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John Hancock Tower

John Hancock Building, 200 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)
617-572-6420
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Ranked #79 of 210 attractions in Boston
Type: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Observation Decks/ Towers
Owner description: This striking I.M. Pei edifice, famous for its beauty and infamous for falling glass panes, is Boston's tallest building. After terrorist attacks on... more » Owner description: This striking I.M. Pei edifice, famous for its beauty and infamous for falling glass panes, is Boston's tallest building. After terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the popular 60th-floor observatory was permanently closed due to security concerns. « less
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São Paulo
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Very nice building, tall, lot of windows … but there NO MORE possibility to go all the way to the top …. This as an attraction is GONE ….. On the other hand there is an excellent option … the Prudential building … very close and you can go all the way up and still you can eventually have a... More

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Munich, Germany
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155 reviews 155 reviews
102 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The electronic and visual Displays are just great. Make your visit around 05:00PM when the shadows are Long and the 3D view gets even more intense. The views are sensational. Take the Audio guided tour

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New York, New York, United States
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63 reviews 63 reviews
46 attraction reviews
111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Highest view-point in Boston; get the best all round views. Getting in to Hancock place is much easier compared to other tall buildings like Empire state or Willis tower could be just because it sees lesser traffic but anyways, If you are driving then just drive straight up into the building and pay for parking, it slightly on the pricey... More

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Foxboro, Massachusetts
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Tallest building in Boston. Great views of ocean, airport, city and you can look right into Fenway Park. You can see New Hampshire Mountains and Cape Cod on a clear day. Only downside is it is totally indoors. Some might find that a plus who are afraid of heights. Dont miss it!

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Toronto, Canada
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67 reviews 67 reviews
42 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Our friend works in the building and was able to take us up to his office for a spectacular view of the city. It was our second time going up and really provides a breathtaking view of the city - Beacon Hill, Commonwealth Avenue, Boston Common, Charles River, and so on. Get some great photos while you can.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The first time I went to the Hancock Tower was 31 years ago and have revisited several times since. There are excellent 360 degree views of the city. For a change I did the Prudential Building this time. Good but not as high.

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Torquay, Australia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Here is a good way to get an overview of the city of Boston. Informative display explain the history and life of the city. Pick a clear day and it is great. Not crowded when we were there and time is unlimited.

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Nicosia, Cyprus
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429 reviews 429 reviews
269 attraction reviews
195 helpful votes 195 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

New York had the Twins and now the Empire Building, Niagara Falls has the Skylon Tower, Toronto has also it's own and Boston has John Hancock Observatory. Don't miss it if you are in Boston even if you find it overated or you have to be in a queue. It is worthwhile once in your life. You will not regret... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2013

Prudential Center had the best Observation Tower, the Skywalk, and then John Hancock built their's which obscured the Pru's view .. and still does. AFTER 9/11 , John Hancock closed their observation tower which had featured a wonderful interactive history-installation which depicted the changing Boston, the Revolutionary War with red lights for British soldiers and blue for Colonials, etc. NOW,... More

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Cheshire
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11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

A can't miss view of the great Boston area. Even better if you have your own binoculars. Good dining up at the top, too. Maybe take in the view at sunset for a cocktail??

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