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Boston Harbor Cruises

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Address: 1 Long Wharf, Boston, MA 02110-3600
Phone Number: +1 617-227-4321
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Boston Harbor Cruises, (BHC) is the nation's oldest and largest private...

Boston Harbor Cruises, (BHC) is the nation's oldest and largest private operator of passenger vessels. BHC's current service offerings include Whale Watches in partnership with the New England Aquarium, the Cape Cod Fast Ferry, a variety of sightseeing tours including lunch and brunch cruises, the Salem Ferry, private charters, Codzilla - a high speed thrill ride, two pier side patio bars -The Landing at Long Wharf and The Landing at the Salem Ferry, offshore support services for underwater survey, research, LNG work, commuter ferry service for the MBTA and more

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We went on this whale watching cruise in early July and we enjoyed it immensely. Apart from the chaotic boarding, everything else went smoothly. The boat has 3 levels so you can... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Caught the high speed ferry from Boston Long Wharf, near the Aquarium, to Provincetown. It was quite a busy weekend in Provincetown but the ferry was on time, convenient and quick. There's a good range of snacks available on board and a really nice, helpful chap gives information about Provincetown and how to get to your hotel, he has maps... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went on this whale watching cruise in early July and we enjoyed it immensely. Apart from the chaotic boarding, everything else went smoothly. The boat has 3 levels so you can spread out if you want. Since we went during a big holiday weekend, the boat was pretty packed, but we got a decent seat near the front. It... More 

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Alexandria, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a fun day on Boston Harbor Cruise Line's High Speed Ferry from Boston to P'town last weekend. While vacationing in Boston, my friends & I decided to make the trip to the Cape to P'town. We sat on 3rd deck and the trip was fantastic. The captain did a great job of pointing out landmarks or fish that surfaced... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Our guide Jan was absolutely AMAZING. He held the interest of my 12 and 13 year old. The information was interesting and informative! A great 45 minutes on the bay!

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Brewood, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What an absolute scream , this boat is big for a speed boat but very agile which means it can be thrown around quite easily which means tight turns bigs waves and plenty of water , if you go on a hot day ,as we did, then getting soaked through to the skin is great , the guy on the... More 

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West Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Go Card also included this tour of the Harbor and was a nice addition to our sight seeings! Our tour guide on the ship was very knowledgeable and and a good personality to keep me interested in what he had to say. Its a great way to see the city by water!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a great time on this cruise with family. There were a lot of people of all ages and it was a fun comfortable trip. I think the tickets are a bit expensive and they charge for infants too which i thought was weird however it was a nice superfast trip. There was a bit of a challenge with... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

So - I decided to play "hooky" from work one day in June and take an adventure to George's Island aboard one of the Boston Harbor Cruise ships. It was very easy to park in the lot near the Aquarium and walk over to the pier to board the ship. I found the price to be very reasonable, the crew... More 

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Juneau, Alaska
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Don't waste your time and money on this scam. Even if you get a free ticket (that goes with the Old trolley), throw it away and save your precious time for something else. At first, you will stand in a very long line for a very long time under excruciating heat (no covered area). Then they will board you on... More 

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Ely, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Really good tour of Boston harbour. Excellent commentary, knowledgeable and fast paced. Highly recommended way of spending an hour in Boston

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Staying in Downtown

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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.