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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 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. 

Boston: Guided Walking Tour with Seafood Tasting

3. Boston: Guided Walking Tour with Seafood Tasting

Join your guide as you discover Boston's oldest neighborhoods. Learn about the city's colonial and revolutionary history and enjoy some delicious seafood dishes along the way. Your tour begins in Boston's North End neighborhood. Explore the maze of narrows streets and see some of the city's oldest buildings, including the Paul Revere House and Old North Square. Continue your tour as you head to Boston's Harborwalk and Long Wharf to admire the scenic views from the city's oldest commercial port. Learn about the history of Faneuil Hall and the Old State House before you head to Quincy Market. As you tour Boston, stop at three different restaurants for a sit-down tasting of local favorites. End your foodie adventure on a sweet note with dessert from a famous North End bakery.

Boston: Harborwalk and Tea Party Self-Guided Audio Tour

4. Boston: Harborwalk and Tea Party Self-Guided Audio Tour

Follow a scenic 1.5-mile walk along the Boston Harbor waterfront. Stroll between South Station and Long Wharf and immerse yourself in the rich stories of revolutionary America — from the secret meetings of the Sons of Liberty to the rebellions of the colonial merchants. Follow in the footsteps of Boston’s Tea Party revolutionaries, tea smugglers, and massive shipping unions — all while you look out upon the same Harbor that they once did. Start your tour at one of Boston's most underappreciated marvels of architecture: South Station. Discover stories of the American Revolution, Boston Tea Party, and Sons of Liberty as you stroll along Boston’s scenic Harborwalk. With this self-guided audio tour, unearth tales of rebellion, sabotage, and intrigue surrounding the Founding Fathers. Explore the huge attraction that is partially built over the Harbor, allowing the aquarium access to the natural environment of Boston's Harbor. Finish your tour at one of Boston's most historic spots: Long Wharf. From colonial battles against the British to modern crowds of tourists, this Wharf remains a Boston hotspot. Enjoy the views and the history as you conclude your tour here.

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What people are saying about Long Wharf

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4.6 / 5

based on 940 reviews

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.

The harbor cruise was enjoyable and informative. The boat is comfortable and it was great seeing things in the harbor.

The guide was passionate and had a knowleadge of the city and its history.

Sully our guide was wonderful and very informative.

Very nice harbor tour with entertaining commentary!