks an...

    It was great to see the mom and calf But when you have 40 people trying to het in an area 20 people fit. Well. There ya go.

  • Boston 90-Minute Historical Sightseeing Cruise

    2. Boston 90-Minute Historical Sightseeing Cruise

    Take to the open sea for a fully narrated 90-minute tour around Boston Harbor, bringing your history book to life. Immerse yourself in Boston's history as you 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. From the hero tales of the Revolutionary War to the local legends of the sea, you’ll be entertained and enthralled. Other highlights you’ll see include the nation’s oldest continuously manned lighthouse, the Harbor Islands National Park Area, Boston’s working port and examples of extravagant waterfront living.

    The sightseeing cruise was nice but there was no 11 am cruise. The company gave us seats on the noon cruise without a problem but we wasted an hour by getting to the dock for a cruise that didn’t exist. Don’t use Get Your Guide for booking. Try to go directly to the provider.

  • Boston: New England Aquarium Entry Ticket

    3. Boston: New England Aquarium Entry Ticket

    Start your visit to the New England Aquarium at the charming penguin colony, before experiencing 360-degree views of the spectacular new 4-story Caribbean coral reef teeming with more animals than ever before. Take a stroll on the spiral walkway around the reef as sea turtles, sharks, moray eels, and tropical fish glide through their vibrant habitat. From sea jellies to sea dragons, you will explore the planet without leaving downtown Boston. The Aquarium is a treasure trove ready for exploration by families and ocean lovers. Your admission ticket includes entrance to the following exhibits: Amazon Rainforest Head to the Amazon rainforest without leaving Boston. The New England Aquarium’s 6 Amazon exhibits allow you to dive into the Amazon River and climb through the dense forest without getting wet or needing bug spray. Several of the exhibits feature large windows ...

    It is one of the best we went to. Great design and easily spend a few only. Beautiful fish in every color you could think of. A forty foot tank you can look into as you go on a spiral rank. Just loved it. And right next door you get whale watching boat and trolley. Just loved it

  • Boston: Old Town Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

    4. Boston: Old Town Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

    Climb 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 the Cradle of Liberty’s many sights and attractions. From December to March, choose between the 1-day (silver), 2-day (gold), or 3-day (platinum) ticket options. From April until November, choose between the 1-day (silver), 1-day with harbor tour (gold) or 2-day with harbor tour (platinum) options. What better way to see Boston than by both land and sea? The Boston Trolley tour covers all the major areas including downtown, Beacon Hill, Back Bay, the theater district, and the waterfront. Friendly conductors narrate the tour, offering a fun mix of trivia and humorous stories. There are 18 stops conveniently located close to over 100 points of interest in Boston, these are: • New England Aquarium/...

    We loved the tour! It hit many of the key spots we wanted to visit. Liked the fact we could get on and off. We had 3 guides in total. Uncle Steve was fantastic. Wiggles was fun and energetic. Rocky needs some work. All in all a great tour.

  • Boston Harbor Codzilla High Speed Thrill Boat

    5. Boston Harbor Codzilla High Speed Thrill Boat

    Hold on to your hats. It's Codzilla! 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 ...

    So much fun!! Crew was awesome and also had some interesting historical facts about the Haaaba

  • Boston to Salem 1-Way and Round Trip Ferry Tickets

    6. 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. ...

    Such a fun way to get to Salem! Loved learning about significant and historical places along the way. Our commentator was incredible. Would highly recommend and will definitely take again!

  • Boston: Sunset Cruise

    7. 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.

    It was a nice cruise, the boat was old and the chairs were a bit beat up but you kinda get what you pay for. Overall it was a nice experience and a cute, cheap way to see the Boston waterfront/skyline.

  • Boston: Harbor Sunset Yacht Cruise

    8. 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 t...

    The evening weather was perfect; the staff was very friendly, very professional. Due to parking problems, We'd arrived just as the boat was boarding passengers. My friends were trying to locate a sign in location, as I was asking people standing in line if we were in thr right place;and this young man came up to me, having overheard my frustrations; he smiled and thoughtfully assured me my group wad in correct place, and he checked us in. "Have a great time." We did just that!

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

    9. 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. Our Provincetown ferry is the largest and fastest passenger-only catamaran in the U.S., landing in the heart of Provincetown in just 90 minutes. 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. This service is seasonal and operates from the end of May to October Departure Times (sch...

    My husband and I took the round trip ferry to Provincetown. All the staff was very kind and helpful! Smooth ride, the ride back was a little rocky but it was dreary outside and had rained some before but my husband and I still had a great time and would definitely go again! We also used the concierge service and he gave us some great recommendations for when we were there and we enjoyed doing them all!

  • Boston Harbor Champagne Sunset Sail from Rowes Wharf

    10. 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 cap...

    We thoroughly enjoyed this sunset cruise. The Captain and the crew were knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. The view was amazing….. not only did we experience a beautiful sunset, but we saw about 8 planes coming into Boston Logan Airport with several fluting right over us. The boat was comfortable and the drinks were great. Would highly recommend.

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What people are saying about Boston Harbor

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,805 reviews

This was so much fun !! we not only had amazing food, but Martin gave us so many other activities, reccomended restaurants and sites to see, in addition to the history! Even my 14 year old son enjoyed the tour ! thanks for this experience, we would definitely take another walking tour with martin !

Our guide Janet was awesome. She was energetic, inclusive, and a true local. She came with 40 years of travel industry experience which you could tell translated into her knowing how to handle a group of strangers thru the streets.

Well worth the price. Great boat. Excellent, friendly and skilled crew. Would definitely recommend and would do it again.

Just an all around relaxing and amazing trip. The boat handlers were all funny and accommodating.

Perfect way to see the city when only have one day to do so...