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Whether you’re watching for whales or cruising in a duck boat, harbor cruises offer the chance to experience Boston’s scenery and history from right outside Boston Harbor. See the skyline or dine on the water with one of the popular tours below.

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  • Watch the sunset from Boston Harbor as fades into night
  • Enjoy brunch, cocktails, or dinner on the water and get views of the Boston skyline
  • Learn about Boston’s colonial past and the role it played in helping America become an independent nation
  • Hear the sound of the cannon boom as it’s fired from the USS Constitution or tour Old Ironsides, America’s oldest warship
  • Hop on a speedboat and spin in circles for a rush
  • Most cruises last 1 to 3 hours

Sightseeing Cruises
Boston Harbor cruises are a great way to take in the sights from the water, and some are even combined with land-based walking tours that offer an up-close look at the city’s history and scenery. Alternatively, ply the placid Cambridge River on a fun, amphibious duck boat, or search for whales in the waters offshore from April to October. Whichever route you take, don’t miss the opportunity to tour the USS Constitution—a three-masted warship that dates back to 1797.

Dining Cruises
There’s definitely no shortage of restaurants in Boston, but none can compete with the romance of dining out on the water. Choose a filling, floating brunch with views of the area’s harbor lighthouses or an evening filled with dinner, dancing, and dessert on the deck of a ship.
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Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

Boston Whale Watching Cruise by High-Speed Catamaran

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Experience the best of New England’s marine wildlife on this guided whale-watching cruise around the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Hop on a high-speed catamaran that gets to and from the whales in the least amount of time possible. See humpback and fin whales, plus Atlantic white-sided dolphins with the help of a naturalist guide. The on-board galley offers food and beverages for purchase during the trip.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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$71.50
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$71.50

Sunset Cruise
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Sunset Cruise

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Enjoy views of beautiful Boston with this 90-minute sunset cruise. Watch the sun sink over the sparkling water as your guides point out the USS Constitution and other historic sights. Once the sun goes down, you’ll have a chance to see the city skyline illuminated. There is a full bar on every boat, with snacks and other beverages available for purchase.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$25.50
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$25.50

Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River
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Boston Duck Boat Sightseeing City Tour with Cruise Along Charles River

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Hop into a duck boat—renovated World War II amphibious vehicle—for a comprehensive tour of Boston. Pass Boston Common, Quincy Market, and the Celtics' home turf at TD Garden. Then splashdown into the Charles River for a view of the city by boat. Learn all about Boston's history and landmarks as you go.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.34
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$57.34

Sunset Sailing Cruise on a Tall Ship in Boston Harbor

Sunset Sailing Cruise on a Tall Ship in Boston Harbor

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Experience Boston Harbor on a sunset cruise aboard a historic tall ship. Depart from Central Wharf on the 67-foot Liberty Star or the 125-foot Liberty Clipper and enjoy views of the outer harbor, Fort Independence, East Boston, the Charlestown Navy Yard, and beyond. Relax and let the crew handle the sails or jump in the action and a grab a line on this fun and affordable outing.
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  • 2 hours
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$54.00
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$54.00

Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise
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Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise

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Take an evening cruise on Boston Harbor to watch the sunset from the water. Glide out to the Old North Church and Historic Site, the Charlestown Navy Yard, Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, and the USS Cassin Young. As a bonus, listen to the cannon fire of the USS Constitution, which marks the sunset each night.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.00
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$48.00

Sightseeing Day Sail around Boston Harbor
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Sightseeing Day Sail around Boston Harbor

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See Boston Harbor’s sights from the water on this day sail aboard a replica of a pilot schooner. Step aboard the boat and sail off through the harbor, bound for Spectacle Island, Fort Independence, Castle Island, and Long Island. Listen to guided commentary on the harbor’s history and ecosystem while you sail, snapping photos of Boston’s coast from the water.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.74
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$59.74

1.5 or 2-Hour Boston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise Aboard a Classic Tall Ship

1.5 or 2-Hour Boston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise Aboard a Classic Tall Ship

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Explore Boston by boat with this cruise on the Liberty Clipper. Help the crew hoist the sails or simply find a spot on deck to enjoy the views. Your captain creates a route depending on wind direction, heading toward the outer harbor for a glimpse of Fort Independence, or sailing toward East Boston for views of the Charlestown Navy Yard, home to the USS Constitution.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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$47.00
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$47.00

Boston Codzilla High-Speed Thrill Boat Ride

Boston Codzilla High-Speed Thrill Boat Ride

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Experience a fast and furious thrill ride across Boston Harbor on Codzilla. This boat has been described as a “water coaster” for its exciting spins and turns at up to 40 miles per hour. The wet and wild ride features lots of loud music and an adventure that’s fun for the entire family.
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  • 40 minutes
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$43.95
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$43.95

Boston to Provincetown & Cape Cod High Speed Ferry One-Way

Boston to Provincetown & Cape Cod High Speed Ferry One-Way

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This 90-minute journey on a catamaran is the fastest and most luxurious way to travel to Cape Cod, where restaurants, beaches, shopping and nightlife await.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$71.50
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$71.50

Signature Spirit of Boston Lunch Cruise
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Signature Spirit of Boston Lunch Cruise

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Enjoy Boston from the water while dining on a delicious buffet lunch on this cruise. See an array of top landmarks including Bunker Hill, the World Trade Center, and the site of the 1773 Boston Tea Party. Hear narrated commentary on the sites, and after lunch, head up to the top deck—the largest outdoor patio deck in town—where a DJ spins tunes from line dances to Top 40 hits.
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  • 2 hours
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$94.78
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Boston Premier Odyssey Dinner Cruise
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Boston Premier Odyssey Dinner Cruise

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Try a unique alternative to a typical night out in downtown Boston with an exciting dinner cruise along the city’s waterfront. This 2-hour expedition on Boston Harbor features a three-course meal with live entertainment and dancing. Watch the sun set, then take a stroll under the stars and enjoy the view of the illuminated Boston skyline at night or head to the dance floor for music and fun in the ship’s nightclub. Bring that special someone or a whole group of friends for a night to remember.
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  • 2 hours
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$186.99
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$186.99

Boston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise
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Boston Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

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See the landmarks and highlights of Boston from the water on this sightseeing cruise in Boston Harbor. Sail between the harbor's 34 islands, listening to their history through your guide's commentary. Snap photos and enjoy a unique perspective of the harbor, very different than a typical walking or driving tour through Boston. Highlights include Nixes Mate, Lovell's Island, Spectacle Island, and Fort Independence.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$40.54
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Boston Shore Excursion: Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

Boston Shore Excursion: Boston Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour

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Disembark your ship and take a short walk from Cruiseport Boston to explore the best the city has to offer—a hop-on hop-off tour of Beantown. Visit Boston’s top attractions on a loop around town. Get to know the city, on your own, with live onboard commentary from a professional tour conductor.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$50.40
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$50.40

Boston Private City Tour

Boston Private City Tour

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Discover the best of Boston and see the sights that interest you most on this half-day tour. Board your private vehicle along with your group and explore key landmarks in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. See Harvard University, Fenway Park, the Boston Public Library, Beacon Hill, and much more while listening to commentary from your driver about Boston’s history.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$535.72
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Boston Harbor Brunch Cruise

Boston Harbor Brunch Cruise

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Enjoy a gourmet brunch on this scenic cruise of the Boston Harbor. Set sail aboard the Northern Lights at Rowes Wharf and settle in for a buffet filled with quiche, waffles, bacon, fresh fruit, and more. View popular Boston highlights such as Bunker Hill Monument, the USS Constitution, Old North Church, and Sea Castle Island. This brunch cruise offers a great overview of Boston and a lovely morning on the water.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.67
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$74.67

Tour-in-Four -- A Private four hour walking & driving city tour
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Tour-in-Four -- A Private four hour walking & driving city tour

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Get a comprehensive overview of Boston’s key landmarks during this half-day tour of the city. Combine a walking tour with a driving tour to cover more ground than you would if you just did one. See important sights like the USS Constitution, Old North Church, and the Paul Revere House and learn about the city’s history from your tour guide.
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  • 4 hours
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$475.00
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$475.00
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Boston to Kennebunkport with Optional Lobster Tour

Boston to Kennebunkport with Optional Lobster Tour

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Discover the New Hampshire and Maine coasts, plus the highlights of Kennebunkport, all in one day: this private, full-day tour from Boston makes exploring easy. Meet your guide in the morning at your departure point, and hop aboard your private van. You'll stop in the historic town of Portsmouth, will discover the Cape Neddick Nubble Lighthouse, can tour the President Bush Compound at Kennebunkport, and upgrade to add on a lobster tour.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$117.00
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$117.00

Boston Holiday Cocoa Cruise

Boston Holiday Cocoa Cruise

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Make this holiday season one to remember with this cocoa and carols holiday cruise on Boston Harbor. With dates offered throughout November and December, you can add a magical touch to your holiday, and easily find a date that works for you. Plus, you’ll cruise the harbor aboard a 1920s-style yacht with live music and a complimentary cup of cocoa to sip on as you take in beautiful views of Boston.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.54
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$56.54

Boston Sightseeing Tour - a fully-narrated driving tour
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Boston Sightseeing Tour - a fully-narrated driving tour

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Maximize time in Boston with a private sightseeing tour. Get picked up at your hotel or the address of your choice in Boston and set out on a half-day excursion. Learn about the history behind top landmarks including the Paul Revere House, the USS Constitution, and the Bunker Hill Battle Monument. Explore several neighborhoods including Back Bay, Beacon Hill, and the South End.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$414.35
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$414.35
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Boston Harbor Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise

Boston Harbor Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise

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Celebrate a special occasion or just enjoy the company of your family and friends on this leaf-peeping Boston Harbor brunch cruise. On board a 1920s-style yacht, the Northern Lights, you’ll sail through Boston Harbor, past the Harbor Islands, and spot landmarks and beautiful fall scenery along the way. Indulge in a three-course brunch buffet from your private table.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.67
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New England Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise in Boston Harbor

New England Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise in Boston Harbor

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Immerse yourself in the Fall season while exploring beautiful Boston Harbor on a relaxing sightseeing cruise. Step aboard the Northern Lights and catch spectacular views of sights like the oldest lighthouse in America, Boston Light, and colorful seasonal foliage at Peadock’s and Thompson’s islands. Then, enjoy a delicious gourmet lunch and sip a hot cider.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.80
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Holiday Sunset Cruise in Boston Harbor

Holiday Sunset Cruise in Boston Harbor

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Grab a drink and settle into the heated, main observation cabin to enjoy a 90-minute experience on this beautiful 1920s-style yacht. *Please note that this event includes a 15 minute pre-boarding, followed by a 90-minute cruise to allow guests time to settle in before the cruising portion commences. During the cruise, grab a hot cocoa or festive libation from the bar and take in the sights as the boat cruises around Boston's waterfront neighborhoods, such as North End. Enjoy cruising under the Tobin Bridge for a unique perspective of this iconic landmark. The Captain will provide light commentary of Boston Harbor's sightseeing highlights in conjunction with enjoyable music throughout the trip. Watch the sky as it changes from blues to oranges behind the outline of Boston's city skyline.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$42.67
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$42.67

Boston Harbor Holiday Brunch Cruise

Boston Harbor Holiday Brunch Cruise

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Combine an indulgent brunch with a sightseeing boat tour on this two-in-one festive outing. Meet at Rowes Wharf, and hop aboard the Northern Lights: a 1920s-style yacht. Over the course of several hours, you’ll see landmarks ranging from the Seaport District and USS Constitution to Sea Castle Island and beyond. You’ll also enjoy a 3-course holiday brunch menu and can even warm up courtesy of the onboard hot chocolate bar.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$74.67
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Boston Harbor City Lights Cocktails & Rum Evening Cruise (Ages 21+)

Boston Harbor City Lights Cocktails & Rum Evening Cruise (Ages 21+)

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NEW PRICE! Join the Liberty Clipper on Saturday evenings. Enjoy the sparkling lights of the Boston skyline while listening to the shanties of old (and more modern music) on board our flagship schooner. If you are feeling energetic, help the crew haul up the sails and experience the sounds of times gone by as you sail on our grand tall ship. Once you are onboard our crew will take your order for the bar. Have you tried our signature drink and the sailors’ favorite — a Dark ‘n’ Stormy, featuring Gosling’s dark rum, ginger beer, and a twist of lime? We bring the Caribbean to you and the rum is never gone on our ship. Not a fan of rum? There is also plenty of beer, wine, and mixed drinks onboard. What a unique way to see Boston and relax in the cool breezes of the harbor.
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  • 2 hours
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$46.00
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