Historic Sightseeing Cruise Boston

By Tim Kroeger August 10, 2015 United States

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During my second layover in Boston I did the “Historic Sightseeing Cruise Boston”.

It took 90 minutes and departed from Long Wharf. Our tour guide, Lilly was a young, sympathetic lady. She had a pretty nice voice and it was pleasant to listen to her.

During the tour she talked about all the historic and modern milestones of Boston’s Inner and Outer Harbor.

Although she presented a lot of information it was in my opinion limited to the most important and interesting ones.

I never had the feeling that it is getting too much (which happens unfortunately at many guided tours).

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The journey also offered dozens of nice photo scenes. And as a picture is worth a thousand words ….

During the Historic Sightseeing Cruise you can enjoy stunning views of Boston's skyline.
During the Historic Sightseeing Cruise Boston you can enjoy stunning views of Boston’s skyline.

The tour passes Castle Island, Spectacle Island and Long Island (Boston).

The tour passes Castle Island
Castle Island
Spectacle Island

The Historic Sightseeing Tour Boston is also an insider tip for Aircraft Spotter. The Logan International Airport is located in the East Boston neighborhood right next to the water.

When approaching the airport you can see the mainland and the runway only shortly before landing.

A colleague (Flight Attendant) once told me that during his first landing on duty in Boston he was already mentally preparing for a ditching.

A garbage collection boat.
A garbage collection boat.
An old battleship
An old battleship
U.S. Coast Guard
U.S. Coast Guard

At the end of the tour we passed some luxury yachts off Boston. Lilly, our tour guide said that every time she comes here there is a new, even more luxurious yacht.

Luxury Yachts off Boston.
Luxury Yachts off Boston.

Useful Information about the historic sightseeing cruise Boston

Length of the tour: 90 minutes

Start of the tour: Long Wharf in Boston


May 9 – September 7: Daily – 11AM, 1PM and 3PM

September 8 – September 27: Weekends only – 11AM, 1PM and 3PM


Adults – $26.95 + 5% Boston Sightseeing Tour Surcharge

Seniors – $24.95 + 5% Boston Sightseeing Tour Surcharge

Children age 3 to 11 – $22.95 + 5% Boston Sightseeing Tour Surcharge

Children under 3 (ages 0-2) Free

Website: https://www.bostonharborcruises.com

Disclaimer: I was provided with the tickets to take the Historic Sightseeing Cruise Boston. No other compensation has been provided. My opinion, as always, is solely my own. I have enjoyed this tour and think it’s a nice activity when you are in Boston.

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  1. Universal Traveller September 8, 2015 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    It really is :)

  2. Universal Traveller September 8, 2015 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    It is definitely worth it to do :)

  3. Universal Traveller September 8, 2015 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    Yes, I love Boston :)

  4. Universal Traveller September 8, 2015 at 6:57 pm - Reply

    oh yes, that would be great :)

  5. Andrew Fraser Sim August 17, 2015 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Ah, to be able to have just one day in those luxury yachts with several bottles of champagne!

  6. Laura Lynch August 17, 2015 at 4:56 am - Reply

    The historic sightseeing cruise is a great way to see the city. And what a lovely city it is! I did a similar tour in Chicago too and that was well worth it!

  7. American Mom in Bordeaux August 13, 2015 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Looks wonderful!! I love Boston but I have never gone sightseeing in the harbor. Definitely something to add to the list next time I visit the city. Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Sabine De Gaspari August 13, 2015 at 6:24 am - Reply

    It looks like a great and fun way to visit the area, you definitely have some nice photos of it :)

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