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Itinerary
This 90-minute tour offers spectacular views of historic and contemporary architecture along Boston Harbor, the Charles River Locks, and the Charles River basin.

The tour— narrated by a guide from Boston By Foot and co-sponsored by BSA Space, a center for architecture and design—includes landmarks such as Marriott’s Custom House, the Prudential Building, and the Hancock tower, as well as cutting-edge contemporary design by today’s top architects. These are simply the best waterfront views of Boston and Cambridge.

Discover Boston's historic and contemporary architecture onboard Boston's only architectural cruise. Presented in partnership with Charles Riverboat Company, the Boston Society of Architects, and Boston by Foot, this narrated cruise is a favorite of both locals and visitors.

Architecture Cruises depart from the CambridgeSide Mall.
Locations visited
Charles River
John Hancock Tower
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area
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Overview
This 90-minute tour offers spectacular views of historic and contemporary architecture along Boston Harbor, the Charles River Locks, and the Charles River basin.
Highlights
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Family friendly
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Not bad, even on a foggy day

Booked this early in the week when the forecast looked better than things turned out. Got a good deal on Goldstar. Tried calling an hour before scheduled to make sure it was on but couldn't get thru to anyone so off we went. Boat left...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
Was great even on a cloudy day

I booked a sightseeing tour with my 12 yr old, due to personal issue with Captain not being available, we were offered architectural tour of Boston Harbor and Charles River instead. So glad we did!! We learned so much about Boston. The staff was very...More

Thank yvonne h
CharlesRiverboat, Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Yvonne! We look forward to having you back on board!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Awesome tour...well worth it.

My wife purchased tickets to the architecture boat tour for my birthday. The tour was great!! We went on the 2:30pm tour. We could not have asked for a better speaker/narrator. He was excellent...everyone could hear him loud and clear...extremely knowledgeable...very pleasant guy. I forget...More

1  Thank Luger101
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Nice, needs help

Sunday afternoon in July on the Charles River and in Boston Harbor- unbeatable. Boat's engine and transmission noises, plus a primitive sound system, put the narrator at a disadvantage. Although the cruise is sponsored by three organizations, there was no written information about any of...More

Thank David M
CharlesRiverboat, Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your suggestions David, we will definitely take these into account.

Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile
Fantastic Boat Tour

I usually get a bit antsy after 30 minutes on boat tours BUT this cruise was fascinating from beginning to end. The guide on board from Boston By Foot was knowledgeable, funny, interesting and made time fly by....strongly recommended!

Thank Jeffrey K
CharlesRiverboat, Manager at Charles Riverboat Company, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2018

Thanks for your awesome review Jeffrey! Our Boston by Foot guides definitely do a great job :) We are happy you enjoyed your tour!

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jrejr2002
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Response from David M | Reviewed this property |
I don't know - the company takes reservations 2 weeks or less before the cruise, so contact them on that date- Oct 8 - 14 days
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