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Skywalk Observatory, Boston

(4.2/5 based on 750+ reviews on the web)
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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  • We went on a late afternoon to wait for the Sun. At the top of the building to vista is not the only attractive, there are interactive panels with information about sports, personalities and fun facts about the city.
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  • There is a bar/restaurant one floor up with great views and you can get a drink or two at the bar for the same price. 
  • you can have a good look on Boston from the top. it is good for some quiet time with family or friends. I liked it in the autumn. you could see the different tree colors from the top. 
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  • Awesome people. Nice view. Went to help with a engagement event. Staff is quick and helpful. Foggy day prevents pics
  • The view is pretty stellar! The reason for 2 stars is I called in the morning to see if they would be open in the evening and we were told they are. So I walked couple miles the whole way across town with my 5 year old son to find out it was open only to a private event. The person in charge didn't even say they were sorry, just said we had to leave now or security would escort us from the private event.
  • 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.
  • Gives you a great view of Boston. You can see downtown, the capitol, Charles River, the brownstones in Back Bay and a great view of Fenway Park.
  • Definitely a place to see during the day and not at night. The windows reflect all the light from inside onto the cityscape so it is hard to see anything. For the management, this could be solved quite easily with a curtain seperating the windows from the lights on the cieling so that guests can hop in and out between a lit area and artificial viewing hall. The audio tour is tragically uncoordinated with the exhibits which emit their own audio, making the whole walk a noisy and distracting experience. On top of that, the audio guides were clearly scripted to help you spot landmarks using references only visible by daylight. Ammendments could be made, not that the guide is really all that enticing in the first place when compared to other audio guided tours I've been on before. Otherwise, the view is great and the skywalk would make for an excellent introduction to the layout of a bright and vibrant city.