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 to visit Skywalk Observatory and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Boston attractions using our Boston holiday maker .
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  • A very good place to see Boston, amazing view. Historical info is also helpful. Going up was easy. Some proper photo facilities can be added.  more »
  • A fantastic view and an excellent self guided commentary. Try not to get stopped by the robot security guard and don't miss the story about the molasses!  more »
  • It was my first time in Boston so I decided to start there, I enjoyed the view and the audio tour was good ... I learned a lot and it explained every view.... another good point was you can choose the...  more »
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  • A nice view all around Boston, with some great interactive displays which were actually very informative. Videos are also played on a loop in the theater of city views and Boston residents. The audio guide is also great, but can be a bit long to listen to it all. Overall well worth spending an hour or two here. Reasonable ticket price too!
  • Nice place. Ensure that you don't go to this place very late. the really enjoyment is during 5-6 PM as you can see both the city with and without lights. I had taken my wife and kids with me to this place they enjoyed.
  • Amazing opportunity to see the city of boston from all sides. There is a theater as well that shows great movies about the city. Needs to be on the top of your list if your coming to the city you wont regret
  • The ticket booth is at the second level of the Prudential Center Mall, near an entrance to the Sheraton Hotel. The observatory is a great way to see the city from above. Notable places on view include Boston Common, Charles River and its bridges, MIT, Fenway Park, and sections of the 'Big Dig'. Come in the late afternoon and stay for sunset and the early evening to see the city by day and night. While waiting for sunset, you can learn about Boston and its historic neighborhoods by watching short films at the theater or reading the wall exhibits. It's fascinating to learn that most of the city that you see below were once water, built gradually as landfilling increased the city's land area significantly. While the $19 price might be a turn-off for some, the Boston CityPass will get you a cheaper deal plus admission to other top attractions in the city.
  • Loved the views!! I expected to spend 15 minutes tops, we were there for over an hour. The educational aspect was wonderful, topped off by the awesome views. There were 3 movies playing as well, loved it!

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