Skywalk Observatory, Boston

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Take in far-reaching views of the greater Boston area at Skywalk Observatory, the observation deck of the city's second-tallest building. The enclosed area, located 50 floors up in the Prudential Tower, provides a 360-degree view of the cityscape, including important landmarks such as the Hancock Tower, Fenway Park, and Harvard University. On a clear day, you can see up to 100 miles. Be sure to pick up an audio guide, which is included in the cost of entry. It provides information about the points of interest you can see and offers historical information about the different neighborhoods. For a bite to eat or drink, head two floors up to The Top of the Hub restaurant. Plan your Skywalk Observatory visit and explore what else you can see and do in Boston using our Boston holiday planner.
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  • August 14, 2017
    We climbed the 50 floor quickly. You pay to get $19 per person. You can take the audio you indicate from each location what you see. A very interesting thing is the theater where they project of movie on the history of Boston, make you see from above all the most important places in this town (beautiful). A lifetime experience.
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  • August 11, 2017
    What a great way to start a Boston trip if you have a clear day. The audio commentary is informative and helps you get your bearings for the rest of your stay. Boston is a great walking city. Highly r...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    I would've seen something almost identical at Top of the Rock or the Empire State Building. Very expensive admissions fee too. Average-quality restaurant. The only thing I liked was the heights.  more »
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  • March 22, 2017
    If you want spectacular view about the beautiful Boston city from above... this is the place to go. Grab some lunch or pack some lunch in a tote and head to the top of Prudential center and spend the all evening here watching sun bathed and going to darkness slowly... It gives a great peace of mind and its wonderful see the life goes on from above... The observatory is a very spatial place where you can walk around and see the interactive sections and fortify your mind. There you find good topics like immigrant in early years,with exhibits,quiz booths to test your knowledge,and interesting facts about state of Massachusetts. Very cool place to spend some quality time!
  • June 22, 2017
    Recommended for a real overview (LITERALLY) of this beautiful City. Plenty of space to wander and a full 360 degree circuit observatory, with easy to read, and absorb, historic detail on wall plaques. I think I may re-visit at night time.
  • June 17, 2017
    It's not cheap but it's not just a skyline view either. Besides the great 360 degree view, especially at sunset, the interior walls are adorned with Boston history. An audio tour is also part of the price of admission. There is also a small room with rotating videos.
  • February 1, 2017
    This was a very enjoyable activity. It's located inside the prudential center. You take a elevator all the way to the top and you pay for it when you get off the elevator. Once you enter you get a fantastic view of Bostons landscape. I suggest that you buy a CityPass. The city pass was about $58 for me at the time. And it gives you a Boston Harbor Cruise Tour,Museum of Science or Fine Arts,and a entry to the aquarium. PLEASE LOOK AT THE WEATHER BEFORE YOU GO. It's best to visit the Skywalk on a clear day with sunshine and NO CLOUDS.
  • February 12, 2017
    Super beautiful place. While the pictures make it look like its outdoors, it's actually a nice indoor enclosure that gives you a 360 view walk of the skyline. A portion was blocked out while I was there but was still perfect. While you're at it try and do a time lapse video or something cool. Reflections can be annoying in the evening or night but pictures can still turn out amazing.

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