The beauty of Boston, seen from the water

by Diane Miller  |  Published November 22, 2013

By Jordana Schmierer.

Boston is a beautiful city, with easy access to the sea through the Boston Harbor. Boston is one of the most important cities in American history, as many of the crucial events of the American Revolution took place in or near the city, including the Boston Massacre, the Tea Party, Paul Revere’s midnight ride, and the battle of Lexington and Concord. All of these events and the historic buildings they occurred in are explored and discussed during various cruises that run in the city.

For this, the Historic Sightseeing Tour and the Charles River and Locks Tour, both offered by Boston Harbor Cruises, are great. The two tours will take you in opposite directions out of the Boston Inner Harbor, and thus, showing you all that Boston has to offer. The Historic Sightseeing Tour goes out into the Boston Harbor and for 90 minutes, will entertain you with stories of the legends of Boston and the Revolution. The tour also discusses the transformation of the Harbor over the years and takes you past the nation’s oldest manned lighthouse and the Harbor Islands National Park Area.

The Boston Port

The Boston Port

The Charles River and Locks Tour takes you in the opposite direction, past the Longfellow Bridge and MIT. On the tour, you will visit the USS Constitution, Bunker Hill Monument and Old North Church before sailing down the Charles River. The tour shows you the best of the Boston and Cambridge skylines as well as the Esplanade park and Beacon Hill. This is the tour for those who want to experience Boston as it is now: a modern city still influenced by its history. Both of these tours cost $24 an adult.

Another tour offered through the same company is one very typical to New England: whale watching. The catamarans travel out to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a rich feeding ground for various types of marine life. Over the course of the three hour tour, you might see humpback whales, finback whales, minke whales, or even possibly, the critically endangered right whale. The trip is set up to get to the whales in the greatest comfort possible and includes naturalists trained by the New England Aquarium who will be able to teach you so much about the whales you see. Adult tickets are priced at $45.

Besides the tours offered around Boston, it is also possible to take a tour from Boston to either Bermuda or Canada and New England. The Bermuda tour lasts for 7-days, giving guests three days at port in Bermuda and both embarks and disembarks from Boston. Starting from $499, this tour is a great, quick escape from the cold of Boston to the clear waters and warm beaches of Bermuda. If, instead, you’re looking to explore more of the north, the Canada and New England tour, starting at $699, has some incredible views as it begins from Bostons and ends in Quebec. The cruise will take you past the cliffs of Maine, the fjord of Saguenay National Park and will expose to the beautiful music, culture, and sights of the northeast of North America.

Photo Credit: Pavel Trebukov.