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Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise

  • Enjoy a relaxing sightseeing boat tour of Boston Harbor 
  • View historic sites, ships, and the city skyline from the water
  • Learn Boston history thanks to informative narration
Boston Historic Sightseeing Cruise
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Enjoy a leisurely cruise across the Boston Harbor while learning the history of the storied bay on this informative sightseeing cruise. Enjoy world-class views of the city skyline, see historic ships and attractions such as the USS Constitution, Old North Church, Boston Light, the Boston Tea Party ships, the Boston Museum, and more. With multiple departure times, this overview tour is easy to fit into your schedule.
What to Expect
Begin your narrated tour from Boston’s historic Long Wharf pier. Drinks and food are available for purchase on board.

Cruise past the USS Constitution, a circa 1797 frigate named by George Washington and the oldest commissioned ship in the US Navy. You also see the Tea Party tall ships, authentically restored and berthed in the same spot where the Sons of Liberty embarked on their revolutionary act in 1773.

Pass by Old North Church, where Paul Revere is said to have told a sexton how to signal the advance of British troops—”one if by land, and two, if by sea” as poet Henry W. Longfellow wrote—and admire Boston Light, the first light station established in North America.

At the end of the tour, you are returned to the original departure point.
Reviews (73)
1 - 5 of 49 reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago
Lots of Good Information

The harbor cruise was a nice way to get to know Boston. Our guide had lots of interesting facts and she made the cruise fun.

Thank loml5531
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Good value and very informative

A 90 min tour of parts of the inner and outer harbour. The commentary was an excellent balance of local historical knowledge, humour and public interaction. Opp an top deck or two lower ones behind tinted windows. Bar and heads on board too. Tip: Go...More

Thank jessicaennis
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Guess it depends on what you're expecting

Our group chose this Cruise as a way to be able to sit back and relax while being able to see the sights of Boston as well as learn some of History. Our guide on the cruise did a fantastic job of informing us to...More

Thank radelster
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile
Fun short cruise included in city pass

Fun touristy activity to get on the water--best thing that was included in the city pass. Highlights: - Getting to go out by islands outside of the city I didn't know existed and get to see the cityscape from a distance. - Hour and a...More

Thank eak49
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Interesting cruise, fantastic guide

We took the 90 minute tour of Boston harbour and islands and were blessed with the most exceptional guide I have known in 30 years. His name is Declan, of Irish origin. He is very funny and hugely knowledgable. Make sure you have him if...More

Thank globetrotter66
BostonHarborCruises, Manager at Boston Harbor Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review globetrotter66! Happy to hear that you enjoyed your harbor tour, we'll pass along your kind words to Declan! We really appreciate your taking the time to share your experience with us!

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August 18, 2018|
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Response from saoaasn | Reviewed this property |
I agree, think it might be too much. Parking would be an issue, there is a fair walk to the peer and then you would need to consider the wait to board and whilst there are seats downstairs you won’t have such good views.
August 2, 2018|
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Response from jaygee43Cambridge | Reviewed this property |
There is an inside & outside. As long as you don't mind the sun (if it's out) then I highly recommend top & outside since you can see everything from up there plus the narrator is there too. Here's an extra tip. If staying... More
Barbara G
July 20, 2018|
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Response from supersammmy | Reviewed this property |
I went early in the touring season so I feel like I can’t tell you for certain. I booked the Boston city pass and I don’t remember the reservation process for this cruise. It seemed pretty flexible though because you get on... More
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